Zig-Zag Cutting Board

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Project by McLeanVA posted 09-15-2010 04:18 AM 18240 views 36 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another Legless Vegetable Death Table (Cutting Board). I got some positive feedback on the last zig-zag cutting board I made and decided to give it a go with some walnut and cherry I had been saving. I’ve done some in the past with maple on maple (less striking) and some maple on cherry.

I originally swung for the fence in terms of overall size and eventually backed down to more manageable dimensions before the third and final glue-up. Yes, I got scared. It was 2” thick and just over 12” x 20” and I figured not only would it be a bit unmanageable once it got wet in the kitchen, but storage for something like this would be a pain. My wife came out to the shop and laughed at me. Good thing she did, because I ultimately think the final size is a bit more adequate. Who knows… maybe I was overcompensating. :)

Anyways, these boards are a ton of fun to make and are only slightly more complicated than your average endgrain boards. Your thickness planer will be your best friend, as will patience on the glue-ups.

Finished with 5 coats of the 50/50 mix of Salad Bowl Oil and Mineral Spirits.

BTW – Last photo shows some of the segments before the final glue-up. I ended up removing some more after I stared at it for hours.

Hope it inspires.

In case you hadn’t seen it, I created a how-to in the blog section

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 09-15-2010 04:45 AM

Looks great. Is there a tutorial on this?

-- Mike, Illinois,

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#2 posted 09-15-2010 04:54 AM

What a great board… you are getting really good at this…Exemplary.

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 05:03 AM

Thanks Larry. I’m building up my confidence to try your woven cutting board. Every time I look at it, I get scared. Once day I’ll dig my heels in and give it a shot.

Mike, I’ve tried to type out directions for this a hundred times and every time I think “nobody in their right mind will understand this.” I really really really need to slow down and take pictures as I work. Darn that haste. Shoot me a PM and I’ll try to put something together as a tutorial. It’s dead-simple to do… just a beast to explain via a computer keyboard.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 05:17 AM

Your right… size matters. Weight and storage are always issues in the typical household kitchen—but they sure look nice. Yours looks great. Well done.

BTW: I used leftover segments by slicing thin, laminating to quarter or eighth inch ply and then use for box tops.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#5 posted 09-15-2010 05:24 AM

Veggie. Killer another well done design, you’ve have the talent to tackle any design. Your hand will guide you grasshopper…lol, thanks for sharing stay safe Blkcherry

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#6 posted 09-15-2010 11:14 AM

Nice cutting board.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 09-15-2010 12:23 PM

Great. I like the rounded corners and the routed hand grips. Anyone special getting this as a gift?

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#8 posted 09-15-2010 02:02 PM

Nice. Simple design that really looks cool.
Those are two of my favorite woods.
You did a very nice job of getting it tight. Congrats.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 09-15-2010 05:17 PM

That looks great! Nicely finished too. I would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this as well. Perhaps you might do a blog on your next effort?

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#10 posted 09-15-2010 05:30 PM

Wow. What’s next, a maze?

That last picture of the unfinished board really helped me comprehend how you got to the final product.

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#11 posted 09-16-2010 05:56 AM

Interesting pattern

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-17-2010 02:36 AM

Nice job, I am doing the woven cutting board now and it is something else. but even in glue up you feel proud that you have done it. Go for 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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#13 posted 10-04-2010 11:40 PM

For those of you still following this thread, I have painstakingly created an illustrated tutorial on how these are done. Photos may have been helpful, but illustration gives me more control to simplify the process.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#14 posted 04-23-2014 02:49 AM

Hey, when I cut a finger recess with a cove bit, on the router, I get a lot of burning where I start and stop, do you have a trick for sanding the burn marks out on your boards? Thanks

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