My entry in the Cutting Board Makers Club

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Project by Alan Hart posted 05-17-2015 01:59 PM 5726 views 17 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my third attempt making a 3D cutting board. First two I didn’t get the angle right. It’s made out of maple, cherry, and walnut. I used the plans that SPalm and RetiredCoastie have but changed it a little.

I made a jig on my miter gauge with a toggle clamp to get the angle just right. I cut 1 1/2 wide stripes out of scrap 1/4 hard board and cut 3 pieces to get the angle. I Put them together to make sure no light was going through the joints. Once set I started cutting.

They are cut like they did and clamped together like Retired did but I used wax paper so it wouldn’t stick to the clamping jig. Now the real fun began.

I tried clamping the first two boards like they did but I couldn’t get the corners to line up good. So I used tape, pic2, and pic3.

After that I glued everything together, pic4, sanded and oiled with mineral oil.

The one big mistake I made, I think it is anyway, is that it’s only 1 inch thick. Next one I make will be 1 1/2 or more.

Now the question I have for my fellow lumberjocks is why did some the maple end grain turn dark after I oiled it? Now it looks like the cherry next to it and it doesn’t have the 3D look I wanted.

I made this for my niece that just got married. I don’t think she will use it, I looks to good to use. But I will tell her that she will probably get a new one that’s thicker and has the right 3D look to it. I have more nieces and nephews getting married in the next few years so it looks like I’ll be making more, maybe even different styles.

Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

-- Al Hart

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#1 posted 05-17-2015 04:52 PM

very well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#2 posted 05-17-2015 05:15 PM

Looks great

-- Dreaming patterns

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#3 posted 05-17-2015 08:06 PM

Welcome to the club… well done Sir….

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 03:38 AM

awesome, so want to do…

-- Rob - Indianapolis IN - Learning... one mistake at a time...

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 10:30 AM

Nice work Alan. Looks fiddly but you have lined all the joints up well seems a shame to chop on it!

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#6 posted 05-18-2015 02:15 PM

Well done Al. That design takes some futzing to get it right.
It seems like your futzing did it justice. I guess that is the reason it has that Wow factor.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 05-18-2015 03:37 PM

Thanks Steve, I’m glad you like it. Putting all the triangles together with tape worked allot better than clamps, I think anyway. The only problem I have that I can’t figure out is why the end grain of the maple turned dark on some. I used scrap wood so it’s not from the same board. Any ideas? It looked fine up until I put the oil on it, then my heart sank. Not the look I wanted with only a few days before the wedding and no time to make another. The next one I make is your steps cutting board and then your Mobius cutting board. Hope you don’t mind me stealing your ideas, but damn they’re good.

-- Al Hart

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#8 posted 05-18-2015 11:33 PM

Nice, will be interestng to hear why it did get darker on some. Great Job reguardless.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 05-19-2015 11:44 PM

Very nice look to it. Very nice 3D design. Kudos to those who designed it. And kudos to the accurate angles.

-- Joe - I am not entirely worthless, I can always serve as a bad example.

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#10 posted 05-28-2015 11:01 PM

I have had the same problem on some of my cutting boards. I asked the same question. Can’t find the answer right now. But as I seem to remember it had to do with the sanding and not getting the surface 100% clean. Then oxidation of the sanding dust with the oil. But it did seem to go away after a while.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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