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I saw one of these online and wanted to try it. The stripes are maple and cherry..the union is purpleheart. I learned a lot about the flag when researching the proportions of the different elements. Once I decided on the width of the stripes, everything else is a percentage of that dimension.

I left the outside stripes and pieces of the union slightly oversize so I could joint everything as it went together


Witness marks for flattening in my drum sander…


Getting it’s mineral oil bath…

I did shave a bit off the length ( that is called the “Fly”) of the flag..by the proportion guide it should have been a little longer, but it didn’t look right to me for a cutting board. I pondered a lot of different ways to do the stars..hand inlays, paint, dye, mortised squares or circles. Everything I could think of either wouldn’t work with a cutting board, or was way too tedious and time consuming. I think it looks good just the way it is..there’s no mistaking what it is! Next one I think i will try using Redheart and Maple for the stripes…but I think I will stick with Purpleheart for the union..it looks pretty close to blue. I was thinking after I routed the edges that A: I should have left the outside edges a little large because the round over makes them look undersized, and B: maybe I should have just left them square edged, with a slight break. Oh well, learn as you go..the friend I made it for loves it so thats all that matters in the end!

For anyone interested, here is a link to the US Flag Specifications

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JoeinGa

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#1 posted 145 days ago

EXCELLENT Sir! (insert saluting smiley face here)

When I was pumping out 8 or 10 cutting boards every month to give away I tried several times to make one like the flag. I never was quite happy with the way it looked so none of them ever saw the light of day.

I’m gonna favorite this one so when I finally do get a shop built here I’ll give it another go. THANKS for sharing!

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savannah505

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#2 posted 145 days ago

Very cool piece, haven’t seen anything like this in a cutting board. Way to go bud.

-- Dan Wiggins

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steve_in_ohio

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#3 posted 145 days ago

Wow, that is amazing, awesome work

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sgmdwk

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#4 posted 145 days ago

I spent 24 years in uniform, and I have to say that I find the idea of using our nation’s flag as a cutting board rather insulting.

-- Dave K.

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#5 posted 145 days ago

The workmanship and woodworking skills are the important thing here. Nice Job!

-- Canadian Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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mtenterprises

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#6 posted 145 days ago

I also agree with sgmdwk

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Brad_Nailor

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#7 posted 145 days ago

sgmdwk
First of all..you don’t have to say anything..you choose to make your comment..secondly, it’s not as if this is an actual American flag that is being desecrated..it’s more of paying homage to the actual item. The friend I made it for is a conservative, Tea Party patriot and he was thrilled that he could display this item in his kitchen and felt it was a great symbol of his patriotism..and he liked it so much he didn’t even want to cut on it..but I insisted that it be used. Do you have problems with people that wear shirts that are flags? Or hats?..Did you post negative comments on the other project posts where people did American flag cutting boards, or is it just mine? But anyways thanks for your comment..I think…but let me get it straight..your OK with it, except for the fact that someone might chop up some vegetables on it? Is that the jist of your argument? If it were an American flag trivet, would that make it better? Or is it equally as offensive to put hot pans on it? If someone makes an American flag cake, and then eats it..would that offend you too?

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Brad_Nailor

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#8 posted 145 days ago

Listen..I didn’t intend for this to become a political pissing contest. I made this piece and I welcome any constructive comments about it..positive or negative..but keep your politics to yourself..you want to tell me you think it sucks because I didn’t use the right woods..or its not sanded properly, etc..then fine. If it somehow offends you politically..I really could care less.

Anyways, thanks for the non political comments guys..I appreciate it.

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 145 days ago

Nice job Brad, I have thought about doing one with paduak and maple but the paduak is too expensive.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Brad_Nailor

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#10 posted 145 days ago

Thanks Novice..
Ya, Paduak is pricy..Like I said in the blog I want to try and use red heart on the next one (yes I am making more because everyone I show it to wants one) and Red heart is pretty pricey as well.

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mtenterprises

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#11 posted 145 days ago

After going away for a bit and thinking I thought my comment a bit short allow me to make this addition. My only complaint is the use of our nations flag as a cutting board of which I will not apologize But it is a very nice job well executed so I might suggest build an equally nice frame for it and make a wall hanging of it. I personally would hate to see that put to the abuse of a cutting board.

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oldnovice

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#12 posted 145 days ago

Brad, I don’t suppose that poplar dyed red would be hard enough for a cutting board!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Brad_Nailor

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#13 posted 145 days ago

Thank you for your comment MTN…Most of my boards don’t get cut on..people think they are too pretty to ruin with knife marks..but I insist.

Sorry I don’t agree with your other view..I made this as a tribute to our flag..It’s not as if it’s a REAL flag that I hoisted down off the flag pole and started chopping up potatoes on it..I guess I should interpret it as a compliment..if it Didn’t look like what I wanted it to look like nobody would be giving me crap about it!

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Brad_Nailor

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#14 posted 145 days ago

Ya..pop would be a little too soft for a cutting board..not to mention I don’t know if I would ever use dye on a cutting board..I like to keep them as natural, and FDA compliant as I can (mineral oil, Tight Bond glue approved for food contact)

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#15 posted 145 days ago

Have you looked into Bloodwood versus Redheart ? I bought some Bloodwood just for this purpose, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. Also , the thought of stars or dots is holding me back. Your board looks great : )

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