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This is my first attempt at a "woven" style cutting board. This one is for my girlfriend's mother, so I hope she likes it. I have made a couple of the checker board style boards and looked around on this site for more ideas and found this. The woods used were ash, cherry and walnut.

Needless to say I am happy with the results, but I will not be doing another board like this one for a while. Too Frustrating!

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Nick, Great job on your first "woven" style cutting board. I really like your combination of woods. The ash really gave a nice look with the cherry and walnut. Very nice and I'm sure your girlfriend's mother will love it.
 

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A very beautiful cutting board! I look at it and think "apple pie"!
 

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Very nice. The colors are just warm. And the workmanship is top notch.

I really like it,
Steve
 

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Really nice, you have motivated me to try something like that. Even though it's not radical, I really like the color scheme you have going on there. Did you follow anyone's suggestions or instructions or just make it up on your own?
 

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really nice work
 

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Good results on your first try. In the future to help make this pop try to match or keep the grain flowing in the same direction. Paying attention to grain orientation really puts a board like this over the top. Good job.
 

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After I made my first one, I said I would never make another.
I have sold two more since and have three on the glue up board today.
The first one I made I had some grain direction issues,
Now I know what to watch for when gluing.

You did a fantastic job on this one,
Try it again, it gets easier the more you do : )

Lisa
 

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Very nice board.Good 3D effect.
 

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Nick, I know what you mean as "Frustrating". I am in the middle of making one for my wife and my blocks are off about 1/64 of an inch and I dont have a sanding station. I tried to sand them down with a belt sander clamped to a work bench but that turn out not to be the way to go. I guess I am going to have to by a sanding station to get this right. I also learned not to cut the blocks with a "chop saw". Next time doing it on the table saw. Ah we all live and learn!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Thanks for all the nice words. I gave her the board and she loved it. Dust bunny, it was actually your board that inspired me to make this one. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/24094

I did try to keep the grain in mind, but I think in the glue up I mixed some up because I was trying to work fast.
 

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Awesome job on your cutting job, looks great.
 

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Thanks Nick : )
It is really easy to get the pieces flipped around,
the odd thing is it is never noticeable until the glue dries…LOL
Can't wait for more of these from your workshop : )

Lisa
 

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First off, GREAT WORK. Is there a step by step or useful info on LJ for me to make one of these.
 

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What problems do you see in trying to make a counter top 36"x36" using the basket weave layout
 

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benham, when you say counter top do you mean an island (or cart) or an actual counter top? Personally, I am not a fan of having a permanent cutting board counter top because I would think it'd be hard to keep clean. That is just my opinion though and I know many people love it.

One thing that has occurred since I gave her the board several months ago is it has dried out a bit and one tiny crack has appeared. On a cutting board, even a little crack can be bad because food can get caught in there and fester. I might take it back to my shop (basement haha) and see what I can do. If this were to happen to a permanent counter top I could see troubles with fixing it.

Other than that I think it is an interesting idea. If you do pursue the project I'll have to check out the final product. I would be worried about the pattern being too overbearing on such a large surface
 
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