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Blog series by MolokMot updated 842 days ago 6 parts 11641 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Breaking Down the lumber

875 days ago by MolokMot | 0 comments »

This is the start of two cutting boards that I am making for some friends of mine. Two boards were rough cut and is ready for milling. One board was Cherry (8×42 x 1), and the other Maple (8×42 x 1.25) These will make two cutting boards approximately 11.25×15 x 1.5 Tonight I am hoping to get the milling done so that the parts can be cut down to their final dimensions and the first glue-up can be started.

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Part 2: Jointers and Handplanes!

875 days ago by MolokMot | 2 comments »

Started the milling process on the cherry boards tonight. The biggest problem in my shop right now is that it is in the basement of the townhouse I rent. Living room is right up stairs and the noise / smell really carries. So I used my jointer to quickly flatten one face then I cleaned them up with my new handplanes which I tuned up this past weekend. This comming weekend I am really hoping get get enough time to finish the milling process on all the boards and begin ripping them down to t...

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Part 3: First Glue Up

862 days ago by MolokMot | 0 comments »

Each of the strips is milled cut and ripped to the following dimensions: Thickness: Little less than 1” Width: 1.5” Length: 21” There are Five strips each of maple and cherry. I glued up the panel in two sections using an extra maple strip to separate them. Two strips on the end are glued together, but are not glued to the adjacent maple spacer strip or the other 8 strips. I did this primarily because I only have so many clamps at this point and my planner is only 10&#...

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Part 4: Final Glue-Up and Flattening

852 days ago by MolokMot | 2 comments »

After the last glue-up, and flattening the panel, I cross cut the panel in strips 1.25” wide. Taking those strips I turned them so the end grain was showing and flipped every other one end for end to create the checkerboard pattern. I am sure we have all seen Marc Spag's (aka: TheWoodWhisperer) video. (7 – How to Make a Butcher Block End Grain Cutting Board) I am sure Marc loves all of the extra attention on the subject of cutting boards. Glue up was somewhat frustrating because I...

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Part 5: Sanding, routing, sanding...

850 days ago by MolokMot | 2 comments »

The cutting board as seen in the picture below is just about complete. Just needs a little more sanding and finish. Since the last post, here are the steps completed: Using my dewalt random orbit sander I went through both 60 and 100 grit. After that I used what I believe to be a half inch round over in several passes. I left one side a much lighter pass then the other so that the cutting board can be used either way depending on the taste of its new owner. After routing, I went thro...

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Part 6: Finish Applied

842 days ago by MolokMot | 0 comments »

Close to the final step! The cutting board was sanded down to about 220 grit using an orbital sander. After sanding the board was cleaned off with mineral spirits. Finish (50/50 salad bowl finish and mineral spirits) was applied in three coats. 1. Applied a heavy coat till cutting board pulled the finish through to the bottom. Waited 24 hours2. Applied a second lighter coat. Waited 24 hours Light sanding with 400 grit.3. Applied the third coat This picture was taken just a...

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