Raised Cutting Board with Cutout

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Project by CueballRosendaul posted 12-02-2015 05:31 PM 61264 views 85 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve seen pictures of these online and always wanted to make one, so when I came into some material that was just right, I could see the finished project from the start. Solid ash, about 1 1/4” thick. These started as flat slabs glued up in typical fashion, then I sliced 1” strips off the sides to glue up as a riser. I turned the cutoff down so that it would have a bookmatch on the sides. Before gluing them on, I cut a 10 1/2” diameter arc on a 10° back bevel. A few minutes at the drum sander and roundover bit for the edges finished the shaping. I used Danish oil to finish with several coats and a little steel wool action. Smoooooth.

Although I used my 10” frying pan to size the diameter, I actually like the way a plate fits under the riser. Overall, the board is 15 1/2” long and 10 1/2” wide. Total height is about 3” with the addition of the rubber feet.

I had enough material to make two matching boards. Much as I wanted to keep one of them, they went to my daughter’s house for photography and listing in our Etsy store. I’m sure I’ll be making a few more of them in the near future.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#1 posted 12-02-2015 05:43 PM

Great idea and well done!

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 06:08 PM

I like it. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 12-02-2015 06:24 PM

Like the others have said….Great idea. Sizing for a plate…so practical.

Thanks for sharing

-- Dan, TN

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#4 posted 12-02-2015 07:36 PM

That’s damn clever, wish I had thought of that while making mine.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#5 posted 12-02-2015 07:48 PM

Great job Matt, I like it.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#6 posted 12-02-2015 07:54 PM

Sheer genius! Never saw one like that but the design is most practical. Great job!

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#7 posted 12-02-2015 09:02 PM

So simple and clever, but what a great idea and nice execution as well.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#8 posted 12-02-2015 09:12 PM

Cool and innovative! Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 12-02-2015 09:15 PM

That is a real great solution to curing kitchen messes. Hope you got a patent before you posted.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 12-02-2015 09:55 PM

OK – I have to make one of these. Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#11 posted 12-02-2015 09:59 PM

That looks great!!
Is Danish Oil a “food grade” finish?

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#12 posted 12-03-2015 12:29 AM

Great concept. Very clever idea.

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

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 02:03 AM

Thank you all. Yes, Danish oil is food and toy safe when dry. I prefer it over mineral oil on many projects because min oil never dries, but Danish oil is a “drying oil” that penetrates and dries IN the wood instead of ON the wood.

-- Matt CueBall Rosendaul. I don't think I've ever had a cup of coffee that didn't have cat hair or sawdust in it.

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#14 posted 12-03-2015 03:09 AM

very practical. love the design. incidentally not all danish oils are food safe. best one to use is called tried and true available from lee valley tools and some others. thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#15 posted 12-03-2015 04:41 AM

I do not make positive comments on many projects
but when I do
I say really really nice item

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