Cutting Boards for Christmas

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Project by doubleDD posted 12-06-2017 02:54 PM 1824 views 2 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I made my first cutting boards for a friend and my sister-in law. I enjoyed them enough that I knew I would be making more in the future. Things got a little crazy. My wife loved them and asked me Saturday to make 4 of them for gifts for her retired friends when they meet for lunch this month. (which is today) I was in the process of making a brick pattern for just any unexpected guest that may show up at the house with a gift so we could give something in return. As I was finishing off the brick one I quickly started on hers. My wife said keep them the same so there was no bad feelings of who gets what. So the 4 cutting boards look somewhat the same but each has its own character.
Lumber used, Bamboo, Maple, Purple heart, Padauk, Oak, and Honey Locust. And lots of glue. Soaked with mineral oil and mineral oil and beeswax. They measure 11’’ x 15’’ x 7/8’’. The brick pattern is 1 1/8’’ thick. I’ll find out later how they like them.Thanks for looking.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#1 posted 12-06-2017 03:05 PM

Gotta love that brick pattern!

They look great DD!

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#2 posted 12-06-2017 03:11 PM

should make the ladies very happy.have you had any expansion problems with the vertical strips in the brick pattern?just wondering how it will play out.nice job.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 12-06-2017 03:44 PM

Those look great. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#4 posted 12-06-2017 03:57 PM

the running bond pattern board looks great!

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#5 posted 12-06-2017 04:40 PM

Thanks splintergroup. The brick pattern also caught my eye so I put it on my list to make one. Glad I did.

Pottz, I made one for my wife back in July. It was much smaller than the usual and I don’t feel any ridges as of yet. I do oil it once a month. Maybe that helps?

Thanks hoss.

Thanks jerkylips. I haven’t heard anyone use that saying since I use to install flooring. Our job ticket would tell you what pattern to install things and would say that instead of brick pattern. Maybe you are an installer too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 12-06-2017 04:58 PM

I like them all Dave but my favorite is the brick motif board.

-- 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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#7 posted 12-06-2017 05:05 PM


I remember when I was a kid. We had one particular plate that had a serrated edging as well as utensils to go with. “We called it the “Rounder Plate.” We fought over who would use it. As an adult I think differently? Laughed when I read that your wife’s friends would all want the same item. I’m sure they will appreciate them “Made by Dave!” Hope you signed them. Since I’m quitting my profession this coming June and going with “fool time” woodworking :<D I can make my family some wooden gifts.

You do good work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#8 posted 12-06-2017 05:15 PM

Nice boards.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 12-06-2017 05:25 PM

Great group of cutting boards, Dave. They will be much appreciated!!
I love the brick pattern.


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

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#10 posted 12-06-2017 05:37 PM

Nice work.

These are a CUT above the rest!

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

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#11 posted 12-06-2017 06:01 PM

Sweet collection of boards Dave, you are very productive!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#12 posted 12-06-2017 06:51 PM

Nice set of cutting boards buddy! I bet they will be well received!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#13 posted 12-06-2017 07:33 PM

Yes Lee. My wife and I like that one the best too. It looks like I’ll have to make a few more. At least they are fun to make.

Hi Tom. That sounds familiar about the plate favorite. It seems like I could remember my brothers and I doing the same. Things kids fight over, right. Congrats on your near retirement, of course I hear people were trying to get you out sooner since you weren’t doing anything anyway. LOL. Sorry, couldn’t pass that up. I heard it a lot just before I retired. I bet you can’t wait.

Thanks Rick.

Jim, I thought they would be home from lunch by now so I can find out how they liked them. Maybe they’re tipping a few celebrating the holidays already.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 12-06-2017 07:41 PM

Thanks ralbuck. I like that, (a cut above the rest). Good saying for a cutting board. I’ll have to remember that.

Thanks John, but I’m just getting started on my Christmas list.

Thanks Jeff. Not as well received as these knives I received. I’m still showing them off. I’m not sure if I want to use them or not. LOL. The marking knife however has seen a lot of action.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 12-06-2017 08:12 PM

All of these cutting boards look very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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