Custom Maple Cutting Board

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Project by oldguy2 posted 01-18-2019 01:00 AM 587 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Get ready to test your skills and Patience and are your tools tuned up to make a cutting board. Well this one has what seems like simple features of (1) rabbited bottom on 4 sides to sit into the sink basin and round over the two right hand corners to make the right edge slip over the counter top. (2) a juice groove that is deeper on one side and runs on all 4 sides of the top 1 inch in. That is what you see in the finished product. I have learned to do the glue up of maple and other hardwoods in 3 inch and 4 inch widths then plane or glue up to larger with patience. this is when I discovered a slight angle on my jointer making a constant angle on the fit of the second glue up. Once corrected no headache… I needed a 1/2 inch rabbit and 3/4 top above that, so I was starting with inch and half material, good but errors show. I cut the rabbit on the table saw,1/2 by 1/2 very easy and made test cuts on scrap. The later pic shows a clamp board for the edge of the router to make straight passes, simple but perfect. A bit deeper on the end passes and the last side just an 1/8 deeper was planned for the middle of the sink. I used a rounded end bit for these passes. Lastly an 1/8 round over bit on the router table to finish all edges. Maple works great with a scraper and some new Shopsmith sand paper. I sanded the top to 220 and the bottom to 180. This project was finished with several coats of mineral oil finish. The relative getting this was pleased but also thought a drain hole in the juice groove would be a good addition.

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 03:10 AM

Looks good to me. Great job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 05:51 AM

Looks good to me 2 Great Job 3 !!!!

Now questions:-
1. Did you put the drain hole in?
2. I would like to see a shot of the PVC pipe frame without a project in it please.

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 12:15 PM

Great Idea. I have done this before but had forgotten. Really I am going to make a few of these for our home and friends.

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#4 posted 03-21-2019 07:33 PM

Looks lovely! I haven’t tried the rabbet for positioning over the sink. I’m going to put that in my next one….

-- Extra screws left over are just evidence I found a better way to put it together.

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