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Project by JL7 posted 60 days ago 2179 views 36 times favorited 67 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another one from the cutoff bin. It’s always a challenge to figure out what to do with those pesky little cutoffs….and they tend to pile up behind my bench…..I also have a big bin full of “extra” cutting board parts from old projects…..

So the rules here were no lumber from the stack, only the bin. But unlike the bin boards I’ve built in the past, I wanted to have some symmetry with this one. So the board is built from the center out…..it’s a ridicules number of glue-ups…

This is really the kind of project that should be done on the side…do a glue-up and then work on something else! I’ve been playing with the lathe in between which works well since the lathe doesn’t demand much workbench time and this board is a workbench hog…

The design was created one row at a time with no other plan….be it good or bad, right or wrong….

Some of the cutoff’s glued up:

Cut everything into 1-1/2” blocks and this is the first glue-up on the board itself:

Of course after each glueup, you gotta get everything back to square again using any means necessary, then glue some more…...you get it:

Tried something new for the handholds on this one. Built 2 identical MDF templates and used carpet tape to stick them to the TOP of the board, and then used a rub collar (or pin router type) setup on the router table to carve the radius-ed cutouts – here’s the before and after:

All the edges I could get to are eased with the chamfer bit on the router table.

Mineral oil finish.

Too many wood types to list.

Thanks for looking!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.





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steve_in_ohio

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#1 posted 60 days ago

that is awesome, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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firefighterontheside

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#2 posted 60 days ago

Jeff, that is something. I cant even imagine. Good thing you got the new bessys.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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DIYaholic

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#3 posted 60 days ago

Great use of “scraps”....
Fantastic looking board.

You do have a talent for design…. even when “winging” it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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SPalm

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#4 posted 60 days ago

Good for you. You have some mighty impressive scraps.
Well done, looks like fun.
And good job on the handhold.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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rowdy

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#5 posted 60 days ago

Jeff, you are NUTS. LOL! How in the world do you find the patience to do that kind of glueup? That board is one of a kind, for sure. Sure hope no one asks you to make one for them exactly like it. I would be happy to send you the contents of my cutoff bin if it would help. Seriously, this is amazing and eye-catching work as usual. I continue to be totally impressed with what you do. Thanks for sharing and making me feel like a woodworking wimp.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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patron

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#6 posted 60 days ago

another 7 jeff (out of 1-6)

great board
great work

wending its way to #1
like all your projects deserve

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Gary

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#7 posted 60 days ago

Excellent work. How much you charge for a week of schooling?

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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eddie

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#8 posted 60 days ago

Jeff awesome board .looks like you had those creative juices going on this one great build and design

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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lightcs1776

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#9 posted 60 days ago

Stunning. You certainly have a great talent. Wish more people could see the beauty that can be made from scraps, both in woodworking and in life.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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JL7

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#10 posted 60 days ago

Thanks for the comments folks!

Rowdy – you keep those cutoffs! The problem is, when you use cutoffs to make something, you inevitable end up with more cutoffs…...there is no end to it!

Gary – for you, the preferred rate….when do we start??

Randy and Eddie – when are you going to break in those new drum sanders of yours??

Good analogy Chris, so true….....

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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TheWoodenOyster

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#11 posted 60 days ago

Awwww. Come on guys. It’s easy to make stuff like that out of scraps. The real challenge is doing it with sawdust. That’s what I want to see next. A cutting board made out of whatever is in the dust collector.

Just kidding. Beautiful work! I think the symmetry really looks great! Someday I’ll have the patience for that. Until then, my cutting boards are just s4s pieces of maple.

Incredible work!!!

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Dennis Zongker

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#12 posted 60 days ago

Wow, that is a lot of glue up time, beautiful work!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Tedster

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#13 posted 60 days ago

Wow, that is one complex cutting board! Only problem is it’s too nice looking… I wouldn’t want to cut anything on it. Nice work, Jeff.

-- I support the 28th Amendment. http://www.wolf-pac.com/28th

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DIYaholic

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#14 posted 60 days ago

Jeff,
If you swing by my place & help me move my sander….
From my vehicle, down a set of bulkhead stairs and into The Lair….
I’ll start on my end grain board ASAP!!!

You already broke the “Top 10”.....9th as of now and climbing!!!

So, when can I expect you???
That and you can have all of my saw dust for your next board!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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jbschutz

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#15 posted 60 days ago

Jeff, you are the mad scientist of cutting boards…...I can picture you rubbing your hands together and laughing maniacally as you work your evil plan. Really cool!

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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