Monogram End Grain Cutting Board #1: Getting Started

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 07-12-2013 03:26 PM 3705 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Greetings & Salutations,

I just got the news a little while back that my youngest nephew is getting married
this December. I am looking forward to that as it will be a good excuse to go to
Florida for some good times with some of the family.

I wanted to come up with a different kind of gift but also wanted something that
I would not have to carry in my pickup. Being kind of practical since the P/U gets
18 mpg and my Prius gets 51 mpg that would take a big dent out of the travel budget.

I did a bunch of research and knowing that my nephew and his new bride both like
to cook I decided on the logical choice of an end grain cutting board.

I also wanted it to be something very different that maybe you would not see just

While searching around I found one of our fellow LJ had done a really unique board
here and after reading over and studying
I thought I could adapt this technique to making a monogramed board.

I made my pattern on graph paper then scoured the shop for what wood I had on hand.
After some quick calculations I figured with the oak, cherry and walnut I had I would have
just enough to get the job done.

So after cutting all to the length I wanted then running through the jointer and planer
it was time to start cutting strips to make the board. I discovered that to make this
board the way I wanted and have it be proportional and a decent size I would need
442 pieces.

This pic shows the pieces just rough stacked but you can see the 3 letters
very easily.

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

3 comments so far

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#1 posted 07-12-2013 04:59 PM

442 pieces? Now that is a lot of glue up!

-- "Nothing happens until you build it"

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#2 posted 07-12-2013 11:55 PM

Gene, not quite the same thing, but MUCH less wood required. I laid it out using excel, then used Cutting Board Designer developed by fellow LJ Jeremy Greiner to get the procedural instructions.

Anyhow, I hope the newlyweds enjoy your efforts.

-- Art

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Jeremy Greiner

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#3 posted 10-16-2013 06:54 PM

Heya Gene,
Check out the cutting board designer as Art mentions there’s a 7 day free trial link in my signature, it really helps with the design process then tells you exactly what you need to make the pattern you designed :)


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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