Michigan Cutting Boards

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-02-2017 02:13 AM 1626 views 2 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are some Truly Michigan cutting boards I made for the sale on the 9th of this month. They are geographically correct for shape and I marked 12 main cities with contrasting plugs and stamped the initial of each city next to it. The idea is to use the back side for cutting.
From left to right, the boards are box elder with walnut stripes, walnut with box elder stripes and cherry with walnut stripes. The plugs are turned from the contrasting wood in each board.

They are finished with Danish Oil.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 09-02-2017 02:21 AM

great idea Jim, goin for the tourist market :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#2 posted 09-02-2017 02:53 AM


-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 09-02-2017 03:54 AM

Just like the Michigan mitten…

Very cool… should sell very well…

Nice work, as usual…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 09-02-2017 04:13 AM

Nice colour combinations Jim, sweet boards!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#5 posted 09-02-2017 04:51 AM

Nicely done Jim. My home state!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#6 posted 09-02-2017 05:05 AM

Great looking boards, Jim! Contrasting woods will surely get their attention!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 09-02-2017 05:32 AM

By Gee Jim,,,,,,They look Great…..I must Google the map of Michigan so I can get a really good look at Michigan. Jim, on the side are those inlets part of the Lake System? Recently I was looking at pictures of the beautiful Lakes you have and was amazed at the vast expanse of water. America has been blessed with Geographic Beauty.
Very nice cutting boards. I like the way that on each board the stripe blends nicely with the inlet.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#8 posted 09-02-2017 06:00 AM

Real nice Jim. Love the colour contrast.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 09-02-2017 07:31 AM

nice boards,Jim
now take a Pag cheese and Dalmatian ham(pršut)...

-- bambi

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#10 posted 09-02-2017 09:45 AM

It’s good thing you have country shape suitable for cutting board – which I can’t tell for my Croatia.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 09-02-2017 12:49 PM

do you have a link for the template you used to cut out the map?

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 09-02-2017 01:59 PM

These are very nice bowls.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 09-02-2017 02:07 PM

They look great Jim super wood choices.


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#14 posted 09-02-2017 02:08 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments!

Hi Pete, you got it!! I wish I had Degoose’s CNC laser to make them, though!!

Hi Cliff. Yes the inlets are bays. We are on a peninsula surrounded by the Great Lakes ( the largest freshwater supply on the continent). The ones on the left are in Lake Michigan and the ones on the right are in Lake Erie!
Also a part of Michigan is the Upper Peninsula ( the UP ) but it would not work for the cutting board because it is disconnected. Many Michigan cutting boards leave out some of the bays and have the bottom rounded. I wanted to capture it geographically correct.

Hi Gary, I don’t have a link to a template. I took the map and copied the state of Michigan and blew it up on the copier to the size I wanted and then transferred it to a piece of plywood for a template.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 09-02-2017 03:35 PM

Great looking boards and should sell in no time .
I like the box elder one .


-- Kiefer

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