My 1st and 2nd cutting boards (and probably last)

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Project by Jim Sellers posted 11-08-2014 05:37 PM 2513 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Both end grain boards. The first one (on the right) is made mostly from scraps of walnut and maple. 11×17 x 1 1/8. I had no clear vision what I would end up with and hoped I could form some kind of symmetrical pattern but alas had to give up on that plan and settle for the mosaic. (Over 800 pieces.)

The second one is maple and jatoba. 14×16 x 1 1/2. Very heavy, hard and solid. I underestimated the amount of work that it would take to sand them down smooth. I doubt that I’ll make any others unless I acquire a drum sander. Started with 50 grit in the belt sander then went to 80. That finally took them down as flat and smooth as I could expect them to be. I went over them with a random orbital with 120 grit but couldn’t see that it was having any effect. They seemed to be smooth enough with the 80 grit.

Haven’t oiled them down yet and still need to put some rubber feet on em.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#1 posted 11-08-2014 05:57 PM

They look nice! And how ‘bout post a pic AFTER you get them oiled. The “before and After” can be quite a striking difference! You can see it in this pic of a table I built several years ago. And this was after only one coat

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#2 posted 11-08-2014 07:16 PM

I make alot of end grain boards and i couldnt and wouldnt do it anymore without my drum sander its just not woth the time and amount of paper it takes. Very nice though.

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#3 posted 11-08-2014 07:59 PM

I too wood [pun intended] knot [pun again] even consider doing an end grain board without my trusty drum sander…
Good job all the same…just more work than was neccesary I think….

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 11-08-2014 08:51 PM

Nice boards, Jim. I have yet to try one!!.................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 11-08-2014 11:15 PM

If you plan on making anything flat ie. boards, trays, lazy Susan’s, etc. a drum sander is critical. Its a royal PITA to sand something entirely with just a ROS. Very nice designs by the way.

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

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#6 posted 11-08-2014 11:20 PM

Very nice work Jim. I feel your pain. Until I built my V-Drum sander, I considered calling it quits. Your process is almost identical to mine. Hang in there. It is a lot of work, but you can find ways to make it easier for you. I just
Ordered my Christmas present today. A Veritas Bevel-Up Smother Plane, with the PM-V11 blade. Also added the A2 Toothed blade. I will try that on the end grain. Got to cut down on the sanding time!
Thanks for posting!

Ellery Becnel

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#7 posted 11-09-2014 01:17 PM

I haven’t made any cutting boards of any sort, but, I’ll surely keep your thoughts in mind. They look very good.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#8 posted 11-09-2014 03:00 PM

Nice boards and I agree they are a lot of work but worth it .
Hope you add some pics when they are oiled .


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#9 posted 11-09-2014 05:04 PM

very well done. look on craigslist for a drum sander. I found mine there

-- Joe, Ga

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#10 posted 11-10-2014 04:39 PM

very nice. how did you come up with the patter for the one on the left?

-- Remember, Jesus was a carpenter.

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#11 posted 11-10-2014 10:32 PM

Great design, interesting and beautiful wood work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#12 posted 11-12-2014 05:40 PM

These look great. I put my first end grain board through my planer after I spent several hours with my random orbit with 50 grit and no obvious progress. I was scared at first but it held up nicely and came out fine. Just realllllly light passes. Not sure I would do it again. My planer was brand new so the new blades probably helped out there.

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