Frank's Cutting Board

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Project by TimBridge posted 05-21-2014 12:33 AM 889 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made YET ANOTHER cutting board for a buddy at work who likes to cook. This one, as an edge grain model, differs from my status quo.

I went a little crazy with some 1/4” slats, smallest I’ve used yet. Unfortunately, the maple had some dark figuring so the contrast in the center pieces of maple isn’t as pronounced as I would like. In other implementations, the same figuring may have been a positive bonus but here I feel like it takes away from the piece.

In retrospect, I should have waited and picked up some more “cleaner” maple but I promised I would have this ready for him on Friday of that week and Tim Bridge keeps his promises.

This is also the first time I tried my hand at rounded corners with my band saw. It’s a craigslist-special 10” Craftsman bandsaw with 1/3HP. I was utterly disappointed when I first picked it up and tried to make a band saw box with it. Halfway through 4” of laminated maple and oak, the blade would get stuck and stop without fail. Also, even with a 1/4” blade, I couldn’t get turns more than 3”-4” in the 4” blank.

I plan to upgrade the band saw eventually and sell this one but, despite watching craigslist for all the relatively close areas, I haven’t found a deal that satisfies my requirements (14”, >= 1HP, younger than 1995, decent condition, <= $200.00).

For now though, it’s great for your weekend-warrior’s bandsaw needs.

-- Tim Bridge, Northern NJ,"Education is when you read the fine print; experience is what you get when you don't." Pete Seeger

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#1 posted 05-21-2014 11:13 AM

Very nice cutting board, I am sure your friend will be or is very happy with it…thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 05-25-2014 04:51 PM

Nice job on the boards and yes I can see why you haven’t found a bandsaw that meets your criteria, 14” bandsaws don’t often see for <$200 but it pays to keep your eyes open.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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