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    Default Inlay Cutting Boards

    Has anyone made any inlay cutting boards? My concern is making them so food won't get into the board. Any pictures?
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    Hey Ken,

    I've made a few, just make the inlay tight and glue it well with something like Titebond II or III and a good soak in mineral oil. Use the better types of closed or tight grain woods like hard maple, walnut, cherry, beech, white oak, etc. End grain glued up cutting boards with end grain inlay pieces work great in part because cutting the pocket and the inlay Cuts really nice with a sharp upcut bit. Another method is to cut the board apart in a curve shape with a 0.375" bit and then rip contrasting thin strips the same thickness and then glue back together. Cut it again and add another stripe, and again...

    Check out this guy's boards, beautiful work! https://m.youtube.com/user/mtmwood

    Not inlay, but here's a tumbling block one I did several years ago.
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    Talk about a rabbit hole...
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    Ken…

    Here’s the inlay I do… the handmade feature strip is cut off a “master” block at about 1/8” thick. I glue it in a saw-cut groove with Tight Bond III. Cutting boards with a little bit of bling sell much faster even with a modest up charge!

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    Nice touch, I agree about different touches on cutting boards. I like to personalize them.
    Epoxy inlays work well.

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    Those cutting boards are so nice that I'd have to put a HDPE board on top to cut anything. It would cause me physical pain to mar it up with a knife.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Carney View Post
    Nice touch, I agree about different touches on cutting boards. I like to personalize them.
    Epoxy inlays work well.
    Be cautious using resins. They release toxins, and cutting into the resin can cause small pieces to end up in food. There are several FDA approved resins, and many resins with zero chemicals/natural. The cost is a bit more, but the piece of mind is worth it. Just my $.02.

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    I do them on occasion these were done for a garlic festival, inlays were 1/4 thick glued in with west system epoxy. Inlays were sugar maple and white oak. Board is sapele


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    That link to the videos is very enlightening. I don't do much in the of craft work, lot's of models, and signs, but nothing like what you folks do. Very cool stuff! Russ
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    +1 on the "Very cool stuff"
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