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Blog series by Betsy updated 01-11-2016 03:56 AM 7 parts 11236 reads 44 comments total

Part 1: I was asked for this primer - hope it helps

11-02-2015 03:30 AM by Betsy | 11 comments »

I was asked by several newbies if I would take some time to do a blog on building cutting boards that will cover the basics that may not get covered in the blogs/forums that detail how to do the real fancy boards that we all aspire to. So I’m going to try my best to hit the simple things that a novice trying to learn on their own may not think about or not realize until after they’ve made the mistake. It’s been a very long time since I’ve taken on a task like this – so please feel free to hel...

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Part 2: Face Grain

11-08-2015 04:39 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

Simple First While there are infinite number of ways to make and styles to attempt there are basically only three varieties of cutting boards: face grain, edge grain and end grain. Face grain is the easiest and also the least durable. Having said that, some of the prettiest boards are face grain and if the board is properly cared for it can last for ages. As an example, my father made a board for my mother when they first got married. That was 73 years ago. My brother still uses that board...

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Part 3: Face Grain #2

11-09-2015 02:46 AM by Betsy | 11 comments »

Okay now on to the fitting, gluing and clamping. My admission is here that I use more clamps than necessary. Now that’s not a job killer – but it can seriously deplete your clamp store while you are doing a run of boards. The general rule of one clamp under, one clamp on top, one clamp under, etc. is basically what I follow. Let’s discuss the “elephant-in-the-room” issue first – clamping pressure. My general rule is a good fitting joint needs to have just enough glue to have a small be...

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Part 4: Face Grain #4 - short note on clamping

11-17-2015 02:15 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

Just a short entry tonight – I had a monster show this weekend so I’m going to be making lots of dust between now and Thanksgiving to restock. I plan to take lots of pictures and post short blog entries while I take breaks in working. I want to circle back a step to address one piece of business on clamps from the last entry. It’s not a job breaker – but when I clamp my projects I make sure that all of my bottom clamps are the same size and height. This avoids having have sever...

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Part 5: Face grain #5 - moving along

11-28-2015 04:49 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

Is it “scrap” or “scrape?” Either way – the rule of the shop with scrap is this and always this: You will have scrap, you will never scrape the bottom of the scrap bin and you will always wonder how the bin got so full so fast. Second reality of scrap is that no matter how much scrap you have you’ll almost never find that one piece that will fit the project at hand. Hence the “absolute need” to go to the lumberyard to buy more lumber. Third fact – you just have to live with it and le...

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Part 6: End Grain Portion

12-29-2015 01:30 AM by Betsy | 1 comment »

Well – I’ve certainly fallen behind on my blog. My apologies for not getting it finished by now. I got absolutely slammed for Christmas. I did three shows in December and did a lot of one on one selling and had my day job going on. Between all that I’m just plum wore out. So I’m resting this week and the weekend and will get back in the shop on Monday the 4th and start working on the end grain portion of the blog. Hopefully the first portion of my blog helped someon...

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Part 7: Starting on end grain

01-11-2016 03:56 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

Hopefully you all had a good long holiday with family and friends. I certainly did and I took advantage of the time to rest up and rejuvenate. I had an amazing sales month but it was exhausting so I really needed time away from the shop but now I’m slowing getting back in the swing of things and getting ready for my first 2016 show in March. So now we move onto end grain cutting boards. Some general rules about end grain boards:1. They all start off as face grain boards;2. T...

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