44 cutting boards

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Project by BurrOak posted 12-07-2014 04:08 AM 2009 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I received an order for 44 cutting boards to be completed in 7 days. Having a full time job carpentry, my greed said lets go for it. I used 8 different woods which gave a nice contrast especially using the red padauk which made the sale. Woods used Red Oak, White Oak, Black Walnut, Black Cherry, Hickory, Red Elm, PurpleHeart, and Padauk. The 12 inch by 12 inch by 5/4 boards were finished with 3 coats of Boos Mystery Oil. This project toke a weekend and late nights to get it done. The home sawed lumber produced 130 gallons of dust in my collector. What did I learn for this. Art items don’t come with a time schedule. Don’t offer volume discounts on art. I turned a hobby into a job. After a three day break I’m thinking of doing more cutting boards but in an artistic manner.
To answer some questions.
Ripped all boards 1 1/4 inch for better clamping control and 42 inch long to allow for the planer snipe. Did a light last planer pass and used an inline belt sander 100 grit, followed up with a orbital sander with 150 grit sand paper.

-- Talent on loan from God,

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 04:42 AM

I just finished making some cutting boards as gifts to a few of our kids, but you sure topped the few I made. More like a production project. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 01:34 PM

Wow. That is a big production run.
I can only imagine the amount of sanding that you did.

Good job,
Take a break.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 02:20 PM

That’s a lot. They look nice.

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

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 02:38 PM

now that is a lot of cutting boards!!!you did a great job in a short time!

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 04:28 PM

Any chance I can order 45 cutting boards….
Oh, I need them in 5 days!!!

Good looking boards & you made the deadline….
I’d say JOB well done!!!

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

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#6 posted 12-08-2014 01:51 AM

How many clamps did it take to do this “job”? How many board feet of lumber?

-- Bruce, Arnold MD

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#7 posted 12-11-2014 03:35 PM

Great looking boards.
On a side note, I’ve only recently started using my planer. I noticed your note about “snipe” and looked it up… a real AHA! moment. Love learning new things.

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