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Blog entry by AJswoodshop posted 05-01-2012 01:43 PM 1376 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My mom has a ladies lunchen pretty soon and she wants me to make birdhouses for prizes and cutting boards. If you have a photo of a birdhouse you’ve built send me a photo of it.

And send me photos of the cuttingboards too. She wants the cutting board to have a mix of diffrent woods.

And I have too get all of this done in 1 week!


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#1 posted 05-01-2012 03:08 PM

Handy tip: You can easily search through the Projects section by keyword tags. In this case, here are birdhouses and here are cutting boards.

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#2 posted 05-02-2012 04:07 PM

Check out the crazy quilt pattern cuttings boards, they’re different and difficult looking and you make two at once. I’ve got one in my projects to see an example. I just bought two boards that were 12” wide, not too hard at a hardwoods lumber place if they have cutoff shelves. Just find two that are close to that width, up to 16” long, plane to the same thickness, stack them with tape and run them through the band saw. I believe I used a 1/2” blade, wider is better to avoid wandering. Cut thin strips of something the same thickness, I used cherry, and sandwich them in between the cut lines.
Make sure to cut across the grain first, switch every other one to alternate wood types, lightly sand the edges to reduce the bandsaw marks (they don’t show if they aren’t completely removed), insert strips, glue and clamp. It helps a lot to clamp without gluing once to see where the wood will want to wander. Once glued I ran it through the planer once to level out the spots that didn’t glue quite flat. Cut the other direction and repeat the process, round over the edges, oil and you now have two cutting boards.
Finally display here, and try to give credit to the guy who invented them, don’t know who but they’re on here somewhere.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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