Cutting Board

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Project by mmax posted 06-29-2014 02:09 PM 2078 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Use hard maple for the board, cherry for the inserts and walnut for the pegs. I used a mixture of mineral oil and beeswax for the finish.
Made this same board before, but was not happy with the results. I used a dado king this time and was able to get much better results for the cherry inserts.

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Steve Cherry

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#1 posted 06-29-2014 02:53 PM

Max; nice board – looks like it turned out well. I made this board along with two others for my wife for Christmas the year before last. She loves them, although they are far from perfect. I used my cheapo Harbor Freight dado blade, so I know what you mean about getting the inserts to fit correctly. Maybe I’ll include a Dado King in my wish list for my retirement shop! Thanks for posting.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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#2 posted 06-29-2014 06:17 PM

I made these as well but I like yours. The walnut pegs really stand out. Don’t recall having any issues with the dado. I made two of the larger boards, sold one, kept one.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#3 posted 06-29-2014 06:22 PM

I made a couple of these over the years, yours turned out well.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#4 posted 06-29-2014 08:32 PM

You have done a better job than I did my first time…well done!!

-- Be safe.

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#5 posted 06-29-2014 08:38 PM

Great work! I too have built this board, it is a fun challenge.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 03:09 PM

Oh, you guys make me so envious! Any suggestion on how I can learn this type of joinery? Beautiful work!

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 03:32 PM

Not to diminish what Max did, but this was in an older Woodsmith magazine. I made a set and they really aren’t that difficult. I actually like Max’s a little better than mine. He used a better contrasting wood for the dowels giving it a richer look. And I didn’t back up my board enough when I drilled causing a touch of blowout on the back side. Something like this should be able to be used on both sides and mine cannot. Kudos to Max for the great job.

The secret to great woodworking? Make the easy look hard and the hard look easy. Keep everyone impressed.

Look up past issues of Woodsmith. If it doesn’t break any rules I would be willing to lend you mine. Just send it back when you are done.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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