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Blog series by degoose updated 07-23-2011 12:44 PM 16 parts 108118 reads 277 comments total

Part 1: Teaching a class..

04-14-2011 10:44 PM by degoose | 91 comments »

For those of you who have read the LumberJocks’ E-mag you will know that I was asked by Ms Debbie to teach a class on-line.. The first lesson on how to make an end grain cutting board will be posted on in this blog series in the first week of May… just after the Maleny Wood Expo.. This will not be like the usual tutorial which is a single or multi-part explanation of how to do something… this will be a series of lessons posted every three or four days so that anyone wh...

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Part 2: Heads up on timber...

04-20-2011 12:38 AM by degoose | 8 comments »

Well, for all those who will be taking the End Grain Cutting Board 101 class….and so far have had over 50 responses… A little heads up regarding timber… I have two similar designs that I will be making… a beginner board and one for intermediate woodworkers… Both boards will require three different timbers… a light and a dark and one in between… I will be going into the various timber selection and dimensions in the first lesson but for those ...

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Part 3: Excuses, excuses...

05-08-2011 09:35 PM by degoose | 12 comments »

Please pardon the delay… my dog ate my homework…Seriously though the last few weeks have been very hectic around here with the launch of the new line and two woodworking show attendances… I have a small hiatus before the next show in Brisbane.. where I will be demonstrating the TWC on behalf of another Distributor in Brisbane… it will be a wonderful time… just turn up … do the demos and go home…no unpacking or packing up…As to the first lesson o...

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Part 4: Lesson #1

05-19-2011 10:10 PM by degoose | 16 comments »

I know that this has been long awaited.. and I hope that the delay has not caused some to drop out of the class… NO.. I am sure that is not the case… one things that woodworkers have…is patience… Miss Debbie wrote in the latest copy of Lumberjocks e-Mag… “Patience is a virtue” they say, and a woodworker often has to use patience while working on a project. I’m picturing the time spent sanding an item, taking the sandpaper to finer and fine...

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Part 5: Finally....

06-04-2011 11:19 AM by degoose | 18 comments »

Finally I have made some progress on the first lesson…enough said… watch the video........The finished component pieces ….shown at the end of the vid dry fitted.. [note that there are no gaps.. this will make for a good glue up..] have the following dimensions: Outer… 65mm wide and 40 mm wide [2 5/8 in and 1 5/8 in]2 Inner… 65 mm wide [2 5/8 in]Centre .. 65 mm wide [2 5/8 in]All pieces are dressed to 45 mm thickness [1 3/4 inch]My timber selections were Golden...

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Part 6: A little variation...

06-05-2011 11:04 AM by degoose | 10 comments »

For some, the end grain board is fairly basic… so just as a little variation I have made another… with bevel rips of 30 degrees and 15 degrees… I have cut some slices on the end of each to show… The outer pieces have bevel rips on one side… at 30 degrees… The Centre piece has rip bevels at 15 degrees… So that means the remaining two pieces have bevels of 15 and 30 degrees… I leave it up to those who choose to make this one, to dec...

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Part 7: Fairly straight forward???

06-09-2011 12:34 PM by degoose | 17 comments »

The next step, now that the timber is dressed to size…..and more fun than sanding… The Glue Up… Notice I have purposely left the outer pieces longer… this is to help when the cross cutting is done.. The clamps are set up to size and all pieces are rotated 90 degrees on edge [all exept the last one] and glue is applied to the edge…only one edge receives glue… this makes it quicker if you are doing a production run…I use Titebond III… ...

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Part 8: Now, we're moving...

06-09-2011 11:02 PM by degoose | 32 comments »

This was a comment I received from a great LJ mate, Joe. Seems that some folks think this is dragging on… so .. Now We’re Moving…. The blanks are out of the clamps it is time to move on to the next step… Again this lesson is on video… so just sit right back and enjoy the presentation… There are a few key points that I wish to elaborate on…. Hearing protection .... I am aware I was lax in not using it in the previous video.. so Beth thanks &#...

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Part 9: Just when.....

06-13-2011 01:40 PM by degoose | 3 comments »

Just when we were getting going… have had a short hiatus from the workshop… birthdays, anniversaries, deliveries and visits to the University… these have kept me the workshop and thus from finishing the class… and now off to Sydney for the Timber and Working with Wood Show… If the volcanic cloud allows the planes to land… So will be about a week before I post the final glue up and sanding and finished segments of the class.. Most of you will be able to ...

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Part 10: Second glue up.

06-24-2011 02:59 AM by degoose | 6 comments »

You really need to take your time with this glue up.. to make sure that the board ends up flat… Apply a small amount of glue.. Spread it evenly with a roller…. Use cauls to keep the ends level…When glueing make sure that each piece is level with either side and apply just enough pressure to see a little glue squeeze out…More tomorrow..

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Part 11: Grain orientation... just a little bit more..

06-27-2011 08:40 AM by degoose | 7 comments »

Not really part of the class but I think it emphasises that grain orientation is paramount…This morning I dressed some European Wild Cherry and some European Walnut to make another End Grain Board… When I saw how the grain was running in one piece of the walnut I thought about how I could give it a little extra oomph…. A bit blurry but you get the idea…the dark part of the walnut get larger as you move from left to right… both top and bottom.. But what ...

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Part 12: Recessed handles...

06-27-2011 10:26 PM by degoose | 5 comments »

After sanding the boards, the router table was set up with a dish cutter bit and some timber clamped to the table to act as limiting stops. The end of the boards were then passed over the bit to create the recesses… This was done in several passes.. raising the bit after each pass. There is a little burn mark on the ends but a lot of sanding will remove this… lol Nah… I can live with a little burn… it will blend in ok with some oil… As you can see ...

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Part 13: I got caught up in the moment...

06-28-2011 08:17 AM by degoose | 8 comments »

It is amazing but once I started making the 2 end grain cutting boards for the class…. I got caught up in the moment and just had to make some more… I have some really nice European Walnut, New Guinea Rosewood, Camphor Laurel and Wild Cherry…. so I ripped them down and…..here are a few more in the rough… and some still in the clamps… and one ready for sanding before crosscutting… So far another eight end grain boards in the last two days̷...

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Part 14: Rub me with oil!

07-06-2011 11:20 AM by degoose | 10 comments »

After sanding the boards to 320 grit on the Random Orbital Sander, I used 1200 grit to burnish the tops only… then it was just a matter of rubbing heaps of Mineral Oil [liquid Paraffin oil] into the boards…and buffing off the excess… this procedure will be repeated every 24 hours..once I get back from Adelaide…And then just one more finishing touch… next week…

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Part 15: Thus endeth the lesson.

07-13-2011 12:20 AM by degoose | 10 comments »

As the finishing touch to the boards of the class… I have counter-bored holes at each corner. The black rubber feet are attached with stainless steel screws.. The counter bore will stop the rubber feet from dragging the screws out if it is moved sideways… Well I am glad that this is finally finished… I know it took what seems an eternity and I do appreciate those who followed along… I have already had two photos of finished boards sent and I would like all tho...

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Part 16: I got me a certificate...

07-23-2011 12:44 PM by degoose | 23 comments »

I don’t normally worry about certificates for achievement… but this one is a little different… A while back I was asked to teach a class online… and it was a lot of fun…and the certificate is for finishing the class.. that I was teaching… Well this evening, my certificate arrived… I would like to thank everyone involved with the class… and especially Ms Debbie. I am proud to be a member of the LumberJocks Family…

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