Leaf Shaped Serving Board

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Project by BillGo posted 12-27-2020 04:22 PM 753 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small serving board for cheese or bread, probably for two people or so… Made of walnut, maple, and osage. I changed the lines slightly from the last time I made one of these, to give it better grain alignment, based on the conversation in the forum on the same topic: I see little difference in the aesthetic, and I think it will lead to more stability, and a longer lasting piece. Thanks for all the comments there.

It is finished with mineral oil, and bees wax.

Some more notes on steps since there has been some interest in this build.

1. I made a template with the shape I wanted. To align the thin piece consistently, I drew it on the template and made some holes along the way.
2. To minimize waste, you could create two leaves at the same time, and just have one be the reverse (in color) to the other. I only wanted one, and I was particular about having the dark walnut on the long side of the leaf, so I created a walnut and an osage board glued to blanks that could overlap enough to make the leaf. If you look close at the walnut blank, you can see the template outlined on the top. I then temporarily taped the two overlapping blanks together, making sure they overlap enough so I would not cross into the MDF with the curve. I then used a band saw to cut through both at the same time.
3. I glued the two pieces together with a thin strip of maple between. I used the clamp to press the maple into the curve.
4. Plane the boards to the desired thickness, and retrace the template back on. Then cut the board to shape, using the band saw, belt sander and drum sander. When you have a nice smooth outline, use a router to soften the edge.

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#1 posted 12-27-2020 04:30 PM

Good job Bill, I like the curved pieces.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 12-27-2020 05:44 PM

i love it especially the wood contrast. excellent job

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#3 posted 12-27-2020 05:44 PM

Oh yeah this is a winner for sure! Love it! Nice work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 12-27-2020 06:31 PM

i love it especially the wood contrast. excellent job

- wiser85

Thanks! This osage is really interesting. I get very different pictures from different angles. The way the light plays on it seems to very the amount of orange picked up in the picture.. :-)

-- Bill - in New Hampshire

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#5 posted 12-27-2020 10:01 PM

Sweet board, Bill!!


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

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#6 posted 12-31-2020 11:07 PM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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