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Forum topic by IAMike posted 11-25-2016 11:44 PM 361 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2016 11:44 PM

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Hi All,

I’d like to make an end-grain cutting board with a monogrammed “R” in the middle. Thinking maple background with walnut or cherry monogram. Looking for suggestions on how to do this. The first thought I had was to make it a block letter with diagonally-divided (half maple half cherry) blocks for the transition between background and monogram. Now I’m wondering if there’s a good way to use a bandsaw to cut a cherry end-grain block to an actual R and then use a router or the same bandsaw in order to copy the form and make it fit like any other inlaid pattern. Looking for some suggestions or alternate ideas from the experts. Thanks!

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#1 posted 11-26-2016 02:28 PM

If you have people with a CNC or Laser engraver, you can have them cut both very quick with minimum cost.


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#2 posted 11-26-2016 02:53 PM

Check out this video by Marius Hornberger (at about 2:50 minutes into the video).
The clever technique he used to put a letter into a segmented turned bowl might work for your cutting board. He basically used double sided to tape to attach the inlay to the background and cut the letter out on both with a scroll saw using a spiral blade. The key is that he tilted the table very slightly 1-2 degrees so that the sort of conical shape causes the hole in background be smaller to negate the blade kerf. Theoretically, you could do this with a band saw but you would have to cut into the side to get the interior of the R removed but you should be able to glue a thin strip into the cut to “repair” that.

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