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Blog entry by dbhost posted 12-01-2009 03:08 AM 769 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a few projects that are, well in progress for Christmas, and my wedding anniversary. One of them is the obligatory cutting board, of black walnut and red oak. Finished dimensions are going to be 22” x 16” x 1,25” thick. No handle, but a simple 1” hanger hole in one of the corners is in the design. This is the first time I have ever attempted anything along the sorts of this kind of glue up. So far it looks pretty good. I will need to get it to a shop that has a wide format planer to flatten and thickness it.

I am open for suggestion on the finish, since I honestly have no idea what to put on it. Is Boiled Linseed Oil / wax food safe?

Walnut and red oak strips.
Walnut and red oak strips view 2
In clamps 1!http://inlinethumb03.webshots.com/44098/2411668190103915817S600×600Q85.jpg!

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com



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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 04:50 AM

Mineral Oil and Linseed oil come to mind, since they are non-toxic, but I have never built such a thing. Mineral Oil is frequently recommended for the top of boards. I have built presents before but it has been along time, always seems brave. Good luck!

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 04:56 AM

Quick search gave this link re beeswax and mineral oil, quite a few comments http://lumberjocks.com/topics/11029

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#3 posted 12-01-2009 06:50 AM

I’ve seen that beeswax / mineral oil blend stuff at Lowes. Might be worth a try…

The board is out of the clamps now, and a couple of quick passes with the #4 and it seems to be dead flat on the bottom side, With any luck, tomorrow night gets the top side planed down, and the board cut to length and mark the curves for the corners in prep to take it to the band saw…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 12-01-2009 07:15 AM

There is a post of a nice rounded cutting board here…......

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/21601

Suspect you have seen this before…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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dbhost

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#5 posted 12-01-2009 09:32 PM

I got up early this morning, freezing my tail off, so I bumped the heat up for the wife, and went out to the shop. I flipped the board over and ran the #4 over the other side. There are still a couple of less than perfect spots, but a couple more passes after work should take them out…

I will be slicing the board square, and to length when I get home. That will really be pushing the limit of the sliding miter table on my BT3100 for sure! I am good for an 18” crosscut max, and this piece is 16.5”... On a different saw this would require a crosscut sled.

I need to figure out what to use as a backer board behind this piece for when I run the forstner bit through it for the hanger hole. Probably use some scrap ply I have in the bin…

I will also be building a Walnut / Oak scrap built desk clock…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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Jim Bertelson

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#6 posted 12-02-2009 07:13 AM

What interests me the most, is the #4 subbing for the wide format planer.

And have you thought of turned oak and walnut…...............mmmmmm….......mice. Saw that posted not long ago…......(-:, was it debbie? Much better than a clock…....instant Christmas gifts for the kiddies on your list….....

Yes, it was MsDebbieP, reviewing a toy making book…...

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#7 posted 12-02-2009 07:17 AM

Looks like a super board.

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dbhost

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#8 posted 12-02-2009 09:12 PM

Yeah, flattening with the # 4 is a bit of a stretch, but so far so good… lots of light passes, just shave, shave shave, until I get a nice solid peel across the board… Work my way down… Any remaining imperfections should come out when I hit it with the sander…

I got the board cut square, and to final length (23.5”) then the corners round last night, simply took a can of 3M Super 77 adhesive as a template, made sure the ends stopped where I want, drew my line, then took it to the band saw, and then the Ridgid sander…

I propped up the DC hose to the left of the belt on the sander, and ran the shop vac to the port (walnut makes me paranoid…), and used my respirator with the N-100 particulate filter. I really like my 3M respirator… A LOT more comfortable on me than the old AO Safety one I had… Not that it was a bad respirator, just a bad fit to my face…

I am seriously considering not adding the finger / hanging hole. I wanted to build this to replace her acrylic board, and they don’t have any sort of handle. But this thing IS a behemoth, and heavy… I am probably going to just finish rounding the edges over 1/2” on top, 1/4” on bottom, and then add heavy duty rubber feet.

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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#9 posted 12-02-2009 09:13 PM

Oh yeah, on the turning thing. I have oak, I have walnut, I have glue, I have a lathe… Hmmmm. This could get entertaining…

-- My workshop blog can be found at http://daves-workshop.blogspot.com

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