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Another Legless Vegetable Death Table (Cutting Board). I got some positive feedback on the last zig-zag cutting board I made and decided to give it a go with some walnut and cherry I had been saving. I've done some in the past with maple on maple (less striking) and some maple on cherry.

I originally swung for the fence in terms of overall size and eventually backed down to more manageable dimensions before the third and final glue-up. Yes, I got scared. It was 2" thick and just over 12" x 20" and I figured not only would it be a bit unmanageable once it got wet in the kitchen, but storage for something like this would be a pain. My wife came out to the shop and laughed at me. Good thing she did, because I ultimately think the final size is a bit more adequate. Who knows… maybe I was overcompensating. :)

Anyways, these boards are a ton of fun to make and are only slightly more complicated than your average endgrain boards. Your thickness planer will be your best friend, as will patience on the glue-ups.

Finished with 5 coats of the 50/50 mix of Salad Bowl Oil and Mineral Spirits.

BTW - Last photo shows some of the segments before the final glue-up. I ended up removing some more after I stared at it for hours.

Hope it inspires.

In case you hadn't seen it, I created a how-to in the blog section http://lumberjocks.com/McLeanVA/blog/18432

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Looks great. Is there a tutorial on this?
 

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What a great board… you are getting really good at this…Exemplary.
Regards
Larry.
 

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Thanks Larry. I'm building up my confidence to try your woven cutting board. Every time I look at it, I get scared. Once day I'll dig my heels in and give it a shot.

Mike, I've tried to type out directions for this a hundred times and every time I think "nobody in their right mind will understand this." I really really really need to slow down and take pictures as I work. Darn that haste. Shoot me a PM and I'll try to put something together as a tutorial. It's dead-simple to do… just a beast to explain via a computer keyboard.
 

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Your right… size matters. Weight and storage are always issues in the typical household kitchen-but they sure look nice. Yours looks great. Well done.

BTW: I used leftover segments by slicing thin, laminating to quarter or eighth inch ply and then use for box tops.
 

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Veggie. Killer another well done design, you've have the talent to tackle any design. Your hand will guide you grasshopper…lol, thanks for sharing stay safe Blkcherry
 

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Nice cutting board.
 

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Great. I like the rounded corners and the routed hand grips. Anyone special getting this as a gift?
 

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Nice. Simple design that really looks cool.
Those are two of my favorite woods.
You did a very nice job of getting it tight. Congrats.

Steve
 

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That looks great! Nicely finished too. I would be interested in seeing a tutorial on this as well. Perhaps you might do a blog on your next effort?
 

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Wow. What's next, a maze?

That last picture of the unfinished board really helped me comprehend how you got to the final product.
 

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Nice job, I am doing the woven cutting board now and it is something else. but even in glue up you feel proud that you have done it. Go for it!!!!!!
 

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For those of you still following this thread, I have painstakingly created an illustrated tutorial on how these are done. Photos may have been helpful, but illustration gives me more control to simplify the process.

http://lumberjocks.com/McLeanVA/blog/18432
 

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Hey, when I cut a finger recess with a cove bit, on the router, I get a lot of burning where I start and stop, do you have a trick for sanding the burn marks out on your boards?
Thanks
 
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