Sencond Gen Cutting board 45/25


This cutting board was started while working on the first one posted here:

Larry (Degoose) made similar one but round which I liked very much.
In fact I was set to make one like it but the wood had a different idea for me.

This is the second one in this series of board. It was much easier to build.
I am thinking to make a couple more and call it quit.

Wood: Walnut and maple

First the linear laminates

Then the first 45 degree cut to get a chevron design.
The pencil line on the laminate was just for referencing the top side. I ended up not needing them since every other piece gets flipped..

Then the second cut at 25 degrees and the resulting pieces.
Notice I used an attachment for the sled so that I “see” my cut line. No more eye balling -:)

Pieces rearranged. You might be able to see the tiny number on the maple that will help keep things in sequence during glue up.

Glue up in smaller sections then glue these into larger section. It was more manageable this way for me.
I also have a better control at preventing the pieces from creeping up and down when clamping pressure is applied

Getting back a strait edge that will allow me to use the table fence to cut the opposite side parallel.

Added some cherry;* I love the dark walnut with the cherry*.
Used some biscuit to reinforce the joint and trim to dimensions.

Routed the handle

Rounded over the whole thing

Done right? No, now the best part.
Remember those biscuits. I see the smiles already…

I trimmed the border several time before I liked the result. Unfortunately I exposed the corner of the outer 2 biscuits.

Decorative plugs to the rescue!
Why 4 instead of 2 on each long side? I though 4 would look better and have better spacing/symmetry.

It was fun to build; Hope you like it!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA


I love it. I have to make one of these sometime. It’s in the queue.

Losing fingers since 1969

Warning Brian, they are addictive!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Love this post. Great detail and enough success to make me want to try it. Still, I’m not sure I have the patience…I tend to yell at my wood a lot. Oh, and great save on that biscuit exposure. That actually looks great.

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

Ian, I just have to ask if you are concerned about the potential for any cross grain issues? The board is very attractive and I hope it will stay that way.

-- Art

Thanks Wolf & rabbit.
I don’t have much patience either. It’s no much different that a regular chevron board. Just cut twice. Go for it.

Art: Thank you.
Yes, end grain against end grain glue should fail. My first chevron board I built few years ago had biscuit between each segment.
It doesn’t take much to put biscuits in between segment, for me it’s the thrill to build stuff to relax from daily work stress. I never sold a project. Almost all of them were given away.
I have since stopped doing that. As for the many others I built without biscuits , I was told they are still alive. That’s about 3 to 4 years for some of them.

I think the main reason I have not seen/heard of any failure is the glue has gotten much better
now. I also think a lot of people don’t use they board for cutting but more for decoration.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Both your last two boards are beautiful and I like the detailed write up on the process and the recovery on the exposed biscuit .
A tip on gluing end grain to engrain is to put glue on both parts and let it soak for a minute and then wipe it off ,let it dry completely and then apply glue and clamp as usual .
Give it a try on some scrap it works for me on mitre joints .

Thanks Kiefer! I admire your inventive mind and boy your are very experienced!

I did some of that when I built my router table. I watched a video of Sommerfeld on building cabinets and he talked about putting some glue on the end grain and let it soak.
In all honesty I totally forgot About it.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Excellent work lanwater….Great recovery from cutting into the biscuits…..Thanks for sharing

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

just two more? You aren’t addicted? I thought cutting boards were addictive

Toxins Out, Nature In - body/mind/spirit

Thanks KDC68.

MsDebbie, that’s until I finish a couple more projects that are important to my wife. after that more boxes and board for Christmas gifts.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks Walnut65!

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

No that is how to blog about a build… and wow what a build…and a great rendition of the fabulous 2nd gen board…thanks for sharing…

Drink twice... don't bother to cut @

lanwater – End grain to edge grain will create problems due to the different expansion directions. As Norm would say, a classic cross-grain situation.

kiefer – Your gule-up procedure, letting the glue dry compltely before reglueing and clamping doesn’t make any sense to me. Glue will not stick to glue so how could it work?

David, from what I know, you apply a dab of glue so it is absorbed into the end grain.
You wait just a little ( a couple of minutes) then apply glue to both surface and proceed as usual.
That little glue on the end grain seal it a bit so it does not absorb the final glue and weaken the joint. I have seen it in many videos and readings. That does not mean these people are an authority on the subject.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

I understand the concept a bit more. However, I make 1200+ boards a year without using that technique and have no problem with end grain joints failing. I use TiteBond III exclusively. Keep in mind, the open time for TiteBond III is just 7 minutes.

Yup, I also use titebond III as well.
1200 boards a year is a lot of boards. Do you do that for a living?
Can you post some of your designs I need some fresh ideas for Christmas gifts :)

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Wow that’s an amazing Cutting board ,outstanding photo workmanship and photo lay out.

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