Cutting Board, Diamond and Zig Zag pattern, End Grain Up

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Project by bvdon posted 01-21-2011 02:52 AM 32775 views 73 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is an end grain cutting board with two patterns incorporated. Diamonds and zig-zag. Diamonds are padauk and yellowheart, zig zags are padauk. The primary woods are walnut and maple.

Photo 1: project completed. board size is 14×12, 1.75 inches thick.

Photo 2: first edge grain glue up establishing the end grain pattern.

Photo 3: gluing the diamonds. I assembled the adjoining walnut pieces first. Then applied glue to the mitered yellowheart (1/8 inch veneer) and placed it in position, spending a bit of time checking for gaps depending on where pressure was put—once I put the padauk in place, I can no longer see if there are gaps in the yellowheart. Then the padauk goes in and I used as many clamps as I could fit in there to keep everything tight.

Photo 4: final glue up complete.

Photo 5: flat planed to thickness with a floating router sled jig (or whatever you call it) with a 1.25 inch dish bowl bit, 1/2 inch shank. This was the first time I did this and it worked great, though creates quite a bit of dust. Dust mask required!

Photo 6: Juice groove jig. Another first for me. This jig worked perfect and I had no fear of destroying the board by going off track or over shooting the edge. I’ve tried numerous methods, and this is by far the best method I’ve come across. Perfect juice groove, no burns, no bumps! So simple, a caveman can do it…

Finish: top/bottom surfaces sanded with 60, 80, 120, 220, 320 grits. Edges with 120, 220, 320. Juice groove, 220 grit via index finger. General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish (cut 50/50 with mineral spirits).

I mentioned this cutting board on another site that had a similar diamond style but used a different technique (probably better).

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#1 posted 01-21-2011 03:26 AM

I like it. What are the woods? I would be nice to see it finished.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 01-21-2011 03:36 AM

This is a really fine design.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 01-21-2011 03:56 AM

Walnut, maple, padauk, and the diamonds are 1/8 inch yellowheart veneer and padauk.

Just waiting on a bit to arrive… the hard work is done though.

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 04:46 AM

So Cool and Beautiful !!!!!!!!!

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 04:46 AM

Very nice work, great design.

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 06:50 AM

Sorry but I have to say…
Project…. finished…
Blog ….. unfinished…
Now that I have said that… not a bad looking board…
I had second thoughts about sending this.. and then I thought again…still a nice board but would be better posted when Finished...

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 09:09 AM

nice job

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 03:03 PM

I like the designs. Looking forward to the commentary on how you did it.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 01-22-2011 03:53 AM

Degoose – I had promised a link to another blog on this project… thus, had to post prematurely.

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#10 posted 01-22-2011 04:39 AM

Truly a piece of art! Can’t wait to see it when its finished.

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#11 posted 01-25-2011 07:38 PM

Can you give some detail on your Juice groove jig ??

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#12 posted 01-25-2011 10:22 PM

Roer… I will post it as a separate project because it requires another picture to more easily explain it.

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#13 posted 01-26-2011 03:10 AM

Actually, can explain it here.

Look at photo #6.

There are essentially three pieces of wood (actually 5, but I’ll get to the other two in a moment).

The largest piece spans across the cutting board. To make that piece, I made an 1/8inch dado cut on the bottom across the entire span of the board. Then I routed two slots through the center of the dado.

Next are the two pieces on each side. On those pieces I glued an 1/8inch thick piece that is the same width as the dado above. This allows the two side pieces to slide left or right to adjust for the width of the cutting board. (I need hardware to connect these, but used a clamp in the photo since I did not have the hardware on hand).

And on those two side pieces, you will notice the large square lip at each end—that allows the jig to slide back just far enough so the router bit is in the position where the juice groove will be cut. The distance is determined by the size of my router base and where I prefer the juice groove to be. So the trick here was to find the right spot to glue the piece that fits into the dado.

Lastly, those two other pieces are just small stops for the left/right movement of the router. The stop points should bring the router bit such that the east/west edge of the cutting board are the same distance from the north edge of the cutting board. I will be gluing these two pieces down—but I used clamps the first time because I wanted to make sure the stops were in the right position.

Hope that helps. Let me know if it’s not clear.

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#14 posted 01-26-2011 03:34 PM

Awsome board bvdon; Adding it to my favorites “Right Now”!

-- Tim B. Sweely Elizabeth, Illinois, [email protected] -------- My potential is limited only by my emagination.

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#15 posted 02-10-2011 09:46 PM

very nice, and I need to try a jig for the juice grooves,

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