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Oak chopping block

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Project by WoodshopNerd posted 02-13-2015 10:34 PM 1238 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chopping block I made a few days ago using some 6” wide x 9’ long x 1” thick oak planks from my in-laws land up in Michigan. The boards had been stacked outside for a couple years and they were a little dirty and weathered to begin with, so I started by planing the boards, then I ripped them on my table saw in 2” widths. I then glued those smaller boards together face to face, basically creating one long plank with edge grain facing up. Then I cut 2.5” wide strips perpendicular to the grain on my table saw. Then I lined them up with the end grain facing up and glued the strips together. Finally I ran the whole block through my thickness sander as well as quite a bit of random orbital sanding. The finish was 2 coats from a can of butcher block oil. I also inlayed a piece of walnut in the shape of Michigan as an homage to where the wood came from.

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com





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#1 posted 02-14-2015 05:05 PM

Nice.

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#2 posted 02-14-2015 11:14 PM

Excellent work, the walnut inlay really caught my attention.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#3 posted 02-15-2015 02:31 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate it.

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com

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#4 posted 02-17-2015 10:01 PM

Yeah, that’s pretty sweet, like the inlay

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 12:01 AM

Let me add that your guitars are stunning, very nice work there.

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 03:39 AM

Thanks Kennymac.

You look like a fellow luthier, do you build electrics?

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com

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#7 posted 02-18-2015 10:35 PM

Ummm, luthier….that’s a huge stretch to call me a luthier. I built a PRS style copy, just hand drew the body then cut it out of a maple and mahogany blank that I glued up. Carved the top, all looked good. Cut the neck, glued a fretboard, inlaid blocks…then it all went south. Like much of my half assed woodworking adventures I wasn’t too clear on how to join the neck and body, and it’s not quite a square as I would have hoped.

Long story short, it’s just about all finished but sitting in my basement. I’m taking a few woodworking classes at the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop and am retiring from my dayjob this year. I’ll tackle the guitar building again next year. I did like the solid body, but would love to learn how to do what you do.

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#8 posted 02-19-2015 12:02 AM

That sounds like a fun challenge. You should definitely post it on LJ’s when you get it finished!

-- Michael, http://www.bozemanguitars.com

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