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Project by mdzehr posted 10-16-2020 04:41 AM 736 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Heirloom Cherry Cutting Board measures 18”x12-3/4”x1-3/8” with a 38.5 degree radius on each end. Each end has a 3/4” diameter finger groove. I made a special jig for my router table to make the groove with positive stops at both ends to limit the length of the groove.

I made the juice groove with a 5/8” round nose bit and another special jig to match the curved radius on each end and to give a 5/8” reveal from each edge of the board

The curved splines are two maple strips sandwiching a walnut strip. One spline is 1/4” wide and the other one is 3/8” but not by design. When I was routing the second groove, apparently I didn’t have the bit tightened down sufficiently because all of a sudden the bit dropped down an additional 1/8” or so and pulled the router slightly away from the jig and put a 1/16” gouge on one side of the spline’s groove. The only way I could fix this was to widen the second groove. You do what you have to do. Live, Learn, Adapt, Move On, Make it look intentional.

Finish is several coats of USP food grade mineral oil followed with two coats of a special blend of mineral oil, beeswax and carnauba wax. Over time the cherry will darken to a deep red ( unless it gets buried in a dark cupboard).

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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WoodMac56

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#1 posted 10-16-2020 10:28 AM

Very nice!!

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 10-16-2020 12:15 PM

Thanks Woodmac!


Very nice!!

- WoodMac56


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 10-16-2020 12:21 PM

Pretty Board. Good work.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 10-16-2020 02:04 PM

Thanks Oldrivers. It was for a friend of mine as an anniversary/Christmas gift for her husband.


Pretty Board. Good work.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#5 posted 10-16-2020 02:40 PM

Nice work, Mike. Adapting to mistakes is a big part of woodworking..nice recovery!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 10-16-2020 03:01 PM

Thanks Jim. Anybody who hasn’t made a mistake hasn’t made anything.


Nice work, Mike. Adapting to mistakes is a big part of woodworking..nice recovery!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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lew

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#7 posted 10-16-2020 03:09 PM

That’s beautiful, Mike!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 10-16-2020 03:19 PM

Thanks Lew. I get a lot of inspiration here on LJ!


That s beautiful, Mike!

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#9 posted 10-16-2020 03:58 PM

I love your mistake when i first looked at it i was like WOW nice accents GREAT JOB :<)) also nice jig

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 10-16-2020 04:05 PM

Thanks Tony. I was pretty frustrated at first and after I had fixed it I was vacillating between leaving it as it is now, or cutting the narrow one out and making it 3/8” as well, but my wife convinced me to leave it. So I took her advice (usually the smart move) and left it.


I love your mistake when i first looked at it i was like WOW nice accents GREAT JOB :<)) also nice jig

- GR8HUNTER


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#11 posted 10-16-2020 05:45 PM

That looks great! I like your router table jig for the finger groove. You’re fortunate (in a way) that the slipped bit only pulled away 1/16”—the different accent strip widths look intentional.

-- Ron Stewart

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 10-16-2020 05:51 PM

Thanks Ron. Yeah I was sweating bullets when I felt the router jerk and pull. I was afraid to look and see how much damage I did with the accident. The jig was the only way I could figure out how to do the finger groove in the ends with the radius curve. I would love to hear other ideas on how to tackle such a task.


That looks great! I like your router table jig for the finger groove. You’re fortunate (in a way) that the slipped bit only pulled away 1/16”—the different accent strip widths look intentional.

- Ron Stewart


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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John

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#13 posted 10-16-2020 06:19 PM

That is one gorgeous board!!! The splines, rounded ends, and long finger groove are real nice touches. The router is the tool that can mess up a nearly finished project but you did a great job.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 10-16-2020 06:34 PM

Thanks John. The router is especially hard with cherry because it burns so easily. I need to take quick light passes.


That is one gorgeous board!!! The splines, rounded ends, and long finger groove are real nice touches. The router is the tool that can mess up a nearly finished project but you did a great job.

- John


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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#15 posted 10-16-2020 06:51 PM



Thanks Ron. Yeah I was sweating bullets when I felt the router jerk and pull. I was afraid to look and see how much damage I did with the accident. The jig was the only way I could figure out how to do the finger groove in the ends with the radius curve. I would love to hear other ideas on how to tackle such a task.

My most recent routing incident involved cutting a slot for an accent strip in a cookbook stand. The guide bushing I was using broke, and the bit drifted over 3/8”, effectively ruining the workpiece.

Here’s an interesting discussion here, including a photo of a side-cutting fluting bit. I don’t know how much bits like that cost, but I can see how they’d be helpful. But your solution is a good one, and it didn’t cost you anything.

-- Ron Stewart

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