Basket Weave Endgrain Board

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Project by NavyFlyerTom posted 05-07-2012 01:56 AM 7220 views 25 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing a couple edge grain cheese boards on here with the basket weave pattern I decided to give it a shot for an end grain board. I made this as a birthday present and it took me forever. haha It was a good leaning experience trying to get all of the glue ups right and milling all of the components down before the next glueup. It’s not perfect (it has a very slight twist so it doesn’t quite sit flat) but I was happy with the results considering this is the most complex board I’ve tried yet (fourth cutting board).

Cherry and maple finished with mineral oil.

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#1 posted 05-07-2012 01:59 AM

It looks perfect to me. You should be proud. If it is uneven, you could put rubber feet in each corner and adjust by sanding the feet until it is even.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 05-07-2012 02:03 AM

I’ve thought about that. I’ve been reluctant to put feet on it because I like the fact that you can use both sides. I guess there really isn’t much point to being able to flip it though. I wouldn’t flip it upside down after it was dirty to use the other side. haha
Thanks for the compliment and the input.

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#3 posted 05-07-2012 04:49 AM

Man, Navy guy I think you’ve got great design ideas. You say it’s not perfect but that looks pretty darn good to me.
Regardless of the execution, your ideas are nice.

Most people I know would be hesitant to use this as a cutting board, they would more likely cherish it as a work of art.

-- fleetfoot

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#4 posted 05-07-2012 05:48 AM

Yes I agree, this board is a work of art….I can understand why it took a long time to make…your 4th board you say. You don’st build anything 1/2 way do you… Thanks for sharing with us

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 05-07-2012 05:49 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 05-07-2012 08:27 AM

Yes, this is are very nice one !!


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#7 posted 05-07-2012 01:10 PM

WOW!Very good looking board!Nice pattern

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 05-07-2012 01:45 PM

Great job, very creative design!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 05-07-2012 02:12 PM

Welcome to the LVDT Club. Tom, very nice basket weave. It’s almost impossable NOT to get a twist most of the time during glue up. Here’s my “twist” in getting a flat board. After glue up I run the board thru my drum sander to knock off the big chunks. Then I set it on a known flat surface (my table saw top) and figure out the flattest side and then shim up the other side using blue painters tape. I then run the board thru the drum sander until THAT side is true and then flip it and run it thru until both sides are parallel. Amagineer also has a good idea but instead of sanding the feet, countersink the rubber feet to achieve a level board. The problem with the rubber feet idea is that you just turned the LVDT into a one sided board. Look at McLeans other tutorial for his 2-3-4-2 pattern. The 2-3-4-2 pattern gives you and endless pattern look with different woods. The cool thing about the 2-3-4-2 pattern is you don’t have to be exact. You can switch it up with whatever sized scraps you have laying around. Play with it a little and you’ll see what I mean. With this pattern you’re only limited by your imagination. Keep up the good work.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#11 posted 05-07-2012 04:52 PM

I was trying to think of a good way to shim the boards to put them through the drum sander but I never even thought about painters tape. Thanks for the tip.

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#12 posted 05-07-2012 09:42 PM

great looking board i would say your getting good at it ,going to try one of these one day but they say they are additive,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#13 posted 05-07-2012 10:41 PM

That is a sweet board! Nice work. I find with some boards even if they are perfectly flat coming out of the sander they still twist ever so slightly. Try not to lay them down flat for long periods of time..I keep mine on pyramids unless I am sanding it..I know the rubber feet thing prevents you from using both sides, but I think the feet help to keep the boards from twisting and if a board has a slight twist in it it with feet it will usually flatten out after a little while one it gets a finish and into its forever space. And I think the feet give it a more finished look…and certainly help the board from sliding when using it. I like the idea of countersinking the feet if you have a serious warp..I have also shimmed the feet with tiny disks made from cardboard..


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#14 posted 05-08-2012 01:16 AM

This board came out really nice, great work!

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#15 posted 05-08-2012 01:38 AM

Wow. That’s intense.

-- Andy Panko, Edison NJ,

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