Cutting Board with a Letter in it, design questions?

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Forum topic by rlrobinhood posted 11-13-2012 07:23 PM 1476 views 1 time favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-13-2012 07:23 PM

Hi all,

I’m wanting to make a cutting board for a freind whose last name starts with an “F”. I figured I’d make the board an end grain style and use walnut and maple. This will be a first endgrain and second cutting board project for me, so…....hope it goes well.

My question to you deal primarily with glue up and design and I guess the underlying question lies around how wood expands/contracts and may effect the glued edge joints. I suspect that since this will be an endgrain cutting board, there won’t be any issues, but not sure. Let me know your thoughts.

I layed out two ideas. both conceptual and no real dimensions associated with this yet. One design involves using all squared blocks to develop the board and letter. The other design involves using rectanglular shaped blocks to achieve the same letter.

What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance :)

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#1 posted 11-14-2012 03:03 AM

Why don’t you make the letter one piece and then build the board around the letter.
To keep everything square on the letter raise your table saw blade to full height and cut the letter out. By doing it that way you would have a very small blade kerf on the back side to fill and the sides of your letter would be flat and square to glue the other board pieces to.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#2 posted 11-17-2012 01:35 AM

May I suggest that you build the assembly of smaller blocks so you have some flexibility towards balance. Trained as a graphic artist, I see the designs shown make the letter look off center and clunky. For example using four times as many blocks you can put a border of four down the left side leg of the F while shortening the top bar of the F by one (smaller) block, etc.
You could also go creative by building the entire panel of the blocks of choice. Cut or glue up another panel of contrasting wood and stack the two panels temporarily tacking them together with tape or hot glue. Then band saw or scroll saw a script style letter F. Reassemble the panels with the light color F in the dark back ground and the dark F in the light background. You end up with two panels with a nicely fitted letter in the center of each. Plan your cuts carefully so you don’t have saw slots to fill.
Good luck!

-- Dan Krager, Olney IL One should always prefer the probable impossible to the improbable possible.

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