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My influence for this board was the art of the American Southwest. I gave it to my daughter Rachel as an anniversary gift and she displays it on the hutch.

Photo #2 shows the finger recess.

The woods used are: Eastern Maple,Cherry,American Sycamore,Peruvian Walnut,Western Maple,Bloodwood,Wenge,Claro Walnut,Birch,Mahogany,Vermillion and Purpleheart.
This has about six coats of lacquer, because its for serving/show..I prefer mineral oil if the board is going to be used to cut on.

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Very nice! I bet you could do some awesome Navajo motiffs on picture frames and such.
 

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beautiful… maybe they can use the backside, and keep the front showing in the hutch?
 

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Excellent looking board Andy. One of these days I really need to try something like this.
 

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Hi Andy,

I am glad this came back up on my review list. The board is absolutely gorgeous. I don't blame your daughter for putting this on display. It is much too nice to use as an everyday cutting board.

Thanks for the post.
 

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I haven't seen this before. It's very cool!
 

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I am glad this came out of the archives so I could see it. Nice work!
 

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I hadn't seen this before this is spectacular Andy a great work of art.
 

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Such a great board, Andy. I'm wondering exactly how you routed the recesses on the sides for the finger holds…? And by the way, I followed your detailed blog to make an "Andy box" for my 97-year-old stepmother, who is slipping with dementia. She doesn't remember everything about me, but she always remembers that I made her the box! Thanks for sharing your talent with us all!
 

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Recidivist-Thank you!
I routed out the finger scoops this way:
Before rounding off the ends I stood the board on end and ran it past a cove bit in my router which is mounted in a table. The fence was at the back and allowed for a shallow cut, and it was moved a couple of times to let me remove a little more each time. The last pass is very shallow, just enough to clean up the burn marks and the board is moved very quickly on this final pass. To stop the scoops I simply clamped a block of wood on each end of the fence.
You can do the same thing with your board laying flat.
Just stick a cove bit, about 1/2" and run a few test passes on a scrap, raising the bit a little each time until its where you want it. Now you have the settings to do your real board.
I hope this is clear and helps you out.
Congrats on the box, a sweet gesture that was obviously well recieved :)
Andy
 
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