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Set of 3 cutting boards - and playing with a light box

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Project by sras posted 06-14-2015 04:11 PM 1598 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This started with a request for a single board (the smallest one in the set). My DIL had seen this design, but flat grain. I preferred the end grain approach for less risk of expansion issues.

My wife pointed out that as long as I was making one, I might as well make a few more. That way, I got more use out of my set up time and I got to use some more of my offcut pieces.

I might not even have posted this project, but it was my first chance to use a light box my son had made for a college class. On top of that, my wife had gotten a new DSLR camera and we had just installed Photoshop.

So this is just as much a display of my new photo tools as the woodworking.

The boards are about 1.5 inches thick and made from maple, walnut, cherry, some Brazilian cherry (from flooring scraps) in the smallest one and a little bit of oak in the largest one.

Each board has a pair of finger grooves on the side. The largest on has a juice groove border on one face.

The finish is mineral oil and a beeswax/oil board finish.

AND – my photos have improved significantly (when I invest the time ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive





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stefang

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 05:20 PM

Great look boards laid up in an original way Steve. Wonderful work on these and the phototography was also class A.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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oldnovice

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 06:32 PM

Nice job Steve. I like the bordered approach on these as it makes them really “pop”.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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sras

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#3 posted 06-14-2015 07:06 PM

Thanks guys – the pattern was part of the original request. Looked good enough to make three!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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degoose

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#4 posted 06-14-2015 08:26 PM

Good combinations… and nice all round feel to them…Border does them justice… and the photos are getting better…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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sras

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#5 posted 06-14-2015 08:34 PM

Thanks Larry! I appreciate the feedback.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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lew

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#6 posted 06-14-2015 09:13 PM

Really like the design, especially the thickness. Beefy yet not gigantic.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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SteveMI

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#7 posted 06-14-2015 09:28 PM

That camera thing is a skill set. Good thing you had nice boards to show it off.
Steve.

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JL7

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#8 posted 06-14-2015 09:29 PM

Steve – the boards and the photos are beautiful! The use of flooring scraps is something I can relate to also. First class as always…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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sras

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#9 posted 06-14-2015 10:07 PM

Thanks guys!

Lew – Each time I make end grain boards, I try to increase the thickness. I started out just over an inch and that seemed to lightweight. Now at 1.5 inches, I’m getting to where I like it.

Steve – My son has way better skills than I do, but I am learning.

Jeff – Good to hear from you! Thanks for the kudos.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Joe Weaver

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#10 posted 06-15-2015 03:52 PM

very nice

-- Joe, Ga

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#11 posted 06-15-2015 11:50 PM

nice work. Your wife has good ideas- just like mine. I really like the lower left square in photo # 4.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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sras

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#12 posted 06-16-2015 03:28 AM

Thanks!

Robert – I have to agree, the grain is really playing well there.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 06-20-2015 04:04 PM

Gr8 looking boards Steve. You have been pumpin out some projects.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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