Inlay Cutting Board .... with a big ooops!

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Project by EWJSMITH posted 11-03-2013 11:02 PM 3085 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using the inlay technique described by Scott Lewis on FFW and displayed by others on this site, I decided to try my hand at it. Overall, I’m happy with the technique and the outcome. This was really an experiment for me to try but I did make one major boo-boo and I’m actually happy I did it with my trial/test run. The first inlay of two strips (one cherry, one purpleheart) turned out great. Then I added the cherry strip down the middle. Then I cut the second inlay and that’s when I realized I had made a mistake. My second inlay strip of cherry was not as wide as the cut made using the router and as a result, the alignment of the cedar strip and the first inlays were screwed up. See pics 2 and 3. Ah well, that’s one of the nice things about woodworking. You learn something new every day. Nonetheless, I’m happy with the final product and it will sit in my kitchen for now. My wife loved it and didn’t even notice the out-of-line parts.

I’ll make a few more the right way for gifts and to sell locally. I’m also going to do a hall table using the same technique to donate to our church for a winter raffle they have around Christmas time.

Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 11-04-2013 01:28 AM

Looks great even with the mistakes. Next time put the wavy inlays in before the wider straight one. It seemed to helpe on the ones that I made. Keep it up!!!!

-- Gary,Nebraska

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#2 posted 11-04-2013 02:34 AM

Ok, you have a Picasso style board. It’s not mistakes, it is modern art. Nice job, the fact that you learned makes it worth it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-04-2013 10:23 AM

yeah I made that mistake on overlapping inlays too, but in the opposite way. I didn’t use a router so the 2nd inlay I did cam up a little short because the thickness of the bandsaw blade didn’t match my piece.

still looks good, and now you have an excuse to go buy more router bits :-P

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#4 posted 11-04-2013 12:55 PM

Isn’t it great when the wife doesn’t notice the mistakes and loves it anyway. I would have stopped trying to do things along time ago if it weren’t for my wife’s blind eye. Although, I didn’t notice that one either until you pointed it out, and once you did, I kind of liked the misalignement.

-- Justin C.

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#5 posted 11-04-2013 01:25 PM

Oops, you made a real nice cutting board. I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 11-04-2013 06:02 PM

Hmmm … ‘kinda’ thought it was designed that way till you pointed it out … Maybe we shouldn’t point out our mistakes?
Really like your board even with the “learning curve” (Sorry just couldn’t pass that one up)

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#7 posted 11-05-2013 08:24 PM

My dad – who was a boatbuilder – used to tell me the mark of a great craftsman was the ability to cover up mistakes so the finished job looks as if it was intended that way from the start. Great advice for anyone who works wood.

And, it looks like to me that’s exactly what you did! Congrats on not giving up and pitching things into the trash. The reward is ending up with a nice piece you wife appreciates.

Nice job!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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