diamonds board

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Project by dougsmith posted 05-26-2014 02:37 AM 2127 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 40 year old pine cutting board finally gave out (an old friend, but it’s time had come). I made this one after Arudson’s design here. It is 15×20 x 1-1/4 inches in rock maple and padauk. I did the penultimate glue-up in 2 pieces so I could fit them through a 12.5” planer. The inlaid pieces were only added on one side so they would come out on alternating blocks in the end grain after crosscutting. I lined up the grain so it would “follow” the diamond pattern, and also glued pieces for the ends separately so there would be no diamonds there. It’s finished with mineral oil and beeswax. It’s such a pleasure to have a nice big work surface now (I love to cook)!

-- Doug

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#1 posted 05-31-2014 03:01 AM

Outstanding cutting board I love the design with the inlays. How did you cut in the diamond in lays?


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#2 posted 05-31-2014 10:51 AM

Thanks – I like the design; simple, but elegant. I chamfered one corner of every strip with a 5/8” bit on a router table after cutting about 3” off the ends (the ends were glued together separately). I used a scraper to clean up the grooves after glue-up of the pieces. I planed three pieces of padouk about 3/4” square and ripped them on a 45 degree angle. The triangular strips were then glued into the channels. If you zoom the 3rd picture you can see how it looked after planing the resulting slabs. Those were then cross-cut and the ;resulting strips rotated to expose the end grain and bring the triangles together to form the diamond shapes.

-- Doug

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