New Cutting Boards, First Bent Strips

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Project by kocgolf posted 05-16-2017 12:08 PM 2193 views 11 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Oh great, more cutting boards…”

I know cutting boards get polite nods on here, and that’s fine. Everybody tries them. These two I thought were worth a post because they included some firsts for me. Every many attempts I managed to perfect a method to make my own dowels and made some out of purple heart for my breadboard ends. Also, WOW does purple heart explode with color when hit with Howard’s cutting board oil!

The other first was trying some bent inserts on the curly maple and walnut board. I had this random piece of walnut around with the great stripe already in it, so I decided to try to complement it with an simple bent insert. It was tougher than I thought, especially the glue up, but I pulled it off.

My wife was surprised by and ecstatic with both of them! Win!

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#1 posted 05-16-2017 12:15 PM

A very good looking cutting board. I like your choice of contrasting colors. Once again, beautiful !


-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#2 posted 05-16-2017 01:26 PM

Beautiful boards.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 05-16-2017 02:04 PM

Two beautiful boards and I can see why your wife is ecstatic .

I like them both as the design and wood combinations work so well .
Yes they are certainly well worth posting .


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 05-16-2017 03:45 PM

These boards are beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 05-16-2017 08:09 PM

Sweet cutting board!! Great choice in woods! Very nice!!



-- Gary "Wiz" Burns, Oregon,

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#6 posted 05-16-2017 11:38 PM

Nice blending of the curve into the board.

I want to try one of those. Great design!

-- In his retort, the alchemist repeats the work of nature-----Jim Morrison

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#7 posted 05-17-2017 11:40 AM

Nice blending of the curve into the board.

I want to try one of those. Great design!

- Ziggman

Vey nice.

How did you get such a smooth curve? Did you route a groove using a template and then split it with your band saw?

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#8 posted 05-17-2017 12:12 PM

I made a template from 1/4” mdf on the bandsaw and sanded it smooth. I then traced and cut the rough arc through the board with the bandsaw, attached the template with double sided tape, and used a router and pattern bit to cut it smooth. Worked great, but it was my first time trying it and it took longer than it should to figure out simple positioning and clamping setups to pull it off. Gluing up to preserve that straight middle stripe was crazy. I got close. Not perfect

Added a picture showing the curl in the maple a little better.

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#9 posted 05-17-2017 04:13 PM

Beautiful pattern whit awesome colours!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 05-20-2017 01:52 AM

Looks great … and they must be made, glad you shared!

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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