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10-08-2018 02:30 PM

I saw a very beautiful cutting board that was very different. It had a patchwork appearance and did not follow any set pattern that I could see. Any one have any idea how it was made? I would love to make one.

-- nutmegger13, Connecticut

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#1 posted 10-08-2018 02:42 PM

It looks to me like the dimensions of the blocks are all precut to even 1/8” or 1/4” increments so you can fill gaps with the smaller pieces as needed. If you wind up with a small gap somewhere it might require you to make a piece to fit there. You probably start with one edge flush and then trim the other 3 once it is glued up, though clamping might be easier if you trim edge pieces so they are flush first.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#2 posted 10-08-2018 02:46 PM

Those are chaotic cutting boards, I’ve seen mtmwood on youtube make a bunch of them. There are several lumberjocks who’ve copied the idea and made their own also.

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#3 posted 10-15-2018 01:50 AM

I would love to make one. Go ahead and do so. Lazyman explained it nicely!

Rick S.

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#4 posted 10-15-2018 02:03 AM

I have made similar boards out of shop scraps. I just cut the scraps to length and then start gluing them together. Of coarse all the scrape must have squared up sides to fit tightly together. Occasionally as it builds I have to put it on a table saw sled and square up sides so I don’t have voids or spaces I can’t get a piece into. If you look at the picture you will see some “straight” lines where it appears this person has done that too.
It does take time because most of the time it involves adding just 3 or 4 pieces at a time, clamping them in place, until the glue sets before I can add more. I usually do it as a side project because of the slow assembly.

For small cheese board sizes I like to make them about 2 1/2” thick and once complete I can then saw the board in half and end up with two 1” thick boards that are identical. Two for the work of one.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 10-15-2018 11:51 AM

Les, Thats exactly what I am currently doing. A few pieces at at time, a whole mishmash of all my scraps. You are right it is time consuming. Thanks for the input

Nubmegger CT

-- nutmegger13, Connecticut

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