Need help on a special cutting board

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Ampeater posted 05-12-2009 07:09 PM 1218 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Ampeater's profile


441 posts in 3981 days

05-12-2009 07:09 PM

I have a nephew who is getting married in early August and I would like to make him and his wife a special cutting board. I would like it to have a double wedding ring (two rings interlocked) with the letter “M” in the center of one ring and the letter “H” in the center of the other ring. I would also like to inlay the date of their wedding near the bottom of the board. It will probably be an end grain board.

I have a few questions?

1. I am thinking about having the rings made from 16 pieces for each ring. It would not be inlaid but would go all the way through the cutting board. The pieces would be made similar to the way that turners make segmented bowls. The initials “M” and “H” could also be made the same way, as they both would look the same from either side of the board. Am I biting off more than I can chew here? Making the pieces for the rings would be doable. Even the letters are possible but more difficult. How hard is it going to be to get all of the other pieces that go around and inside the rings to fit?

2. If I add the inlayed wedding date, how deep would the inlay have to be to make sure that if won’t be damaged by water?

3. Would TB III be the best glue to use?

I would really appreciate any ideas, advice, or help that your can provide.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

3 replies so far

View lew's profile


12495 posts in 3989 days

#1 posted 05-12-2009 07:27 PM

Obviously a one of a kind cutting board!

Making the typical jigs for cutting segmented pieces may not work here. Perhaps an adjustable angle jig with hold downs and then a cut and fit procedure. You already have the design in your head. I would put it, full size, on a piece of hardboard/plywood so you can see where the cuts can be made and use that as a pattern to cut, locate and fit each piece. Once all are cut then you can figure out how much you and glue and clamp at one time.

I think Tight Bond III will give you a little more open time when working with the pieces and it is definitely water proof- not that the cutting board should ever be placed “in” water.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

View Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)'s profile

Dustin Ward (aka Tearen)

176 posts in 4184 days

#2 posted 05-12-2009 08:12 PM

Sounds like a great wedding gift. TB 2 or 3 would be fine. If you were going to do an inlay, you would probably want to go at least .25” deep or more. This would allow you to refinish the board in the future (that is if they could ever allow themselves to use it!)

Not to change your design, what about doing an inlay with epoxy or powdered stone? I have done pieces in conjunction with a local person with a laser carver. They were able to cut a very lovely bell in the corner of a cutting board, dates, names, etc and I filled it with colored epoxy (wedding colors).

View a1Jim's profile


117416 posts in 3811 days

#3 posted 05-12-2009 09:48 PM

sounds like a great idea and quit challenging

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics