Guitar Cutting Board

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Project by Marty 529 posted 02-16-2015 06:41 PM 2356 views 12 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My second attempt at a cutting board. This was for my daughter and son-in-law. They both play guitar and love to cook. Being new to this I’m not sure of the best ways of doing these things. My first board was just all glued. With this board I was concerned about pieces not coming apart thru the process of the build. So I may have gone over kill. The pictures show the order in which I build the guitar board.

The board is made of Cherry, Maple and Walnut and is about 1-1/8 inches thick. I started with the center section. I doweled the neck to the first part of the body. I didn’t know if I should trust gluing the end grain. I then cut grooves and sunk the walnut stings in about 5/16 deep on each side. Someone told me I didn’t need to inlay the strings. I could have just cut strips and glued everything together. My fear was that the Cherry and Maple strips would be glued on the end grain and the walnut would be doing the only holding. Plus I wasn’t sure how I would do the glue up with some long pieces and some short, end to end pieces. So I’m not sure if I went over kill or not here.

After the center section was complete I glued the outer pieces onto it. I use extruded aluminum as my flat pieces for glue up. They are very rigid, straight, flat and glue doesn’t stick to them. They are left over pieces from projects at work. I actually just built myself a small lathe out of it as well. I would like to make some rolling pins and other small round stuff. Next I did a couple sketches and cut out the shape. I did make some errors on the scale of the guitar, but I’m learning. Better detailed sketches is a must. Then paying attention and not being in a hurry helps.

Any comments and advise is more than welcome. I admit to being a novice with wood :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#1 posted 02-16-2015 08:31 PM

overkill may be an understatement but none the less it’s a REALLY nice cutting board. A lot of thought regarding the recipients makes it more than just a cutting board.
I’m certainly no expert on cutting boards but imho “ya done good ! “

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 01:25 AM

As I was admiring your project, my 17 year old son looked over my shoulder and said, “That’s really cool!”
I would have to agree. Nice job.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 01:43 AM

Nice work, well executed I am inspired to try one.

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#4 posted 02-17-2015 04:00 PM

good idea and fine work. thanks for showing

-- phil, nevada

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#5 posted 02-17-2015 04:56 PM

I have made a few of these and I would say you did a good job with yours. I don’t worry about the joint you doweled, but I could be fooling myself. I do make the neck a little longer as a handle for better balance when it is picked up. Nice wood choices. Mine get a lot of attention at shows.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#6 posted 02-17-2015 09:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback everyone.
Robert, you have some impressive boards. I may have to try some of those styles :)
Dick, I am still having a problem breaking away from the tool and die mentality I think, lol.

-- Marty, Ohio

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