Basket Weave Cutting Board

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Project by ToddinNH posted 12-24-2013 12:07 AM 6525 views 32 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished applying the finish to a new cutting board. I finally attempted a basket weave design and I’m very happy with it. The idea came from quite a few different projects I looked at here on this site….thank you to everyone that shares these great projects.

I used hard maple, purple heart and walnut. This was certainly more challenging than the previous end grain boards I’ve done. The fun part for me was planning out all the cutting to ensure very precise consistent dimensions.

There’s almost no room for error with this type of design so it’s absolutely critical that all the pieces are square and the same size.

For my first glue-up I glued all the walnut strips to the maple. After they dried I ran them through the table saw and ripped about 1/32” off both faces. With the saw still set at the final width I ripped the purple heart. This ensured that the pieces were all the same width.

The 2nd glue-up was tough, I glued the entire board at once. If I make another I’ll slow things down and do a few pieces at a time as I’m sure it will be much easier that way.

Here’s a link to a drawing as well.

And here’s a link to an article I wrote with step-by-step directions for any beginners looking for some tips.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#1 posted 12-24-2013 12:34 AM

Well done…perfect joints ! The finish came out great as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 12-24-2013 12:46 AM

She’s a beauty !....Well done !.....Be prepared to be making more of them once friends and family see this. I made 5 of them this month. The glue ups aren’t that bad with a jig and by numbering your pieces. If you plan to make more, maybe my project post will be of some help…. In my post you will find links to other LJ members who built these as well. Again well done !

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 12-24-2013 12:48 AM

Thanks guys. @kdc68, your board is one that I looked at especially when I was figuring out the final glue-up. I did set up a bit of a jig, but I felt so rushed. Maybe next time I’ll be a bit more relaxed and it won’t bother me. You’ve got some beautiful projects as well.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#4 posted 12-24-2013 12:53 AM

Thank you sir. Love your board !....Seeing yours makes me want to use purple heart on a future one I make

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 12-24-2013 02:18 AM

Looking good. I like it….

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#6 posted 12-24-2013 02:27 AM

Looking good. I like it….

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 04:54 AM

Very nice weave board.
That’s definitely some glue up.
You did great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 12-24-2013 07:54 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#9 posted 12-24-2013 11:21 AM

This is the best board I’ve ever seen in this style. Really top notch color selection with clean, clear, consistent wood make a project outstanding. This board really has a ” POP ” to it. Excellent job.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 01:17 PM

I can only dream of replicating such craftsmanship – bravo

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 12-24-2013 01:28 PM

Great idea!! Good job.. Love it

-- Hope for the best but plan for the worst.

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#12 posted 12-24-2013 03:02 PM

What the others have said!

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#13 posted 12-24-2013 06:11 PM

Beautiful example. I’ve seen a few before but this one really beats them all. Anyone know where I can get some plans for a board like this? I think I found next year’s Christmas presents early.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#14 posted 12-24-2013 07:11 PM

Thanks again everyone for all the compliments. It certainly was a fun project.

@JimRochester – I created a quick PDF sketch of the board here:

I’ll be writing an article on the project over on my site at some point and I’ll try to come back and put a link to that as well.

-- Todd, the Tool Man -

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#15 posted 12-24-2013 07:40 PM

Excellent. Very, very nice.

-- Jay in Pennsylvania,

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