checkered cutting board

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Project by billtlr posted 11-24-2017 01:34 AM 2026 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought this would be a simple and fun project but I am disappointed in the way it came out
I thought it would look better and I think I need to run it through the sander again it looks like it burned a little

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#1 posted 11-24-2017 12:12 PM

Well, if I may say, nothing is easy in woodworking, if you are disapointed it is because you set the bar very high, and leave it there.
this is very well done, bravo, keep on making saw dust.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 11-24-2017 12:32 PM

Looks good to me.
A fine job indeed.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 11-24-2017 01:31 PM

Beautiful work there.


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#4 posted 11-24-2017 01:38 PM

Wow! This cutting board is very nice and I love the pattern.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-24-2017 09:08 PM

Very nice!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 11-24-2017 09:28 PM

Either I’m dizzy or there is a Rubik’s Cube hiding in the middle of that board.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 11-24-2017 11:29 PM

I like it,do you think that you would have liked it better if the background was a solid color?

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#8 posted 11-24-2017 11:54 PM

I like it,do you think that you would have liked it better if the background was a solid color?

- diverlloyd

no I wanted it to look like the big square was coming out of the smaller ones, I think it’s the different colored Maples in the back ground I got cheap and used some scrap I had hanging around

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#9 posted 11-25-2017 12:34 AM

I think it was a good job making a new design idea.

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#10 posted 11-25-2017 03:21 AM

Looks awfully good to me! I think you did a great job on this piece. We’re always our worst critics!

These are always tough to make—anytime you have a strong contrast between dark and light woods, any sanding can darken the lighter areas, often in non-uniform ways. The dust from the dark woods can get embedded into the pores of the lighter woods, giving that “burned” look.

The type of sander you use can have a big effect on the final outcome. I’ve had my best luck with a drum sander run at low velocity, or my Festool random orbital sander with a fresh sanding pad. Hand sanding is the worst since it is nearly impossible to control the pressure applied to the wood by hand, and you can end up grinding the dark dust into the lighter woods. (The type of wood matters as well, of course. Maple is usually a good choice for the light wood, but not all woods are created equal.)

Anyway, I think you have a great cutting board, and no one will really care or know (except you of course!) that the whites are not quite as white as you would like them to be!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#11 posted 11-25-2017 11:22 AM

Top job… something I don’t think I would like to attempt… well done…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#12 posted 11-25-2017 01:01 PM

nice looking board!!!!

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#13 posted 11-25-2017 01:27 PM

Realy mindblowing. I don’t see mistakes, trust me I’m trying realy hard.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 11-26-2017 03:51 PM

Makes my brain hurt 8^)

That is some truly creative layout work!

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#15 posted 01-16-2019 02:03 AM

That is amazing! Do you have plans on how you did that? I started making a few cutting boards for family and friends for the holidays and look to the fantastic people on Lumberjacks for ideas. Some ridiculously talented people on here. I would love to try that 1 you did if you have any plans, lol. Thanks, Mike

-- Mike, Pawling Ny

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