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MANLY END-GRAIN SLAB-HUNK CUTTING BOARD

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Project by FarmerBill posted 09-11-2014 03:45 AM 1921 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

HEFTY CUTTING BOARD CONSTRUCTION: HARD-MAPLE & CHERRY, END-GRAIN/PATTERNED, JUICE GROOVES FEED TO TWO COLLECTION HOLLOWED-OUT CUPS, ROUTED-OUT HAND HOLDS, BRANDED INITIALS & CROSS FOR “RB” AS A GIFT, FEET ADDED FOR STABILITY AND RAISED USAGE FOR SERIOUS BAR-B-QUE COOK-OFF COMPETITOR. USED A SHOP MADE SLED PLUS VERY SHARP KNIVES TO PLANE THE GLUE-UP SECTIONS. APPLIED FOOD-GRADE MINERAL OIL MULTIPLE TIMES AS THE ONLY FINISH. THE DIMENSIONS: 26” X 18” X 2” THICK AND WEIGHED IN AT: 24LBS 10.8 OUNCES. I THINK THAT MY SON-IN-LAW WILL BE ABLE TO CARVE UP ALL MANNER OF CRITTERS FOR HIS OWN PERSONAL USE AS WELL THE COMPETITIONS THAT HE ENTERS. I AM CONFIDENT THAT HIS BIRTHDAY GIFT WILL BE A HIT!

-- Farmer Bill Patriot to the U.S.A. Constitution & Bill of Rights under GOD!





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hotncold

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#1 posted 09-11-2014 04:11 AM

Now that’s a “hunk”!
Very nice!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 12:37 PM

Love it. I really like the juice collector idea.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 01:25 PM

I like big boards and I cannot lie. :-) I also like you “juice cups”. I think I will use that approach on my next butcher block.

Nicely done!

Did you have any problems running the end-grain through your planer as shown in your 4th pic? I’ve never tried for fear of destroying both my board and my planer. But this topic always leads to heated debate.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 02:11 PM

I would also love to know your success rate on putting that through the planer.

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 09:05 PM

Did you use a forstner bit for the cup, I dont see a drill point in it?

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#6 posted 09-11-2014 09:40 PM

YES, I USED A FORSTNER BIT TO INITALLY DRILL THE JUICE GROOVE COLLECTION CUPS. THEN, I USED PRIMARILY A GOUGE AS WELL AS OTHER CHISELS TO FORM AND REMOVE THE FORSTNER BIT MARKINGS . . . . . . MAN, WAS THAT A JOB! THEN, I USED A TAPERED 2” DIAMETER HOOK & LOOP SANDING SPONGE TO SMOOTH THE CUP BOWL DOWN TO 220 GRIT. THIS WAS A LOT OF WORK – SLOW & TEDIOUS WORK IN ORDER TO FORM & SMOOTH-OUT TWO 2” DIAMETER BY 5/8” BOWL/CUPS. BUT, I DID NOT WANT TO LEAVE THE FORSTNER BIT MARKS AS I FELT THAT THEY WOULD DISTRACT FROM THE OVERALL LOOK.

NOW, ON THE PLANER QUESTIONS: I BUILT A FEED BOARD OUT OF 3/4” MDF WITH A STOP AT ONE END SOME TIME AGO IN ORDER TO SUCCESSFULLY GUIDE STOCK THROUGH THE PLANER AND REDUCE ISSUES CREATED BY THE FEED ROLLERS AS WELL AS THE INFEED-OUTFEED TABLE INCONSISTENCIES. HOWEVER, THE MAIN CONSIDERATIONS FOR SUCCESS IN USING THE PLANER ESPECIALLY WITH END-GRAIN IS TO HAVE VERY SHARP KNIVES AND TAKE SMALL SHAVINGS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO REMOVE TOO MUCH MATERIAL AT ONE TIME.

-- Farmer Bill Patriot to the U.S.A. Constitution & Bill of Rights under GOD!

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