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Basket Weave Cutting Boards

Basket Weave Cutting Boards

The first two pictures above are of a board I made for a dear friend for Christmas of ‘13. She’s a vegetarian, and thought this would be perfect for her lifestyle and kitchen décor. The woods are maple, walnut, and cherry. The finish is a concoction of food grade mineral oil and organic bees wax. My intent was just to make this one for her, but became quite popular with friends and family members who had seen it in person or in photos that I ended up making several more all within a short deadline for Christmas.
The last three pictures above are of a board I made for a birthday gift for a family member this past March. I wanted this to be a bit different than the several I had just made before. I wanted more contrast and an additional strip in the weave. This board is made from maple and purple heart. The finish here is just food grade mineral oil.
After some debating with the first board for my dear friend, the decision of installing the feet was the right one. I used the same feet for all that I made. I purchased them from Home Depot and swapped out the long screws that came with for some shorter stainless #6×1/2” panhead screws.
These are fun to make, but require accuracy when milling the pieces precisely to length. Any discrepancy will result in gaps and lose fitting blocks. There are 47 individual blocks that create the pattern. The sizes are 7/8” x 1-1/2” x 1-1/2” and 7/8” x 1-1/2” x 4-1/2”. The overall dimensions are 7/8” x 10-1/2” x 16-1/2”.
In the photo below is of when I was practicing assembling the blocks into the weave pattern the quickest and easiest way possible. Once satisfied, I numbered all 47 pieces in that order.

In the photo below is an assembly jig lined with wax paper. I glued all 47 pieces at once; the numbers helped me move quickly and efficiently. Just enough clamping pressure to see squeeze out and all the pieces remained flat and true to each other with only a little effort needed to level the slight variations afterwards.

I cannot take credit for the weave design. I got my inspiration from these woodworkers from Thank you all for sharing your talents
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Measure "at least" twice and cut once

These are my favorite style cutting boards, although I have never made one.
Someday I will.
I like you clamps, good job.

Hey thanks Bentlyj !…They are fun to do but I must admit the first one was a bit nerve racking gluing all 47 pieces at once…After the first the rest was easy !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

That’s very cool kdc. Well done.

Thanks Mark !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

I can see why that weave is so popular. Very nice!


Appreciate the compliment Mike….thanks !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

I just noticed this was chosen as an Editor’s Choice…..thanks so much !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

The weave boards are my favorite and this one is outstanding.
Incidentally I have not made any weave board. Maybe the coming Christmas season.

Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Thanks for the compliment lanwater !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Nicely done , beautiful joinery !

Thanks Moment…I appreciate the compliment

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

Nice job. Thanks for the idea.

Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Madts….Sure thing….they are fun to make !

Measure "at least" twice and cut once

This turned out great .That’s a lot of glue up.

woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

Thanks Jim ! It is a lot to glue up at once (47 pieces). But before I grab the glue, a dry run assembling those pieces and numbering them in sequence as I go makes it a lot easier….

Measure "at least" twice and cut once