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Inlaid cutting board sized for a rack of ribs

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Project by sras posted 04-18-2021 02:07 AM 1370 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up this board for my son’s birthday. I was built using the process outlined by Justin on his project . He has a description of the build process at the end of the comments.

The board is maple 1.25”x9”x21.75” with 1/4” inlays of cherry, walnut, and padauk. Each inlay is two layers 1/8” thick. The finish is a couple coats of Clarks Cutting Board Finish.

Some lessons learned:

1. After cutting the channel with the router make 2 bandsaw cuts close to each side of the channel. The maple was somewhat brittle and tore out a bit cleaning up after a single bandsaw cut down the channel. Setting the bandsaw cut to leave less than a 1/16” on each side seemed to take care of that.

2. The padauk was a bit oily. When I glued up the padauk inlay the glued gripped well between the padauk and the maple but was a complete failure between the two layers of padauk. I cleaned off the glue including a wet rag wipe down. I then dried the padauk and gave a good rub down with denatured alcohol. Clamped the glue up (with TiteBond III) over night. That left a solid result.

3. The one thing that caught me by surprise was that the Cutting Board Finish did not protect from staining. It has worked well on other boards but this is the first one that is maple. The light colored wood shows stains more easily. If I had to do it over, I would probably give it a base coat of a more durable finish.

I built this in about 11 hours over 4 days.

I delivered it today as we had a barbeque at my son’s. He immediately put it to work!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive





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#1 posted 04-18-2021 02:15 AM

looks nice and who doesn’t need a rib board? damn steve now im craving some baby backs-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 04-18-2021 02:26 AM

Thanks pottz – My son loves to barbeque ribs (over coals). I finally occurred to me that we were always having to deal with ribs that were way bigger than his boards. I asked permission to give him another one as he already has 4 cutting boards. He agreed that another board was the only solution ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-18-2021 02:35 AM



Thanks pottz – My son loves to barbeque ribs (over coals). I finally occurred to me that we were always having to deal with ribs that were way bigger than his boards. I asked permission to give him another one as he already has 4 cutting boards. He agreed that another board was the only solution ;)

- sras


oh man i love ribs,i do mine in a smoker.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#4 posted 04-18-2021 02:39 AM

I bet they are terrific! His is almost like using a smoker – he can get a good slow cook in his Weber and get a smoke ring on them. I keep thinking I need to get a smoker – one of these days…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 04-18-2021 02:43 AM



I bet they are terrific! His is almost like using a smoker – he can get a good slow cook in his Weber and get a smoke ring on them. I keep thinking I need to get a smoker – one of these days…

- sras


oh man dont wait there is nothing better than slow smoked pork,ribs,pulled pork,brisket.and i also i do some killer smoked salmon,not that dried out stuff you buy for a huge price,but moist lightly smoked full of flavor.summers coming go get a smoker,you wonder why you never did steve.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 04-18-2021 02:57 AM

I hear ya. Especially with the salmon. Some of us go charter fishing out of Sitka every year. They all smoke some of theirs. Just like you say. Thick slabs of smoked salmon full of flavor!

BTW, this board is a good size for a whole salmon…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 04-18-2021 03:09 AM



I hear ya. Especially with the salmon. Some of us go charter fishing out of Sitka every year. They all smoke some of theirs. Just like you say. Thick slabs of smoked salmon full of flavor!

BTW, this board is a good size for a whole salmon…

- sras


ok so what are you waiting for man.you wont regret it,salmon brined and slow smoked cant be beat by anything you can buy,trust me.and 1/3 the price!

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 04-18-2021 03:10 AM

Nice board Steve. So where do we go for the ribs?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#9 posted 04-18-2021 03:13 AM

rib party at steves,once he gets that smoker anyway ? lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#10 posted 04-18-2021 03:40 AM

SteveN, pottz – Any rib party will have to wait until the patio remodel is done ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#11 posted 04-18-2021 03:42 AM



SteveN, pottz – Any rib party will have to wait until the patio remodel is done ;)

- sras


no problem im gonna be doing a refresh on mine next month also.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 04-18-2021 03:51 AM

Pretty board, Steve! Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#13 posted 04-18-2021 04:11 AM

Very clean look indeed

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#14 posted 04-18-2021 04:25 AM

pottz – ours will take longer. Roof is coming off so we’re waiting to make sure we are past the rains

Dave & crowie – thanks!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 04-18-2021 07:16 AM

Weren’t you shocked when he started using it? It’s so nice!

Well doneSteve and soon a cutting board with carvings.

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