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AandCstyle

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738 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question bandsaw scroll saw router end grain cutting board

I have been asked to make an end grain cutting board that will have a circle in the center about 4-6 inches in diameter. Think of the Japanese flag. The circle will be a different wood than the surrounding wood meaning that there will be some difference in the seasonal movement of the 2 woods. My first question: Is this even a practical idea to attempt?

I have thought that I might be able to make 2 appropriately sized circles as patterns, cut both pieces close with my BS and scroll saw, clean them up with a straight cutting router bit and finally glue the circle into the opening in the larger board. My second question: Does this process seem workable?

Finally, I am open to any and all thoughts and suggestions as to any better options.

TIA!

-- Art


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Jeremy Greiner

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#1 posted 738 days ago

If I where making an end grain cutting board out with a circle in the middle like that (which should be fine) this is the method I would use.

I’d use templates for this, it’ll be much much easier and it won’t be so expensive if you screw up.

Using a circle cutting jig, I would create 2 circle templates, one for the inside and one for the outside. With a router bushing installed and a spiral bit I’d slowly cut the out the circles in both the main board, and the circle board.

You could also cut the templates out on the bandsaw if you prefer, and you don’t need a router bushing, you can use a straight bit with a bearing on it as well, I’d just cut around the circles with a jigsaw to get it close so you don’t risk the bit grabbing the wood as easily.

The best part of templates, is if you screw up (ya I know, no one ever screws up) .. you’re just out some mdf or plywood .. instead of the whole cutting board.

-jeremy

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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AandCstyle

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#2 posted 737 days ago

Jeremy,

“Using a circle cutting jig, I would create 2 circle templates, one for the inside and one for the outside. With a router bushing installed and a spiral bit I’d slowly cut the out the circles in both the main board, and the circle board.”

This seems like a simpler solution. Thank you!

-- Art

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 737 days ago

Anytime, that’s why I love lumberjocks :) it’s a place we can all share ideas .. I can’t wait to see how it turns out make sure to post pictures.

If it works, just think of all the cool inlay style designs you could do, as long as you made the proper templates for them.

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer: http://www.1024studios.com/cuttingboard.html

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#4 posted 737 days ago

Any other suggestions/options?????

-- Art

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