Woodworking as Therapy #14: In progress first generation board

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 12-14-2011 06:01 AM 1565 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 13: Slow and easy wins the race.... Part 14 of Woodworking as Therapy series Part 15: First generation board with first coat of oil »

I’m almost done with my first cheese board. It’s been an experience. I’ve never done anything quite like the chevron. It was a little bit of a challenge but I think I did okay. I’d like your opinion on whether or not I should round off my corners or just break the edges.

Also the artistic side of my mind (which is not exercised very much – so it may be wrong here) wants to put in some fancy diamond shaped inlays on the sides, just small 1/4” diamonds in walnut. What do you think?

You’ll notice that my chevrons are off center, they were centered and they just didn’t look right to me so I chopped off a little on one edge to “fix it”.

I can certainly see how degoose and others get so many design possibilities with this process. Anyway – here’s my board – what do you think?

The woods are walnut, cherry and hard maple.

I have to admit this woodworking therapy sure seems to be working! The more I’m out in the shop the more I feel like my old self.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 12-14-2011 06:07 AM

I am so glad you are feeling more like you old self… as to the chevron pattern… well I am impressed… it is coming along wonderfully… I would suggest just breaking the edges… and maybe rounding the corners..
Can’t wait till you oil it and those colours POP…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 12-14-2011 06:22 AM

Thanks Larry – your posts are what inspired me to try this design. I really think that walnut really will pop when I get oil on it. I’m anxious to get to that part of it. Probably won’t happen until the weekend though—tomorrow starts the holiday party round robin of parties.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 06:49 AM


Glad to hear you are feeling more like your old self.

The chevron c-board is coming along nice. I defer to degoose regarding edge/corner treatment.

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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robert triplett

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#4 posted 12-14-2011 07:43 AM

This does not look like a first attempt! I like the off center look. I don’t often listen to my artistic side. It wants me to do impossible things. I add a slight bevel to the edge and like the look. Or sometimes I don’t feel like changing the round over bit in the router from a previous project and I do a slight round over. It is nice to break the edge and eliminate splinters. Keep up the good work and show us pictures when the oil is on the wood.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 12-14-2011 01:25 PM

Woodworking is inspirational and relaxing.
The chevron board is looking great. While they are a little tedious, what can be more relaxing than becoming one with the wood!
My only comment about putting diamonds in – gets a little busy, what with the pattern already there. Doing something with the edges will give a nice effect without taking away from the beauty of the pattern.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#6 posted 12-14-2011 04:10 PM

Thanks all.

Robert thanks! – sometimes I find my first attempt is my best one. It turns out well so I think it’s pretty easy so I do the second one not paying as much attention to the detail and it comes out not so well. The trick is maintaining the same level of detail orientation and sometimes that’s a hard thing.

Ellen – I think you are right – diamonds will make it look busy. I’m glad I asked.

Thanks again.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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John in SD

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#7 posted 12-14-2011 04:27 PM

The chevron board looks great…...but for your artistic side… ‘bout just 1 small diamond there

-- Life used to be soooo much simpler!!!!

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#8 posted 12-15-2011 12:25 AM

I think it’s gorgeous! Like, Larry, can’t wait to see a picture with the finish!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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