Homage to SPALM

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 04-23-2014 06:40 PM 2791 views 26 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Good day LJs

Having caught CBF (cutting board fever), I gave one of our fellow LJs (spalm) projects a try.

This cutting board is 8” x 13.5”, with a 1/2” thick top surface made of 1” squares of laminated bloodwood, maple, oak and walnut, mounted on a 3/4” thick base of maple, with the top face and corners chamfered.

I did the glue-up in stages, first by assembling two columns at a time to ensure flatness of the project, then progressively glued the two-column strips together, adding one strip at a time. This prevented bending and bowing that I have encountered when trying to do a mass glue-up.

Even with those precautions, I still ended up with a slightly bowed product across the length of the top surface. My wife suggested putting it on a solid base of maple, which worked out well.

The bloodwood has a slight tendency to chipout when planed, but I found that applying a clear CA glue (superglue) over those areas, followed by sanding, makes those chipout disappear.

Pic #2 is a closeup of the laminated squares, Pic #3 shows the contrast between the squares and the maple base

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#1 posted 04-23-2014 06:55 PM


-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#2 posted 04-23-2014 07:14 PM

What a great looking cutting board. The lay out and glue up must have taken some time to complete.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 04-23-2014 07:16 PM

That’s some striking contrast. Very nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#4 posted 04-23-2014 07:26 PM

Nicely executed…

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

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#5 posted 04-23-2014 08:12 PM

Nicely done and a good homage to Steve.
I always liked the “woven” cutting boards and this one stands out!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#6 posted 04-23-2014 10:28 PM

Really well done. Looks great. And Steve is one clever guy….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 04-24-2014 12:02 AM

Very well done. I like it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 04-24-2014 01:16 AM

Way cool! I don’t see an easy way to do that. There are tons of chances to goof very nicely done.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 04-24-2014 05:28 AM

Great CB. I had CBF a couple of years ago at Christmas and enjoyed it. Nice work. Cheers.

-- Narinder, Calgary, Ab.

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#10 posted 04-24-2014 06:42 AM

Looks great! (I find that polyurethane glue provokes less curving)

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 04-24-2014 09:53 AM

Lovely and Dazzling.
I would suggest to give a try to ‘bricks layout’ pattern, in which every second column is shifted by half a brick. i would assume it would add to the stiffnes as to the dazzling affect of the board.

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#12 posted 04-24-2014 10:06 AM

Nice job!!

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#13 posted 04-24-2014 10:20 AM

Very nice, it looks amazing. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#14 posted 04-24-2014 11:53 AM

beautiful well done

-- Joe, Ga

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#15 posted 04-24-2014 12:27 PM

You done well. That is a really nice board.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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