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Project by Fotodog posted 04-24-2021 01:28 AM 953 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,
I somehow missed the obligatory making of cutting boards previously in my woodworking exploits, so I decided that now was the time. I wanted to make a gift for my daughter and her husband, and had a request from my wife (gotta pay attention to those!), so off I went. This was also a good time to show some appreciation to my awesome neighbors, so I ended up building 6 boards in all. I used the 2 designs in the photos made from walnut, hard maple, alder, and sapele. I won’t elaborate on these unless asked since you all have probably seen similar boards before. I will say that between the inlays, handles, and juice grooves I learned some worthwhile skills to use in the future.

I wanted something more than just a cutting board for my daughter, so I made a matching set of coasters with a holder. The holder was the most elaborate part of the build, because I wanted to use a small walnut cutoff from a previous project with nice grain that was not quite big enough for the 4” coasters. Since I didn’t want to reduce the size of the coasters, I added a maple accent on each corner to give me the length I needed. I ended up liking this better than a plain beveled corner because of the nice contrast. I routed grooves in each piece of maple, as well as the ends of the walnut panels, and added a spline for strength. The openings in the holder were cut roughly on the table saw, and then cleaned up using a simple MDF router guide with a flush trim bit.

Thanks for viewing!

-- Tim





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BurlyBob

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#1 posted 04-24-2021 01:31 AM

I really like that holder. I need to design one like it.

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#2 posted 04-24-2021 01:50 AM

Great gifts. The matching coasters are a really nice addition. What did you use for finish?

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#3 posted 04-24-2021 02:01 AM

Thanks guys! I ended up finishing with Odies Oil. Mineral oil has been the go to finish for years, but I wanted a food safe finish that had a slight sheen for presentation. Since I haven’t made cutting boards before, I’ll be interested to see how it holds up to multiple washings, but I think it will do as well as mineral oil.

-- Tim

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#4 posted 04-24-2021 03:55 AM

Very creative and cool looking!! Nice work.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#5 posted 04-24-2021 05:43 AM

Beautiful!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 04-24-2021 12:33 PM

Both projects look great. I have been contemplating making a similar coaster set. Really like the colors you chose and use of wood grain patterns.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#7 posted 04-24-2021 12:33 PM



Both projects look great. I have been contemplating making a similar coaster set. Really like the colors you chose and use of wood grain patterns.

- TJ11


-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#8 posted 04-24-2021 02:42 PM

Fine looking set!

Can’t beat the color of walnut when finished up!

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#9 posted 04-24-2021 04:27 PM

Excellent. That’s beyond my skills. If you ever sell them let us know!

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#10 posted 04-24-2021 04:40 PM

I love that holder, something different. Do you have a picture of the parts before you joined it? Seems like pretty small pieces to route grooves in. Nice job very well done.

-- Andries - South Africa

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#11 posted 04-24-2021 04:56 PM

Great work! The coaster box would also look good using box joints and two different types of wood. Would definitely make great gifts.

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Fotodog

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#12 posted 04-24-2021 07:10 PM

Aw Come on Walter, you can make this!

Andries, you are right about the size of the pieces being too small to rout on their own. This is the process I used:
1) Mill a piece of maple to the same thickness and height of the box sides. The length of the maple was still about 10 inches long.
2) After squaring an end, lay the piece flat and rout a groove on the router table with a 1/4” spiral bit 1/8” from the end.
3) Trim off the end of the board with the groove so the width of the trimmed piece matches the thickness.
4) Mill the same groove in the ends of the walnut sides. Make splines to match the grooves, and glue the 4 maple corners to the ends of 2 opposite box sides.
5) When dry, lay the 2 box sides flat on the router table, each having a maple corner on each end. Rout the same groove into each corner piece.
6) After cutting a groove for the box bottom and fitting it, the piece could now be glued up.

I was going to make the bottom walnut as well, but liked the contrast of the maple, so that’s what I used. Here’s a couple more photos showing the box by itself, and one of the maple corners after step 3 above.

-- Tim

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