I first cutting board

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Project by oklahomaben posted 04-13-2014 03:58 PM 1766 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I made this cutting board for one of my best friends who is a chef and did all the cooking for our wedding. He is also an Alabama fan. I over look that. I made it out of maple and cherry, the cherry cut pretty good, I got SOME burning in it but not a lot. The maple on the other hand…..well…. As you can see I got quite a bit of burning. I was cutting to the left of the blade and after examination after the fact my blade is kicked out a little to the left on the back end. So after that I made a router jig to flatten everything out since I don’t have a drum sander. Then I did the inlay I took and glued a few pieces of blood wood together to make a sheet sort of. And then used spray adhesive to sick the logo to the blood wood and cut it out on the band saw. Then put the cut out on the board traced it with a pen and routed it out…I need up with a gap! So I tried to fill it with putty but it looked horrible so I used the bit that looks like a top and routed out a line around the enter thing and filled it in with fine blood wood sawdust and wood glue to make it look like an outline. Then Sanded The Whole Thing And routed the edges and made the handle. I think next time I’ll make the handle in the middle of the board instead of one end. All in all I think it turned out really well and a GREAT leaning experience!!!!!! The blood wood shimmers in the light!!!!

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#1 posted 04-13-2014 08:36 PM

That’s a really beautiful cutting board. Making gifts for friends are always my favorite projects.

-- I measured once, cut twice, and its still too short...

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#2 posted 04-14-2014 03:11 PM

Nice looking board, you might try Epoxy in the crack instead of putty or wood glue next time.

Love the Inlaid A though

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#3 posted 04-15-2014 07:45 AM

Very Interesting.

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#4 posted 04-16-2014 04:42 PM

Clever recovery!

What kind of router bit did you use for flattening?

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#5 posted 04-17-2014 12:40 AM

A mortise bottom flattening bit…it worked pretty good. Left some small swirls that had to be sanded out. I’ve heard a …something bowl bit works really well and might not leave the swirls.

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#6 posted 04-17-2014 01:21 AM

a router bushing kit here
is good for both cutting the part
and making the inlay hole
here a good video of its use
you can make your own templates
just don’t have tight ‘rays’ or corners where the inlay bushing can’t follow
they do come in different sizes
with different bushing sizes each
that correspond to the bit diameter needed for each

the bowl bit you mentioned
will work for flattening
as it has rounded corners
but not for inlays
as it leaves rounded corners when sunk into the work
unless you want to use epoxy (it can be colored)
to create a ‘border’ around the inlay

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-17-2014 02:21 AM

Yea for the inlay I drilled a small hole with a drill bit and the stuck my strait bit in to that and used that. Then poured a cap ton of wood glue into it :)

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#8 posted 04-17-2014 02:22 AM

But to flatten the entire board I used the mortise bit. Since I don’t have a drum sander

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#9 posted 04-17-2014 02:26 AM

I’ve been working on making my Harbor Freight lathe into a drum sander, but the thing is a mess. I may try making a drum out of PVC with a head and tailstock cone to keep it in place. The sanding task for cutting boards, especially end grain, caused me to give up after the last Christmas batch. Heck, I still have 8 or 9 in ‘pre-sanding’ stage that I’m just not doing with an orbital.

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#10 posted 04-17-2014 02:34 AM

I put the cutting board on my table saw and used cardboard to wedge it up and then hot glued it to the table…then put two stacks of plywood I cut into strips and screwed together to build up on each side and hot glued those to the table as well and just took a small 1×4 and cut a hole in it for the bit to fit thru and slid it back and forth. It worked pretty good, I found that if I only went one way (usually towards me) it left less grooves. I sanded it with an square orbital sander and I didn’t really have to sand all that much to be honest I went 80, 100, 140, 220 grit and that thing felt like GLASS!!!! I spent all in all with all the grits….maybe 2 hours on it at the most. What kind of wood do you use for your boards? This one is cherry and maple. I want to make some more but there EXPENSIVE to make!!!! Just the wood alone is almost 50$ for me.

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#11 posted 04-17-2014 02:36 AM

Ohhh and I’m wanting to build a drum sander. Stumpy nubs has a plan to build your own that I like and there a couple guys on here that have build there own and have had success with them!!!

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