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My first attempt at a chaotic cutting board

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Project by RRBOU posted 11-10-2014 05:10 PM 1734 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After MTM woods posted this cutting board design I wanted to make one. This one measures 13 1/2” x 24” and 1 3/4” thick.

These boards are wood and glue eaters. And they give the drum sander a good work out also.

I used maple from 2 different boards one whiter than the other but it was all the maple I had, Walnut and cherry round it out.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy





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firefighterontheside

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#1 posted 11-10-2014 05:49 PM

That is chaotic, but neat. Good job.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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jim65

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#2 posted 11-10-2014 06:22 PM

great looking board, don’t know if I would want to go through the glue up but I would love to have the board!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 11-10-2014 06:41 PM

I just posted a couple of those, I thought they were super rewarding to make.

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Hawaiilad

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#4 posted 11-10-2014 07:06 PM

Would really like to see the glue up on that one… How in the world do you hold it together while the glue drys?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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RRBOU

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 07:31 PM


Would really like to see the glue up on that one… How in the world do you hold it together while the glue drys?

- Hawaiilad

If you want to make one of these boards you really need to watch the video from MTM woods. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G3uYaPgesp0

He makes 3 separate cuts for glue ups after making it into an end grain board. I cut mine 4 times as I did not like the larger sections. I made the long grain glue ups in 1 day then made end grain glue ups in another day. I was able to make 2 cuts and glue ups per day for the 3° cuts as I did not want to rush it. I also did not cut every time the same thickness as I wanted to make it really chaotic.

I have another in the process with more walnut in it and I think instead of cutting it at 3° I will experiment with something in the 5° to 8° and see if I make something really nice or firewood. If it becomes firewood it will just be about 12 board feet going up in smoke.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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Hawaiilad

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#6 posted 11-10-2014 08:10 PM

Thanks for the link…that is some process to making one of those boards. Here I thought I put allot into some of my projects. He sure did have some really nice tools…wonder what type of table saw that was. I was surprised to see him running the end grain through the planer.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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RRBOU

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#7 posted 11-10-2014 08:16 PM


I was surprised to see him running the end grain through the planer.

- Hawaiilad

Before I got the drum sander I ran hundreds of cutting boards through the planer and never had a problem. I am sure that I was just playing russian roulette though. I did take very fine cuts though. Now I use the drum sander and if I slip on a glue up and need to take a lot off I use a router sled instead of the planer, then through the drum sander to clean it up.

-- If guns cause crime all of mine are defective Randy

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BoardSMITH

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#8 posted 11-11-2014 12:05 AM

Running end grain through a planer isn’t the best use of a good machine and can be dangerous to the operator and highly damaging to the machine. In short, my opinion is that is borders on the obscene. Kind of like trying to cut on a table saw with the blade installed backward and wondering why it is smoking. (Just because the Russian is doing it doesn’t mean we should.)

As for the chaotic boards, I cut mine at a different angle and glue it differently than the Russian. We cut three times after the initial crosscut and can do two glue-ups per day giving the last one overnight to fully cure. My pieces seem to be more random than the others pictured here with a greater variation in sizes throughout the board.

-- David www.TheBoardSMITH.com

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#9 posted 11-11-2014 04:23 AM

Wow, that board is way over my head. I don’t know how you did it. It looks like a very exacting job.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#10 posted 11-11-2014 05:12 AM

WOW!

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#11 posted 11-12-2014 03:40 PM

I’m in process of making my own!! I’m using walnut and hard maple for maximum contrast, but I really like how yours turned out. I wish I had a drum sander… I’ve been getting real friendly with my RO sander. It definitely makes you appreciate any extra time spent on the glue up.

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