Obligatory cutting boards

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Project by revanson11 posted 02-01-2017 08:06 PM 2604 views 12 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided that I needed to take a break from making larger pieces of furniture and try my hand a a smaller yet more detailed piece. After being on LJ’s for a few years now it looked to me as if a lot of you fellow woodworkers at one time or another make a cutting board or two. I am a fan of Andrei from MTM Woodworking in Russia. He is prolific cutting board maker and has been willing to share his projects on Youtube. I was particularly intrigued by this particular design. Looking at it from one corner it appears to rise up into a pyramid and looking from the alternate corner the pyramid seems to sink down into the board. This was a beast to make. 36 discrete glue ups with 60 to 90 minutes between each one. The board is made from Walnut and Maple. I ended up with some extra pieces and had enough to make another board of a smaller design. I think that I am hooked and will be making some more for presents. These are finished with 50-50 mix of General Salad Bowl Finish and Mineral Spirits and a bees wax polish.

-- Randy, Central MN

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#1 posted 02-01-2017 09:00 PM

Nice job. Andrei is an inspiration for a lot of us. I have made several of his designs. They tend to be advanced dispelling the notion that cutting boards are for beginners. You did a very nice job.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 02-01-2017 09:23 PM

Really nice…love the illusion

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#3 posted 02-02-2017 01:10 AM

Great board. The 36 glue-ups were definitely worth it! I too am a fan of Andrei, he is a both an artist and a craftsman.

-- AJ

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#4 posted 02-02-2017 03:16 AM

I am also a fan of Andrei, but I had not seen the “pyramid” pattern before. Nice job on both boards.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 02-02-2017 05:14 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 02-02-2017 04:58 PM

awesome board ,building one now ,hope mine comes out as good as yours ,you did Andrei proud

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#7 posted 02-02-2017 05:52 PM

They look great!

I’ve watched his videos many times and want to try his butterfly pattern out sometime.

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#8 posted 02-02-2017 06:04 PM

If you try the big butterfly board, PM me. I’ve made a couple of them and have some recommendations which I feel make it easier.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#9 posted 02-02-2017 06:33 PM

Very nice

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#10 posted 02-02-2017 09:12 PM

Boggles the mind, I have to try some of these designs some day!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#11 posted 02-03-2017 01:41 PM

I was like, yeah, that’s a great pattern to try next….then I read how many glue ups. Not sure I have enough time left on this great earth to accomplish that one ;) Very nice. Really does draw the eye.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#12 posted 02-06-2017 05:17 AM

brilliant looking board. thanks for the heads up on what is required to make this pattern

-- Kate, NSW Australia

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