Fleur De Lis Cutting Board

  • Advertise with us
Project by TheeWoodShed posted 04-30-2013 09:14 PM 3585 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Posting this project due to questions I have. I made this out of black walnut and ash. I cut the fleur de lis out of the black walnut first and then laid it onto the ash and traced it out… then cut it on the small bandsaw. Getting the three pieces to fit was … well fun.

I’ve seen several do inlays, but this was solid 1 1/8th” thick boards. There has to be a LOT better way of doing it.

I thought maybe tape the walnut onto the ash board with double sided tape, then saw it on a scroll saw… but then not sure that would work or the blade would hold up. So opinions and options would be appreciated!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

8 comments so far

View eddie's profile


8565 posts in 3950 days

#1 posted 05-01-2013 12:39 AM

good question ,wish i could help ,sure ther are ones here that knoe a lot on inlaying , but what you have looks good

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

View deon's profile


2522 posts in 4361 days

#2 posted 05-01-2013 05:28 AM

Looks good, and no, I have no idea of how you could proceed.I use a router to do this kind of thing but with much thinner materials

-- Dreaming patterns

View TheeWoodShed's profile


180 posts in 3246 days

#3 posted 05-01-2013 10:54 AM

Deon, thats my problem… using the thickness I do… the router just didnt seem to work for me? But I’m sure someone will come up with some advice!!!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

View Francois Vigneron's profile

Francois Vigneron

263 posts in 3655 days

#4 posted 05-01-2013 03:50 PM

Nice project ! A few comments regarding your question. First the obvious : you did the right thing by using thick wood for the inlay because you don’t want a knife cutting through it (unless it will be a strictly decorative cutting board).

For the assembly, as you mention 3 pieces of ash and a band-saw, my guess is that you cut each separately. That makes it indeed quite hard because each piece has too many degrees of freedom. I would instead have joined the 3 ash pieces together, making a nice big board. Separately, I would have done the walnut Fleur de Lys. Then I would have traced the outline on the ash, got most of the stuff out with either a jigsaw (if the walnut goes all the way trough) or a router with a spiral bit at first and a dish carving bit later (if the walnut doesn’t go through) and finally carved the ash from the inside towards the boundaries till the walnut just fits. The trick is to no trust your power tool and stop before you nibble too far. As the inlay is quite thick and the piece not too wide, I then would have cheated and put the whole thing in the planer after glue-up to remove the last 1/16 that contains the inevitable mishaps.

Oh great, now I want to build it too, just for the fun of it… :) Thanks for sharing, take care.

-- Francois Vigneron, Gif-sur-Yvette, France & Altadena, CA

View Mip's profile


454 posts in 3414 days

#5 posted 05-01-2013 05:19 PM

I wonder if you could make the ash and the walnut boards the same size from the start, tape them together face to face, then cut out the design on the bandsaw. You would end up with two cutting boards, only with a reverse image on one. Start the entry cut on a glueline so when you glue it back together, it won’t be obvious.

View BoardSMITH's profile


124 posts in 3599 days

#6 posted 05-01-2013 07:03 PM

Use a router inlay set to cut the outline for both, chisel out the main body then fit the inlay in taking time to fit it. Then glue the inlay in. To make it easier, make the inlay thinner, less than 1/4”.

BTW Check your grain directions. Since they are opposing you might be leaving yourself open for severe cracks and splits.

-- David

View TheeWoodShed's profile


180 posts in 3246 days

#7 posted 05-01-2013 08:54 PM

David, thanks for the advice. This was scrap I had in the shop and just wanted to try it. After I had the emblem cut out of the black walnut, I noticed the grain direction against the ash. I will try the inlay method the next time. If there is a next time. LOL This was a challenge getting the three pieces to line up perfectly…. one side was really good tight fit… not so on the other side. But I like the challenges and learning!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

View Fishinbo's profile


11362 posts in 3511 days

#8 posted 05-03-2013 02:35 PM

You did a great job making a beautiful board. Looks perfect to me, like the design and contrasting colors.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics