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These are my third and fourth cutting boards. I needed to give gifts to two different people so I thought a "two-fer" style board would be a good idea - one build gives you two boards!

I used some nice walnut (my favorite wood to work with) and some rock maple to provide a nice contrast.

The only thing I don't like with these is that the shape ended up a tad long and skinny, around 9" x 14". More like a serving board or a bar-top board than a cutting board I suppose.

Either way - they turned out nice and I am pretty proud of the tight joints! :)

Treated with just mineral oil - flooded each day for three days. Simple and effective.

-bob

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Nice job Bob. I just posted pictures of similar boards which I made as presents for Christmas. Isn't it great when they come together (second glue up). I also love to watch people try to figure out how I made them. It's interesting what they come up with on how I did it.

Great job and thanks for sharing!
 

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I love the design. Great gift ideas.
 

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I like that you didn't include the strips to frame the various "squares". It's a very interesting variation.

Now all I need is a bandsaw….
 

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I agree with Bret. The strips allow for a little play in matching the curves up, without them the cut has to be smooth and dead on. Also without the strips I see the curves can be a lot deeper because there is no pressure in trying to bend 5 strips during clamping. More possilbilties, Nice!
 

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Super boards well done
 

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Well…........... To be honest….......... The boards originally WERE supposed to have cherry strips. You guys are WAY too good in spotting things! ;-)

I went ahead and ripped a couple dozen 1/8" strips of cherry and tried to do as Scott stated - bend 5 strips of wood all at the same time into those tight curves and CRACK! Whoops!

I even tried a very amateur attempt at some wood bending which quickly went downhill.

So, what I ended up with was two smaller boards with no inlays, and yes - they are much harder to match up!

I was thinking about taking four different types of wood and taping them all together the next time for a four-wood-really-drunken board - four boards for one effort! Anyone do this yet?

-bob
 

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how DO you make these? any blog you can point me to?
 

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ah! now I get the "one build gives you two boards" thing… they come in complementary pairs. sweet.
 

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I fixed the issue with bending the strips by making deep curves by steam bending the strips. I put them in a steam box for a bit then clamped them in place, bent them and glued them.
 

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Bob, i just completed 22 boards just with the Cherry strips. I did notice the same challenges you mentioned with the 1/8 cherry strips. I ended up soaking the strips in water prior to glue up…and this solved all the cracking problems. I posted mine project yesterday as well if you want to see them.
 

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I love these. Yet something else to add to my list of "Things I Have To Try".... Hope mine comes out as good as yours. Well done!
 

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Very nice Bob. Walnut is my favorite also. The only thing I don't like about it is pencil marks can be hard to see at times.
 

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Glen,

Here's a tip you can certainly use - go to an art store and buy a couple of WHITE artist pencils - they work great on dark colored woods and I find erase even easier than a No. 2 pencil!

-bob
 

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Thanks for the tip, Bob. I'm going to have to get some white pencils.
 
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