Cutting Board

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Project by Thomas Keefe posted 09-05-2010 08:23 AM 2022 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a cutting board. It is cherry and maple strips laminated with bread board ends. The ends are held in place using dowels that go through the tenon on the laminated portion of the board. The board is hand planed and finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 09-05-2010 08:26 AM

Good functional cutting board that will last. Good job – I always enjoy cherry and maple together.

-- David - Houston, Texas. (

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#2 posted 09-05-2010 09:28 AM

Cherry and maple and beeswax, oh my! (in my best cowardly lion voice) ;)

Looks really sharp. Gotta love cherry.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#3 posted 09-05-2010 02:12 PM

What is not to like :) looks great,

How did you address the expansion with the ends. I have thought about that for a while now. I love the end caps on the exposed grain but am not sure about how much it will move.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 09-05-2010 02:26 PM

Cherry and Maple are two of my favorites, and you did a good job with them.

I too am wondering about the endcap. They look great, but there is some expansion to deal with. But maybe I don’t understand your tenon and dowel statement.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 09-05-2010 05:08 PM

I know this post is about your cutting board (which is very nice looking) but what i like mots about this is the tile counter top with the nice edge detail! The border pieces are a very nice touch!

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#6 posted 09-06-2010 12:33 AM

Now that is a sweet looking cutting board! I like the bread board end as well….. And I’m with Steve as far as the cherry and maple…. You can never go wrong. Definitely one of my personal favorite combinations.

Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Thomas Keefe

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 03:24 AM

Thanks for all your comments. Let me try to explain the bread board ends more clearly. (A picture would really help.) The laminated section of the board will expand its width faster than the breadboard end. Therefore, I didn’t glue on the bread board ends. Instead, the end has a 1/4” mortise that runs most of its length and the laminated section of the board has a tenon that runs most of its length. The mortise in the end is about 1/4”
longer than the tenon to allow for the tenon to extend. Thus, the tenon can lengthen and shorten inside the
mortise. The thing that keeps the ends attached are the three dowels. These go through both the sides of the mortise and the tenon. The two holes that penetrate the tenon on either end are elongated about 1/8” to allow the tenon to slide around in the mortise. The center hole is not elongated to ensure that the end will remain centered on the laminated section. The dowels are glued into the hole, but there is (should be) no glue on the dowel attaching it to the tenon.

If this is not clear, I can try to draw a picture. Thanks for looking.


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#8 posted 09-06-2010 03:49 PM

Good Job, Looks really cool. Something to be said for simplicity. Bread board ends really make it.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 04:06 PM

Nice looking board. And the countertop is nice too. :D

Or you could draw it up in SketchUp. :) See, here’s a perfect example of where having designed it in SU, it could be sent to others. (Not directed at you Thomas).

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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