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I've seen pictures of these online and always wanted to make one, so when I came into some material that was just right, I could see the finished project from the start. Solid ash, about 1 1/4" thick. These started as flat slabs glued up in typical fashion, then I sliced 1" strips off the sides to glue up as a riser. I turned the cutoff down so that it would have a bookmatch on the sides. Before gluing them on, I cut a 10 1/2" diameter arc on a 10° back bevel. A few minutes at the drum sander and roundover bit for the edges finished the shaping. I used Danish oil to finish with several coats and a little steel wool action. Smoooooth.

Although I used my 10" frying pan to size the diameter, I actually like the way a plate fits under the riser. Overall, the board is 15 1/2" long and 10 1/2" wide. Total height is about 3" with the addition of the rubber feet.

I had enough material to make two matching boards. Much as I wanted to keep one of them, they went to my daughter's house for photography and listing in our Etsy store. I'm sure I'll be making a few more of them in the near future.

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Great idea and well done!
 

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I like it. Great idea. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Like the others have said….Great idea. Sizing for a plate…so practical.

Thanks for sharing
 

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That's damn clever, wish I had thought of that while making mine.
 

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Great job Matt, I like it.
 

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Sheer genius! Never saw one like that but the design is most practical. Great job!
 

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So simple and clever, but what a great idea and nice execution as well.
 

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Cool and innovative! Thanks for sharing.
 

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That is a real great solution to curing kitchen messes. Hope you got a patent before you posted.
 

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OK - I have to make one of these. Great job and thanks for sharing.
 

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That looks great!!
Is Danish Oil a "food grade" finish?
 

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Great concept. Very clever idea.
 

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Thank you all. Yes, Danish oil is food and toy safe when dry. I prefer it over mineral oil on many projects because min oil never dries, but Danish oil is a "drying oil" that penetrates and dries IN the wood instead of ON the wood.

http://danish-oil.com
 

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very practical. love the design. incidentally not all danish oils are food safe. best one to use is called tried and true available from lee valley tools and some others. thanks
 

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I do not make positive comments on many projects
but when I do
I say really really nice item
 

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Great idea! I was planing on making a cutting board for my son-in-law who loves to cook but has limited counter space. This would be very helpful for him.
 

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Nothing new to add, just more praise
 

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Great idea thanks for sharing
 
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