Inlay cutting board for house warming gift

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Project by AJ1104 posted 02-14-2017 08:09 PM 2884 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello LJ’s,

After reading the Fine Woodworking article by Scott Lewis I put it on my project list. That was about two years ago. I made this for my sister Diane who recently relocated. Her husband loves wood and wood craftsmanship so I thought this was a project that they would use and enjoy.

I used maple, walnut and cherry for materials and final board measured 22.5” X 16”. The glue up was challenging with the 1/2” band giving me some trouble. It would be a lot less critical if you cut the inlays from stock that was a full 1/2 to 3/4 wider than the main board, especially when it came to alignment while gluing-up. I left only about 3/8”. Also, a center caul would keep the middle dead flat, which also gave me some grief and extra sanding.

I finished with two coats of mineral oil then mineral oil and 25% bees wax mix. I have to thank Scott for writing a great tutorial with super how-to tips for making this board, it was very inspiring. This was a great project and a great addition to their new home. Thanks for looking! AJ

-- AJ

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#1 posted 02-14-2017 08:39 PM

I like it!


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#2 posted 02-14-2017 10:44 PM

Very pretty! Probably be decoration and not used.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 02-14-2017 11:45 PM

I got into cutting boards last spring when my gallery asked me to replace the board guy they had.
I have to say, that is a LOT of work, and the results are nothing short of stunning!
I looked at it, thinking I could sell something like this in my gallery, but now, looking at the amount of work, not so sure. You made it happen.
Just an absolutely beautiful piece. Kudos!!

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 02-15-2017 01:57 AM

Yes this is a lovingly made piece. What a statement it makes.

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#5 posted 02-15-2017 04:48 AM

I have made a few of these from that article myself but yours looks amazing! I especially love the MWM band that gives that stripe a set off look. Great work.

-- Small minds talk about people. Average minds talk about events. Great minds talk about ideas.

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#6 posted 02-15-2017 09:09 AM

Great work, These are fun to make.

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

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#7 posted 02-15-2017 11:25 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. The MWM the a recovery after slipping with the router. I had to reroute a groove wider and fill it with additional material. It kind of forced me onto a new path that worked out in my favor.

-- AJ

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#8 posted 02-15-2017 11:52 AM

Very nice work. Would be a shame to damage it through use.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#9 posted 02-15-2017 02:19 PM

I made the same board for my sister’s wedding, nice work

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#10 posted 02-15-2017 03:11 PM

Your board looks great. I have made two of these and used Lewis’ technique to make a small tray. When I made the cutting boards I made a mistake with the template for cutting the curves. Part of my curve was too tight and that caused problems during the glue up, even though I used two sets of cauls. I would advise anyone making one of these to use gentle curves because, as you stated, the glue up is challenging. You really did a nice job on yours.

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#11 posted 02-15-2017 05:50 PM

Making one of these has been on my future project list as well. I just hope my comes out close to how well yours has. Very nice!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#13 posted 02-16-2017 03:12 AM

Well done and beautiful .


-- Kiefer

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#14 posted 02-16-2017 06:28 AM

Great looking board, beautiful inlays! It’s on my ’’got to do’ list.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 02-16-2017 07:43 PM

nice work.

-- Love the smell of snow in the morning.

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