Cutting Boards

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Project by LoydMoore posted 02-20-2015 06:37 PM 1319 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have made dozens of these cutting boards with a wooden TX inlay but I really wanted to do the TX flag style that is supper popular in Texas.

These inlays are slow set epoxy mixed with glitter from Hobby Lobby. I drilled 1/8” holes at an angle around the perimeter of each section to give extra hold. I also primed the cavities with a thin layer of epoxy, to assure good adhesion, before adding the epoxy/glitter mix.

#1 fear is that a customer or my wife will lay a damp board on a flat surface and the inlay will crack if there is cupping.

This process takes an extra 1.5 hours so I am going to have to work with my retailers on cost.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#1 posted 02-20-2015 06:51 PM

Nice – Epoxy has a lot of ‘give’ to it, not unlike gelcoat on the boat.
I think to crack it, would have to be pretty severe cupping.

Might try a test with it when you mix up a batch, just one color, and put it onto a single scrap and give it a torture test…. inlay into a 1/2 inch thick board and throw it into the sink for an hour, then put it outside in the sun and maybe cycle it a few times wet/dry.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 10:21 PM

Great Projects…. I love the State Inlays…. I would like to know more detail on how you are doing the inlay so neatly and consistent…. Thanks for sharing….

-- Rick.... Fort Worth, Texas

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 06:30 PM

That looks great! The Texas inlay is awesome.

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#4 posted 02-22-2015 01:00 AM

That is great! @DrDirt, appreciate your comment because I always thought epoxy would be very brittle – good to learn it’s actually flexible. Does that apply to all epoxies or are there different types? I recently picked up some T88 for a couple projects nearing glue-up stage. They are TV stands on wheels (stage monitors) so will experience a lot of movement. Hoping the epoxy will stand up to the stresses better than wood glue.

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#5 posted 05-25-2015 02:03 PM

Do you put the color in the epoxy?
Or, is that a piece you put under the epoxy?
There are a lot of Texans in my wife’s family!
Is your web site still up?

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#6 posted 05-25-2015 02:10 PM

These are very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 05-25-2015 04:04 PM

Do you put the color in the epoxy?
Or, is that a piece you put under the epoxy?
There are a lot of Texans in my wife s family!
Is your web site still up?

- Woodbutcher3

I use glitter from Hobby Lobby to add the color. West System Epoxy has a low viscosity so the glitter settles to the bottom.

Biggest problem is air bubbles. Wood is porous and the West System Epoxy tends to heat up as it cures, cooking the air out of the wood pores.

I am going to start a new batch tomorrow and plan to paint the bottoms of the cavities with system 3 five min Epoxy. Hopefully this will seal the wood pores in a timely manner that will allow me to make two color pours in one day. I can machine the west system in about 5 hours.

West System has a some of advantages over System 3.

The low viscosity allows faster pouring (it has excellent self leveling properties so the work piece has to be level before pouring or you can end up with a big mess).

Does not gum up cutting tools or drum sander abrasive. I run this stuff through my thickness planer without any issues.

The metered pumps they sell is simple and fast – really helps elevated the idiot syndrome that seems to hover over my workshop

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#8 posted 05-25-2015 04:08 PM

Is your web site still up?

- Woodbutcher3

The best place to see my work is on my facebook page “Loyd Moore Woodworks”. I don’t find the web page overly helpful. I find Etsy a lot cheaper and easier to manage.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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