My largest chopping board yet. #2: Dressing the boards..

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Blog entry by degoose posted 01-27-2012 11:46 AM 5835 reads 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Sourcing the timber. Part 2 of My largest chopping board yet. series Part 3: Crosscutting.. »

Having sourced the timber it was time to cross cut to size and rip to width..

The board is going to be 650 mm by 400 mm [26 in by 16 in] so I cut the pieces to 850 mm [34 in] taking in the 3mm [1.8 in] kerf for each cross cut in the next step….. and sized them to 50 mm [2 in] thick.

This will leave a little extra to hold against the fence when crosscutting and maybe a little left over the make a small herb board to match…

Then each piece was ripped to the desired width… and arranged to give the best pattern… making sure to orientate the grain…

Each board from the right was moved over to the left to see how the patteren would look.

This pattern had to be adjusted to make sure the width of the board was exactly 400 mm.

[The width dictated that more strips were used… to make sure that there was no splitting … wood movement in larger pieces may eventually cause cracks…]

Into the clamps over night… next step tomorrow…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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Bob Collins

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#1 posted 01-27-2012 12:23 PM

Looking good so far Larry, nice variety of wood. Look forward to the next episode.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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#2 posted 01-27-2012 01:55 PM

You are an adventure in wood, Larry!
Like Bob, I’m anxious to see the next installment.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 01-27-2012 02:17 PM

Now you got me hooked to “As The Board Glues”....... Will it Crack? Will it Warp? tune in tomorrow!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#4 posted 01-27-2012 02:32 PM


You are the cutting board master. One of the first LJ projects that inspired me was one of your cutting boards. I had a lot of small pieces of lumber left over from making gunstocks, so I made a cutting board from them and used it as the top of a kitchen island. its about 24” by 24” in size. Another project I want to make someday is to build a bench from a laminated slab of blocks. I’m building another hydraulic press to glue up gunstock blanks that will handle a 12” X 55” X 4” glue up.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 01-27-2012 03:01 PM

Looking Good, Staying Tuned!

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#6 posted 01-27-2012 04:00 PM

Looks good, Larry.

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#7 posted 01-27-2012 04:09 PM

Looks like it is coming together Larry. Questions and a comments:

>“making sure to orientate the grain…”
For looks, or for stability?

>“wood movement in larger pieces may eventually cause cracks…”
Percentage wise, thin strips expand as much as wide strips. They can cause just as many cracks. Are you breadboarding the ends?

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 01-27-2012 04:38 PM

Fun to watch Larry and I never would have thought to see the final pattern the way you did it. Looking forward to the next installment.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 01-27-2012 05:10 PM

That’s going to be a big one! Looking forward to your next post.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 01-27-2012 05:26 PM

Larry: What are the woods? Are they hardwood? Small pores?

26×16 is large. Could make a chopping table out of it.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#11 posted 01-27-2012 06:11 PM

Looking good, Larry. What kind of glue did you use?

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 01-27-2012 06:50 PM

Thanks for the blog on boardem assembly,you da master of the board.

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 01-27-2012 07:43 PM

I just finished my biggest board to date and it was way more work than I expected.
Looking forward to seeing yours.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 01-28-2012 02:18 AM

If I had any questions, somebody else has asked them. Nothing like seeing a project take shape.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#15 posted 01-28-2012 02:34 AM

Trees fear you!!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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