Cutting Board - I'm joining the club!

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Project by GaryK posted 05-11-2008 07:46 AM 21942 views 30 times favorited 49 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Everyone seems to be making cutting boards.

So I decided to make one for my one year old daughter to give to her mother.

It’s inspired by Dan's great board where the wood is “weaved”.

I had to add a different twist to it so my field and background wood colors are the opposite of Dans.

The light wood is oak, and the reddish wood is santos mahogany, while the dark strips are peruvian walnut.

Another twist is the is the angeled weave. I tell you that was the hardest glue-up I have done in a long time.
I should have made a glueing jig or something because everything saw sliding all over the place while clamping. It ended up taking 3 days just to clamp it up little by little.

If you look closely you can see the even the oak is kind of weaved.

It’s 12” x 10” and the finish is a water based poly. No stain or dye. Just the natural color of the wood. I figured that if it got too chopped up I could just re-sand and add more coats. She may decide that it’s too pretty to use and just use it to decorate the kitchen.

Anyway it was a fun little project.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 08:30 AM

this is amazing…i just posted a cutting board “re-furbish” only to click on the home page and see it right next to this beautiful piece…great job gary…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 11:52 AM

Yes, it’s definitely too pretty too use! Great choice of wood. I never heard of Santos Mahogany before or ‘weaved’ Oak for that matter. ;) Very, very nice! Truly beautiful.

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 12:27 PM

Very nice. Cutting boards seem to be all over LumberJocks; it’s kinda like a required project. Again, very nice.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 12:34 PM

Damn Gary, You always amaze me with not only your ideas
but your skills.
You are like the Tiger Wood of woodworking.
Thanks for posting and giving us regular guys & ladies
a level of quality to shoot for.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 01:10 PM

Great job Gary!

That’s one of those you put a hole in to hang on the wall with a note “Cut on back side only”.

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 01:11 PM


Where do you find the time to take on all these projects? This is a gorgeous cutting board. And you have created a unique design. Any chance that you would be able to do a blog on this?

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 01:44 PM

That is truly amazing – great work

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce)

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 01:49 PM

Acceptable work, Gary. Very impressive.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 02:44 PM

Very nice work Gary , that is way too nice to use .

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 02:44 PM

That is really nice Gary. You do do good work.

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 02:46 PM

wow Gary, thats amazing like everything you build. I think that instead of joining the club you became president, lol. great job!

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#12 posted 05-11-2008 02:58 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#13 posted 05-11-2008 03:13 PM

Beautiful wood and nice change on the design. Is the house next door to you for sale? I would like to be your neighbor.

Lets hear it for,Gary for President!

-- Ron Central, CA

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#14 posted 05-11-2008 03:34 PM

Even though words don’t do it justice…. WOW! That is soooo cool!

Great Job Gary!

Thanks for sharing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#15 posted 05-11-2008 03:47 PM

Fantastic graphic and illusionary properties. How did you glue it up to keep it not only square but also flat? Do you cut and assemble all the pieces and glue them all at once with headers, footers and side boards to keep it square? Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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