A few Cutting Boards

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Project by SPalm posted 12-22-2008 03:41 PM 6073 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I joined the wave of cutting board building. This was a first for me. Great to be back in the shop.

The first one is a basket weave made with maple, cherry, and walnut. I ran out of 6/4 maple so I used some 3/4 and adjusted the size of the walnut blocks to enlarge the board. It is a foot square.

The second pic are some walnut and maple increasing strip type boards. I actually made three of these but one has already been given away. The strips were bandsawed to approximate width and then reduced to the desired size with my thickness sander. I’ve really grown to love that sander.

The third pic is of an endgrain board made with cut-offs of my daughter’s beech counter top. The counter itself is not endgrain, but I took the several small cut-offs, flipped then around, glued them all up, and sanded like crazy.

Here is a trick that I found useful. To level a raw board before sanding, I added several increasing levels of blue masking tape until the board would not rock. It is shown upside down. I then thickness sanded the top until smooth, flipped the board over, removed the tape, and sanded the other side.

This is a pic of the glue up of the basket weave board. I used a slab of granite to keep all the parts level. I am happy that I practiced the clamping before applying the glue. It paid off. This could have been a frustrating glue up. It went without a hitch.

Just a stupid pic, but these cheap little bench dogs have come in real handy. Just dowels.

This is random. Here is walnut bowl that I turned last week. This was the first turning that I have done in over thirty years. It was a kick to get back on the lathe.

Thanks for looking,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 12-22-2008 04:02 PM

Welcome back, Steve…. I haven’t seen much of you around here lately. It’s good to see you’ve been in the shop.

I’m still trying to figure out these basket weave designs. You did the whole pattern in a single glue-up?

Looks great!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-22-2008 05:37 PM

Nice cutting boards and the trick whit masking tape is handy sometimes.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 12-22-2008 06:29 PM

Beautiful boards and the tape tip is priceless for this newbie : )
Thank you and Happy Holidays to you and yours !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 12-22-2008 09:09 PM

I hope my wife never sees this, you guys make my cutting boards look HORRIBLE.

-- Eric Arizona/Argentina -- Cut twice measure once

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#5 posted 12-22-2008 09:46 PM

Nice cutting boards. And thanks for the glue-up photos. Did you put packuing tape on the wood frame to keep the board from sticking to it?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 12-22-2008 09:49 PM

Nice job Steve, they look great.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 12-23-2008 02:16 AM

Thanks guys.

Yup Charlie, this weave design has to go together all at the same time. It’s a bugger if you don’t prepare.

And yup Karson, plastic packing tape has become a real favorite of mine. I put is on cauls and clamps. It’s great. Just remember to take it off the next day or it becomes permanent.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 12-23-2008 06:17 AM

Great tip on leveling before sanding….

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 09:10 PM

Thanks for sharing your tips. I am much impressed with how clean everything is in your photos, where’s the sawdust?

-- Fred, Georgia

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 03:52 AM

steve, you constantly amaze me with your talent. wish i had 1/4 of what you have. the bench dogs in the picture, are the smaller dowels in the back side used in case the hold is slightly off?? thanks, paul

-- wiser1934, new york

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 12:20 PM

Hey Paul.
The small dowel is used to keep the dog from falling all the way through the hole and ending up on the floor. The size of the large dowels is smaller than the dog hole.

This project post is over three years old and I still use them a lot. Thanks for trip down memory lane. It was back in the days when you could only have 3 pictures in the project box.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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