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Project by ToddHolmDotCom posted 12-30-2014 06:27 PM 1495 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son is home from college and mentioned that he needed a cutting board because the cheap one his roommate bought was thin, warped, and small. Since I am one of a small handful of lumberjocks who have yet to post a cutting board photo I took the opportunity to help him make a cutting board and post this creation to the site.

The board is a chess board design with two inch squares. That makes a 16 inch square cutting board. We used Walnut and Curly Maple. The maple really does look nice and I think the woods contrast well. To give it a bit of a lip to grab onto when lifting it we routed a 3/8 groove around the edge. We finished it with three coats of butcher block finish. He is very pleased with it. I think it looks good and it was fun to have him in the shop. He hasn’t wanted to be in the shop since he was little.

Making this project reinforced the idea that I need a double drum sander.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#1 posted 12-30-2014 07:50 PM

Very nice cutting board…and making it with and for your son is really Great.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-30-2014 07:57 PM

And at some point in college he and his roommate can put down the xbox and learn how to play chess on this board as well.
Good job.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#3 posted 12-30-2014 08:26 PM

We played chess three times when he was six on the day he learned to play chess at school. The third game was a stalemate. They can play chess if they want, but I’m not getting involved (by the way I’m not bad at chess).

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#4 posted 12-31-2014 03:06 PM

nice looking board. I really like the routed groove around the perimeter.

-- Every day is another opportunity to create something great. [email protected]

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 01:10 PM

Just a little update. The board was a little too big for him to take back on the plan comfortably and putting it in checked luggage seemed like handing it to that gorilla from the American Tourister commercials from a couple decades ago. So we mailed it to him. It arrived yesterday broken. See the pictures below. I can see that MAYbe if I really cranked down those clamps I could have squeezed out enough glue to weaken a joint (I regularly over glue so I know it wasn’t that there wasn’t enough glue to begin with). But how do they explain putting enough pressure on it to crack one inch thick hardwood right down the center of a 2 inch square. I am very disheartened.

-- Todd "I am just a teacher and a carpenter, that doesn't mean I have a God complex. But I am complex."

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#6 posted 01-05-2015 03:33 PM

The board looks great. Nice work. The second pictures and updates are disheartening. I have experienced something similar after making a solid cutting board similar to yours and after accidentally dropping it on the counter top (glad it was me), it cracked.

In this situation, I hate to provide advice because I know you put a lot of work into the original board. My daughter just learned how to play checkers (she’s 7 yrs old) and I am making a board for her but will be doing it from hand-cut (or you can buy the veneer if you don’t have a band saw. That way put it on a substrate that is more stable.

-- Matt, Arizona

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