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Project by Andy posted 10-22-2007 03:20 PM 3884 views 8 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This serving board is a little simpler than the last one. I started out making a very basic cutting board but just couldnt keep from adding more details as I went along. Its an illness :-)
I find that making these is a good way to try out new ideas and hone my basic shop skills. If I dont like the results then I still have learned something. And it makes some very pretty kindling.
I use lacquer on these types of boards and oil on cutting boards.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#1 posted 10-22-2007 03:23 PM

That’s an interresting board! What are the dimensions? Wonderful inlay and banding technique!

-- Dekker -

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#2 posted 10-22-2007 03:32 PM

The detail is really eye catching. Nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#3 posted 10-22-2007 04:15 PM

Beautiful and exacting work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 10-22-2007 04:16 PM

Nice to see you doing something so simple, Andy. LOL…NOT!

Terrific job….really eye-catching!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 10-22-2007 04:54 PM

don’t take anything for that illness…. the side effects are amazing!! :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 10-22-2007 05:18 PM

Looks like you’re on a roll with inlays. Very nice work Andy.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#7 posted 10-22-2007 06:28 PM

Very nice the combination of the woods you used really make this pop.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#8 posted 10-22-2007 08:58 PM

That is just stunning. I am impressed.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 10-22-2007 09:12 PM

Great board. How long does it take you to make one of these?

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#10 posted 10-22-2007 09:57 PM

Very sharp! Can you provide some instruction as to how you did the inlays? Specifically the ones on the corner. Thanks!

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#11 posted 10-22-2007 10:06 PM

Thanks guys and gals!
Here is a little more on the details:

The dimensions are about 3/4” x 10” x 16”.The body is eastern Maple.The inlays are Wenge,Walnut and Vermillion.Since they are end grain they show better with a lacquer finish since oil wood darken them.The stripes are Purple Heart,Jatoba,Walnut and Maple.

The short horizontal stripes are done on only part of the Maple body, and then ripped,glued back together with the full length stripes and and then kerfs are cut about 3/8” deep for the full width cross grain stripes.The inlaid diamonds are done using the benchtop mortiser.The fence isnt moved,only the chisels are changes in size,that way the center line stays the same.The corner stripes are simply kerfs cut at a 45 on the table saw with the blade up about 3/8”. I rip strips and run them through my Makita 12” planer.

I am not sure how long it takes to make one of these me since I work on one over several weeks when I have time .Way too many hours. I spend more time laying out and erasing lines than cutting anything.If I made another one exactly the same it would probably take about 2 hours,not counting the glue drying.
Hope this helps.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#12 posted 10-23-2007 12:29 AM

There ya go again!! showin’ off! It really is wonderful, Andy. I like it a lot.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 10-23-2007 12:49 AM

very nice ! great colors

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#14 posted 10-23-2007 12:51 AM

The flow on this one is very nice. Really fun looking piece of work and excellent workmanship. Two thumbs up.

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 10-23-2007 10:51 AM

Really nice – hopefully no one will ever put a knife on it, that would be a shame.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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