First Cutting Boards-Finally

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Project by shopmania posted 05-13-2011 04:53 PM 2559 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally got around to making some cutting boards, after my friend and fellow Lumberjock Tommy did his first set. Idid the “drunken” style. I was making this for a birthday gift for the lady who works for me, and when my wife saw and liked them she said “make some more for our moms for Mothers Day”, and so of course the wife got one too, and that rounded out the recipients of my first four cutting boards. The first 2 were walnut and cherry, with a simple roundover on top, and the net two were paudauk and cherry, with a deeper roundover that left a raised edge. i should know what to call that, but my brain isn’t cooperating! Help! I put rubber feet on them to raise them up, and finished them with salad bowl finish. I LOVE the color of the paudauk! This was my fist project using that wood, but won’t be the last. The last picture is of my mom holding hers up. Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#1 posted 05-13-2011 05:18 PM

Pretty nice boards!!

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 05-13-2011 05:24 PM

Very sweet cutting boards!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing….......Jim

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

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#3 posted 05-13-2011 07:03 PM

Very cool…. ok I have to ask. How did you do the cuts for the drunken style for the glue up?

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#4 posted 05-13-2011 07:10 PM

Very good looking boards.
I second Dave’s question, how do you do drunkin cutting?
Obviously it’s with a bandsaw, but don’t you have to put two boards on top of one another, make your curvy cut so they are identical and then glue the boards together?
Am I right?
I would like to make some and that is how I figure it is done.
Of course there is probably an easier way that I might be missing.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#5 posted 05-13-2011 07:12 PM

Nice job and Congrats on your first boards! You have done it now! I have made over 100 of them. The secret hand-shake will be sent! LOL Very nice.

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

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#6 posted 05-13-2011 07:18 PM

You do them free hand on the band saw, with the two different color boards stacked on top of each other and double-sided taped together, switch every other one, (dark and light) glue it up, then turn the whole thing 90 degrees and do it again. Poroskywood LJ’s has posted a nice blog on how to do it. I measured along the edge of the board every 1 1/2 inches to give me a good starting and finishing point for each cut. In the tutorial, he uses 1/8” strips of a 3rd type of wood between the squares, which also looks cool, just a little different. I thin it is probably a little easier without the strips, and still looks pretty cool! Thanks for the comments. These are fun, and get a great reaction. They look harder than they are, and people seem to really like them.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#7 posted 05-14-2011 05:44 AM

Great job. Thanks for directing us to the blog.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 05-14-2011 05:49 AM

I wonder how I would modify it to do this as an end grain cutting board.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#9 posted 05-14-2011 04:01 PM

Love the pattern, will have to try and do one someday….bet you made all the mom’s happy for sure…

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#10 posted 05-15-2011 04:43 PM

People seem to like them? That’s probably because they are flipping awesome. Great jobby.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#11 posted 05-15-2011 11:03 PM

Alright buddy! A+ on your first round, I am lovin these and your mom looks like she is too! The paduak and the cherry are phenomenal!!! I’m super jazzed to find some of that stuff the next time I am up at Mann Tool.

-- Tommy, ---- It's Never Crowded On the Extra Mile.

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#12 posted 05-16-2011 03:09 PM

Nicely done. See we all dont just go to the beach all the time here!!!LOL. Well done, my friend.

-- 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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#13 posted 05-23-2011 11:54 PM


These look great! Nice work.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#14 posted 06-22-2011 05:52 AM

To do this in end grain you have two options, but only one is realistic.

First, if you have a very large single end-grain board from a tree. Not likely.

Second, glue up a walnut end grain board, then glue up a maple end grain board. Now stack them with the double sided tape and follow the method outlined in the above blog. Only downside is that you will have fine lines where the first round of making a homogenous end grain board.

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