"Drunken" cutting board

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Project by rockmolsen posted 02-02-2015 09:57 PM 2562 views 10 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My office closed today because of all the snow here in the Hudson Valley so I was able to finish this with the extra time off!

This was a little challenging but a fun project. Let me say thanks to “poroskywood” for the inspiration and instruction. This started with re-sawing some 4/4 walnut and maple I had, then gluing them up into the panels- a total of 4. This was a bit of a challenging glue up with the curves and the thin purpleheart strips. Getting the 4 pipe clamps set as close as possible with everything glued and ready, than slowly crank each clamp seemed to work well along with having a small rubber mallet to help line things up. Closeup reveals things are a bit off. On the first glue up I did just a couple sections, let them dry and then the remainder. I will make my curves a bit more subtle on the next boards. One thing I learned is to be patient so I let all the glue ups set overnight. Sanded to 220, rounded over all edges with a 1/8” round-over bit and finished with several coats of a mineral oil/beeswax mix.. Dimensions are 17 1/2” x 10 3/4” x 3/4”.

This was a bit easier then some of the end grain boards I’ve done because there is way less sanding.Now that I’ve got one under my belt I’m looking forward to finishing the other 3. I will use cherry strips on 2 of them and try the “Alice in wonderland” method.

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#1 posted 02-02-2015 10:03 PM

That is SWEET! Very nice job!

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 12:26 AM

“drunken” but nice one.

-- Personality and character of a man is like wood,must polish it to shine...

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 02:46 PM

Nice boards, I like the purple heart inserts, lotta work but worth it

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 05:28 PM

Very cool

-- Ian,

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#5 posted 02-04-2015 07:07 AM

All your boards inspire me.. amazing work

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#6 posted 02-06-2015 04:02 AM

Looks good, I’ve wanted to make one since reading the instructions on them. One question, what kind of blade did you use on your bandsaw? Most blades I’ve used wouldn’t leave a clean enough cut for a good glue up, at least I wouldn’t think but haven’t tried so don’t know for sure.

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#7 posted 02-07-2015 12:15 AM

I used a Bosch 1/8” 15 TPI blade, same blade I use for doing bandsaw boxes. My cuts were not perfectly smooth either but I carefully and lightly ( left the pieces taped together), sanded on my ridgid oscillating spindle sander. there were a few small gaps but I rub some Titebond III in the gap and before it dries use a ROS and that does a pretty good job of filling & hiding any small voids. Band saw tuning and setup rates pretty low on my favorite things to do list – just never seem to get it just right ?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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