making a quick cutting board

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Forum topic by SCOTSMAN posted 06-14-2013 06:46 PM 1189 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-14-2013 06:46 PM

My daughter in law wants me to make her a cutting board from an extra bit of butchers block left over from a new kitchen she and my son just had fitted.The strouble is she wants it in the shape of a heart,an easy job on the bandsaw I should think.
How should I approach it ? And should I router finish the edges or just sand.I need someone to give me a shove start mainly with design ideas and finish I will leave bare wood LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#1 posted 06-14-2013 07:56 PM

Make a 1/4” template for the heart and spend your time getting it just right. Trace the heart onto your butcher block using the template as your pattern. Cut with bandsaw OUTSIDE the line. Secure the template to the cut-out butcher block using double sided tape. Route using a straight bit with pattern bearing, a table mounted router works best for this. Remove template and drill a hole in it so you can hang it from your rafters! After minor sanding finish with liberal coats of mineral oil.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 06-15-2013 04:30 AM

The easiest way I’ve found to draw a heart is with something round or with a compass…
Three touching circles, a little drawing, and done.A quick Heart...

Hope that helps!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 06-15-2013 04:40 AM

i make heart drawings
by folding my paper in half
and drawing and cutting the shape that looks nice
with a pair of scissors
then unfolding to have a pattern for a template
or a one of for a single one

simple and easy
if you don’t like one
draw another
paper is cheap
make templates the same
cut the shape on the edge of a thicker board
and split and glue the edges together
and use a straight router bit with bearing
or with bushings for inlays

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 06-15-2013 03:40 PM

I would add: If the butcher block is made up of parallel laminations, position the heart shape so the parallel pieces run from top to bottom as in Littlecope’s sketch above. Three rubber feet on the bottom will keep it steady.

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