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Tool thoughts #33: Some new cutting boards

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[_]D Morning all, Since the powers that be frown on WIP photos in the projects section, here are some in progress photos of what i did yesterday:
I was cleaning out the tool shed (distinct from my Shop… it is where the lawn stuff, and family stuff is stored) and I found a whole bin of short cut-offs plus a single 5/4 cherry board. The board was weathered (it was when I got it) and I’ve had it for at least 8 years now. My how time flies when life gets in the way of woodworking. The board was about 7’ long and about 8” wide. I didn’t get a photo of it in rough form, but here it is cut into 2.5” to 3” boards, and planed to 7/8 or so thickness. The boards are about 40” or so long, should get a couple of nice cherry end grain boards out of it.

while I was in planer mode I reached up and grabbed some random boards from my ‘cutting board stock’ as well:

A couple of maple, some chocolate (walnut) and some different cherry (different only that it wasn’t from that one board), and some butternut (white walnut)

I’m and old hand at the wood whisperer style end grain boards, so this part is easy for me to do. I think this time I’m going to try something a little different, and try some other angles and what not, have to see where I take it, I’m not sure just yet where I’ll go.

at this stage however it is all just stock preparation.

I need to pick up a switch for my jointer, not sure how it got this way, but it is a plug and play jointer… plug it in and it runs… no switch at the machine. Yeah, that’s got to change if I’m going to keep it. (which i am, no budget for a new jointer at this stage of the game)

However I got it set up so that I was able to go from this:
and this

to these:

I wound up with quite a pile of ‘short’ stock to work with. The boards from these will be ‘random’ rows. I’m going to see how the wood decides to go together. I shut things down around 9PM last night, I have a neighbor whom I don’t want to annoy too much, and I figure jointer and planer noise (with the shop door open) are not all that conducive to his sleeping.

I’m going to watch the woodsmith shop and then go clean up my mess from last night, and see what other trouble I can get into. Thanks for stopping by.

Ned

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com



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#1 posted 605 days ago

there are at least 4, possibly as many as 6 cutting boards sitting there:

Maple, butternut, cherry and walnut

Maple and cherry.

and another maple, butternut, cherry and walnut

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#2 posted 603 days ago

Well, didn’t get as much done yesterday as I thought I would… however I did manage to get a couple things accomplished. I decided to try a new twist on gluing up strips for the boards, and I was somewhat successful at it. I cut a 45° bevel on a couple of strips, and then glued them together. On one I was spot on, the other is going to thin down the overall board if I use it. I think I’m going to only put the one ‘composite’ in this batch of boards, and plane the ‘almost right’ down to thickness and use it for something else. I don’t want to lose any more thickness than I have to.

Friday evening I glued up board 2 shown above, but I’m not hooking up the planer until I get all three of the boards glued up. the long cherry boards wound up in a new overhead rack I put up, I kept tripping over them, as well as some long maple pieces which I have plans for. I think I may pull one or two of each down and match the cherry to the maple, for the next wave of boards.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 585 days ago

almost done with this batch of boards: just need to round over the edges and then sand once more, apply some mineral oil coats and they’ll be good to go.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1 http://nedswoodshop.blogspot.com

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