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    Cutting Boards - Cycle of the Moon?

    We've had a flurry of these just lately . . . Making an end grain cutting board has been on my to-do list for so long I thought it might have to be moved to the Bucket List . This one is just a plain checkerboard. I wanted to be sure my method was worked out; straight lines, tight seams, matching corners and all that. Like a lot of things, taking a simpler approach gave me better results than obsessing over every step.

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    Now I can try some more interesting patterns. I fell so flat last Christmas that I am really wanting to get a jump on it this year. Trivets will also be on the menu.

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    Cutting Boards - Cycle of the Moon?

    Nice! Those "simple" cutting boards are harder than they look. (Or at least they are if you don't plan on using glue and sawdust to fix your mistakes, LOL.) I really like the trivets, too. Is that your design?
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    Glenn,
    I'm glad you posted this. Duplication would not be the best thing.

    I really like your design.

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    Woot! I like those trivets.
    Are you making those with pattern routing, or do you have some other magic for those curves? And how thick are you making the top and bottom pieces?

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    Well Glenn you had me all excited .....I though those mixed wood trivets were going to be made from the cutting board slab when I first saw your pics and not read the post.
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    Thanks all. Trivets are a pair of 1/4" pieces of dissimilar colored woods; walnut and maple in this case. I just jointed the face of a couple pieces of scrap and face glued them together. Then milled to size and routed the grooves just a bit more than half way through with a trammel jig. I marked lines about 3/8" in from the sides so I would know where to stop routing. Done in multiple passes. I have also seen this type of trivet done with dados (straight lines of course) and the resulting blank then being framed to hide the sharp edges.

    I am vascillating on a juice groove for the cutting boards. Any comments from those that have done this? Warranted? Not really worth the bother? What do you say? I have also been percolating on a blank that could be diagonally dado'd on one side, then mounted on the lathe and worked with small-to-large circles on the other . . . . Any of you spinny guys want to give that a whirl and report back?

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    you have to make up your mind, are you vacillating or percolating?
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenn bradley View Post
    I am vascillating on a juice groove for the cutting boards. Any comments from those that have done this? Warranted? Not really worth the bother? What do you say?
    I do not have a groove on any of my boards that are for cutting/chopping.

    I DO have a groove on the one that I made specially for BBQ'ing. The meat gets slapped onto it after removing from the grill. I usually aim for medium/medium-rare on my steaks, so there is usually a bit of juice that oozes out before we sit down and eat. I find it quite useful. Previous, I'd just pop the meat onto a plate, and the juice collecting had nowhere to go. If anything, I wish I'd made the groove just a touch deeper.

    I will say that I found the actual CUTTING of the groove to be a royal pain in the backside. Since I'm just a hobbiest I don't have a CNC (which would make this easy, nor do I have a standard size cutting board that I make umpteen copies of. So I basically had to cook up a special purpose on-time-use-only pattern jig in order to cut the groove. It was a real headache.

    ps: here is a thread from 2+ years ago where I made my board with grooves: http://familywoodworking.org/forums/...-juice-grooves
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    Thanks for the info Art. The thread helped too ;-)
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    Hmmm.... End grain. Maybe I will add that to my list as well.
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