I got to play in my woodshop today! Yippee. I made a cutting board from
cherry and walnut with maple inlay.
Let me know if you like it. I think I'm getting a little better with my
inlay kit. :)
http://www.garagewoodworks.com/projectspage2.htm last one down
I like it! And LOML walked in while I was looking at it, and she
really liked it too - she even correctly ID'd all the woods! (She's
Anyway, I always like walnut/cherry or walnut/maple combinations -
good choice of woods IMO. I'm not sure how I feel about the inlays -
can't decide whether they're supposed to be the main focal point
point, or a secondary accent. I don't think they're too large, but I
just don't think they add much to the piece - maybe because I'm just
drawn to the beauty in the cherry and walnut, it doesn't need another
focal point in my mind. Or maybe it's that bowties are supposed to be
functional in my mind, so the fact that they're absent on the middle
board gives away the fact that they're merely aesthetic inlays. I
Overall, it's a beautiful and well-made piece, and I would be honored
to own it or proud to have made it. Great work on the inlays - it
doesn't matter whether or not I like them - they're perfectly done,
from what I can see in the picture - keep up the good work!
Thanks for sharing,
They were used to add more visual interest.
I think I agree with you here. Bowties (dutchman) are usually used for
structural purposes, so because I used them at the joint intersection, one
automatically expects to see them at all joint intersections. I probably
should have avoided the intersections in the four corners? Don't know.
|| Looks nice. Can you make smaller inlays? I wonder if it would
|| look better with smaller but one for each joint or if it would
|| look too busy that way.
| Yeah. I didn't think of that until after. If I used smaller
| inlays I could have fit one at each joint intersection. But the
| goal was just to add more visual interest (maybe a little over
AOL. Smaller inlays would work better for me, too - and a pair for
each joint might add still more balance and visual interest. It might
even be possible to size the inlays to give the impression of a border
at both ends...
'Tis nice clean work!
DeSoto, Iowa USA
Either way, it is an eye catcher and so much different than any store bought
piece. Be sure to post the third or fourth generation of them if you try
other design refinements. You could even make a set of accompanying
accessories like coasters, cheese plate, etc.
Very nice. Gave me an idea -- a cutting board with a dutchman in the shape
of each state/province where we've lived (5 or 6 so far, depending on how
you count) -- might be an interesting conversation piece. Of course, have
to leave room for future states...
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