Cutting boards - a different style

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Project by LoydMoore posted 09-10-2013 01:14 AM 1958 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lot’s of design options using this technique. Once the templates are made it only takes about 1 hr of actual work to build the board from start to finish. Since I was doing some heavy router work on the second face, I allowed the first glue up to set in the clamps overnight.

The wave templates are made from 1/2” MDF. I separated the two sides with a 1/4” bit and then faced them with 1/8” maple strips. Just used the same glue up procedure I use to glue up the ribbon style boards. As an added precaution I waxed the working faces of the maple strips before glue up. IMO, facing the edges made for a much better fit since any dips or bumps in the MDF were leveled out.

It is important to match the template sides together and mark a “0” point on both boards. Then just make sure the “0” point is aligned with one end of the board. I used blue tape so that I could move the design around on the template.

Attach the template to the hardwood of your choice with DBL back tape and band saw as close to the template as possible without damaging the template. Just run the template edge along the lower bearing on a real good trim bit (I don’t think I would try this with a $20 bit). I found that there is a real tendency for tear out when going into the tangent of outside radiuses so I did a climb on that area.

Caution: a climb cut on a router table against 1 1/4” hardwood is dangerous. A clean floor, good stance and patience ar necessary.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#1 posted 09-10-2013 04:07 AM

Beautiful set Loyd. Thanks for representing the Lone Star so well. I amazed that you can knock those out in an hour!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#2 posted 09-10-2013 08:58 AM

Nice work,,, they look great.

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

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#4 posted 09-10-2013 11:50 AM

Very nice! Thanks for the details.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#5 posted 09-11-2013 04:07 PM

Very Nice, This gives me some ideas for christmas presents

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#6 posted 09-11-2013 04:46 PM

Good looking design!

Templates sure make router work a lot easier and provide better results. I use templates with guide bushings and/or bearing bits.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 09-13-2013 02:27 PM

Beautiful and well designed boards! Very nice wood colors and finish. Well done!

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