Basket Weave cutting board

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Project by rustfever posted 05-31-2016 02:12 AM 2219 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is time for summer vacation from school. I invited, again, my grandson from St. Louis to spend time in my wood shop in Central California. He will spend virtually every available day this summer with me. When I asked what he wanted to make, ‘A Basket Weave Cutting Board’ was his reply.

Sure I said, not knowing anything about how they went together.

So it was time to learn. Learn I did. I made two. This one I completely finished and presented to my wife, his Grandmother.

She loves it. [My daughter has put in an order for one, also] Neither will ever be used as cutting boards. Both will spend years on the ‘display’ shelf in the kitchen.

About the build;
I used the ‘Holy Trinity’; Maple, Walnut and Cherry. I started by gluing the Walnut to the maple. Then I sized all the material to width [ & thickness] in the wide belt sander [to within .005”].

I built a sled with a very precisely adjustable stop and cut each of 24 cherry pieces, 8 each of the short Maple/Walnut pieces, and 15 each of the long Maple/Walnut pieces.

I then assembled the 8 corner pieces, using clamps. WOW, that was a job. Then I assembled 1/2 of the board. Later I did the other half to the first half.

Viola! a little bit a clean up of glue, a couple passes thru the wide belt sander, a few dowels, sanding to 280, and a couple of treatments of mineral oil.

Of course, I cut nearly 2.5 time the number of pieces necessary to make one board. Only a couple were ‘Rejects’. So I was able to make two board. Yes, I did need to do a very minor amount of ‘putty’ work, but you would never find it.

Biggest issue, cutting each piece and following the grain across the piece. WOW

What will I do differently when G-Son arrives? Forget most of the clamps. I have made several ‘Wedge Clamping Boards’ for this project. I made a lot of identically tapered wedges of white oak to clamp the 47 pieces in precise alignment. This is faster, easier, and get better final result. But I did two dry-runs before I used the glue!

Yes, it is doable. Yes, it is tedious. Yes, it take a bit of time. Yes, the results are fantastic.

If I can do it, so can you!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 05-31-2016 12:27 PM

If I can do it, so can you!

—Rustfever, Central California

You might be right but I would surely run out of meds before I got it completed. Congrats on a beautiful board

-- 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 05-31-2016 02:04 PM

Really nice looking cutting board. I need to try one of these.

-- Chris K

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#3 posted 05-31-2016 06:16 PM

Hello rustfever

Very nice cutting board

I want to make one like yours in the future weeks

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 06-01-2016 06:18 PM

Ira great looking board.

-- 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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#5 posted 06-13-2016 09:50 PM

Nice work! Great to have the kids around. I actually have blanks glued up now to give this pattern a go, wish me luck!

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#6 posted 06-13-2016 10:28 PM

Fantastic work!

-- Currently turning lumber into sawdust at The Foundry,

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#7 posted 06-24-2016 11:52 AM

Finally catching up with my lj friends…

This looks great ira! I assume your Grandson has arrived and hope you both enjoy every minute together!

Great cutting board!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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