Cutting Boards - As Seen on LumberJocks

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Project by arudson posted 02-18-2011 07:54 AM 8984 views 51 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I view my abilities in woodworking more as engineering rather than architecture. I know when I see something I like and I am pretty good at figuring out how to achieve the observed result with my skills and the tools I have available. However, when it comes to creativity and designing, I’ve got nothing. That is where LumberJocks comes in; true artisans and designers present their marvels as a sharing and learning opportunity for the rest of us. Fully grabbing-hold of this spirit, over the past few months I have been replicating many of the outstanding designs presented on LumberJocks.

Through this posting I would like the share my renditions of several cutting board projects that have been featured on LumberJocks. Out of sheer respect, I refer to these projects using either the project name given by the original poster or by the posters ID itself; this often leads to conversations with neighbours and family members explaining ‘Spalm’, ‘Sinister’, ‘Dewoodwork’ and others.

I don’t think there is anything new in this posting that hasn’t already been seen on LumberJocks. I am very happy to share my construction information but recommend seeking out the original posters project or blog details for the real story. Again, I’m posting these on the premise that forgery is the highest form of flattery and I submit my renditions to honour the original designers and encourage others to try these projects, which, I believe is the spirit of LumberJocks.

The first photo is my earlier of two attempts at the Sinister board ( . This was a lot of fun to make. In my second effort (no photos unfortunately) I paid more attention to stock selection and grain pattern and the result was far superior. One of the best parts of showing a Sinster board is being able to tell the story of the patterns origins – this always gets a smile.

The second photo is an Alice board ( by Poroskywood. I refer to the ‘smooth’ version simply as Alice and the regular version as a Drunken Alice. I’ve made several of each of these and they’re real favourites with everyone who sees them. Recently I was told that it’s their ‘organic look’ that gives them their appeal.

Next is a Whisperer board. The one pictured is maple and purple heart but I have also made some with maple and walnut, and my favourite; maple, walnut and the smallest bar cherry. These are fun to make and quick.

The next is Steps by Spalm ( ). I had a bugger of a time gluing up the triangular columns and at the time I swore never again. Fortunately, time heals all wounds and I may foolishly try this one again sometime soon. Having now seen Jeepturners clamping jigs
( ) I’m hoping for a more peaceful and less expletive glue-up.

The fifth is the Wood Magazine board. I’ve made several of these in different configurations but the one pictured is my favourite arrangement; I call it Lights because the maple bars seem illuminated. These are pretty much the same construction technique as the Whisperer board and its fun to play around with different layouts on CBDesigner ( ).

And the final cutting board pictured here is Optical Illusion ( ) by BritBoxmaker. My version is maple, walnut and cherry and was a pretty straight forward build.

I hope you enjoy seeing this display of cutting boards as seen on LumberJocks. I really appreciate the sharing by the original posters and I make this posting not to show my talent, but honour theirs. Patron, Dustbunny, Knotcurser, Dchip, Degoose, McLeanVA, Tony and Dewoodwork, my thanks to you all too and shortly I’ll post again showing my renditions of your excellent designs.

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 08:35 AM

love that first one. I keep saying it – but I really must try making one of these.
Just tooo many things on the try list !!

-- Theresa,

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 11:12 AM

Makes posting worth while… if others get some benefit…Nice set of boards.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 11:15 AM

Great job on all of them and what a great post. Well thought out and alot of info from some other great Lumberjocks as well. Your right about the others Masters sharing info. Its what makes this site the best in the world in my humble opinon. Keep up the great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 12:11 PM

These are really nice boards. The joinery seems…...........seamless. It is flattering when someone appreciates what you do and tries to recreate it. I want to make SPalm’s ‘Steps’, but I don’t think the Sears tablesaw is up for that yet.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 01:34 PM

nice job on all of them, I haven’t tried many cutting boards but I agree with you, some of the extremely talented and creative people on here are an inspiration for others to give their cutting boards a try.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 02:49 PM

Nicely done – and a great tribute to some really talented people that are willing to share!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 02-18-2011 02:54 PM

Well done on all account my friend…BC

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#8 posted 02-18-2011 03:38 PM

Facinating styles and designsnew to the group and look forward to showing some soon
the how you did it would be interesting as i am new to woodworking and admire all the designs.
more soon RDE

-- Ron,Hendersonville nc

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#9 posted 02-18-2011 03:48 PM

I’m honored that you included my design with those other great patterns. Cheers!

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#10 posted 02-18-2011 03:53 PM

wonderful..i like them

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#11 posted 02-18-2011 04:01 PM

WOW, Well done. They look great!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#12 posted 02-18-2011 05:10 PM

Thanks for posting this! Although … you just sucked up 2.5 hours of my morning, watching videos and reading up on this.

I really like design #5. Considering everything else posted, the link may not be necessary, but for the record, it doesn’t work.

Thanks again!

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#13 posted 02-18-2011 05:28 PM

great work
and a fine tribute to all involved

i looked at the pictures first
and named the poster
from the board
got them all right
except the 5th one
as i don’t get magazines
(thought it was ‘woodwhisperer’)

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#14 posted 02-18-2011 05:55 PM

Well done indeed.
Besides of the tribute, the post is a great reference guide on these superb cutting boards
Thank You, and take care

-- Back home. Fernando

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#15 posted 02-18-2011 07:29 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments.

The links are fixed and now should take you to the original posters.

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