Ebony chopping board: cutting the groove

Before starting the groove I used a marking gauge to traced out the edge of the channel and marked the outside corners by tracing around a coin:

Marking out the channel on the board

The marked out the channel on the board

I used a carving gouge to cut out most of the channel:

Carving the channel

Carving the channel

Carving a long groove consistently along the grain is difficult. To solve this I made a scraper and attached it to a wooden block. By running the block against the edge of the board I was able to get a smooth consistent channel:

 

Using the scraper to smooth out the channel

Using the scraper to smooth out the channel

Next I rounded off the edges of the board slightly it was done!

 

The completed chopping board

The completed chopping board

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6 thoughts on “Ebony chopping board: cutting the groove

  1. It is a brilliant piece of work. Dougall uses it a lot. I use it too, but then Dougall has to pick it up. It is a heavy thing indeed. Excellent work and well used!!!

    • No problem at all! The steel was a bit of bandsaw blade that someone gave me. Although it was quit thick (2mm?) I managed to get a burr on it. And yes, it worked really well on the ebony, even across the grain.

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