Projects #8: end grain boards... lots of them

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Blog entry by NedB posted 11-27-2012 03:42 AM 2079 reads 2 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m gearing up for the LOML and son to hit the craft show market in the spring. (my job conflicts, and they’re better salespeople). She wants at least 100 boards of various sizes on hand… here’s the latest batch. Not quite ‘done’ so I’m not posting a ‘project’ of them…

that’s freshly after a single wiped on coat of mineral oil. I’ll give them all another session of sanding, then at least two more coats of oil before storing them til we need them.

three small boards all from the same ‘blank’. Woods throughout are maple, walnut and cherry unless otherwise specified.

two similar boards with slightly different treatment of the edges.

one largish board.. about 12×24x 3/4”

this board and the one following are again from a single ‘blank’ this one had the pieces grouped in sets of 4, instead of the usual wood whisperer alternate flip which I’ve been using.

this one was with the usual flip and glue up…

and finally…

my first ‘super simple’ single board board. Simply planed to thickness, cut into strips, put up on end and glued back together. Thanks to bubba1772 for posting his recent boards using similar technique.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#1 posted 11-27-2012 03:47 AM

you are a real machine with this ned

looking great !

since you are on a roll
go for a bakers dozen lol

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 11-27-2012 03:51 AM

David, currently in my living room there are 24 cutting boards, either in ‘glued up’ and waiting overnight for planing, oiled as you see there, or completed (you can just see two from my ‘last’ batch on the right of the collection shot)

My goal is 40 by the end of the weekend.

and if you count just the ones in the main section of the table.. there is exactly a baker’s dozen there.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#3 posted 11-27-2012 04:01 AM

my mistake ned
(i just woke from a nap)

what i meant is 113
rather than the even 100

i had seen bubbas post
but was not sure how he did some of that
(i must have missed the part about flipping)

now i get it

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 04:08 AM

Well I’m sure I’ll have at least that many eventually… considering I have it ‘down to a science’...

I’m trying ‘new’ techniques as well… check back wednesday for a semi ‘random’ board for example.

well I call it flipping… in the case of that one walnut board, I didn’t alternate ends, just turned them up on end, except for one of them also got rotated 180°.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 04:58 AM

Looks good, Ned!

The 1st picture front & center as well as the Last picture, look like it’s all setup for a few fish! LOL

COOL boards…

They will sell…

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year

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#6 posted 11-27-2012 05:06 AM

Geeze… I see boards like these and I feel like such a novice :-)

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#7 posted 11-27-2012 07:40 AM

Good stuff! Now make a “super simple” with the crown of the grain opposing. That makes for a neat effect. Such an easy project and still so cool!

-- I work with metal for money, and wood for fun...

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#8 posted 11-27-2012 07:47 AM

That is a huge number of boards. Are you using a thickness/drum sander, or freehanding it? I really like the look of these boards and may have to copy a few.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#9 posted 11-27-2012 10:15 AM

Great work, I don’t doubt you’ll have any problems selling them.

Good luck

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#10 posted 11-27-2012 10:51 AM

Those are some awesome boards! Love the look.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 11-27-2012 06:55 PM

Joe L. Thanks!

JoeinTN, these are SO simple to make, I use the wood whisperer method… glue up some boards, plane to thickness, cross cut into strips, on most of them I alternated the strips (except the two I mentioned) and then planed them to thickness again (yes, end grain planing…), rounded over the edges on Most of them (two got just a 1/8 round over), sanded to 220 and then mineral oil.

Bubba, I almost did that on this one, but I had an odd number of strips.

Bob, see above. I don’t have a sander, those are planed down using my DW734, then I hit them with the Random Orbital.

David, thanks for looking, I sure hope they sell!

Monte, thanks! I’m trying to make a variety of styles and sizes, since you never know what folks will want to buy.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#12 posted 11-28-2012 04:58 AM

Great looking boards. What will craft show purchasers be willing to pay for them?

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#13 posted 11-28-2012 10:25 AM

kajun, that’s the real question isn’t it? We’ll have to see. I’m planning on a decent price per board foot, but in the end it is negotiable.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#14 posted 11-29-2012 12:01 AM

Beautiful cutting board, Ned.

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#15 posted 12-02-2012 04:01 AM

latest batch of 4

all cherry

all butternut

maple and walnut

another maple, walnut and cherry

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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