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Project by oldstarter posted 07-05-2015 04:23 PM 1507 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I’ve heard all the comments about not making cheese boards etc. or you’ll not be able to stop. So I thought I’d just make one, to see what all the fuss is about. Lol. Five boards later! I haven’t put the first board I’d made here as I wasn’t that keen on it, it was too symmetrical for my taste, plus I put the grain the wrong way in the main part of the board and saw a comment on here that this would fail in time, I also put some squares end grain up, which when I treated them with mineral oil darkened down the squares so that all three that I put in, ended up not looking a lot different from each other. That was probably due to me not sanding down enough. Apart from all that it was perfect lol.
So I thought I’d just make one more. I’d seen some of the Jocks had put scrolls on their boards so I though I’d have a go at that, then saw that you had to use a router and pattern pieces, or is that formers? I didn’t fancy my luck at that and had seen that one lad had just used his band saw, way to go for me. I free handed a pencil line and just let the saw follow that as near as possible, added the rather thick veneer and glued it all up. It looked O.K. but seemed to lack something so added some ‘spots’, which I was pleased with. So then I thought If I free hand a pencil line and put some spots along the line it would just suggest a scroll without having to cut my board in half. So drew my pencil line and put some spots on it and by half closing my eyes I could make the pencil line disappear and moved the spots about until I could see that even with the lined erased it would still look like a scroll.
The last picture is of a board that was nearly a disaster as I had had trouble sanding the boards down with a belt sander I decided to make a router flattening jig which was great, but unfortunately the wedges I’d used to hold the board slipped. Result a router cut much deeper than the others, nearly ended up in the bin, but had another go at the board for practice. Much better result but the board was now down to 3/4” whereas all the others where 1” and there where some marks on it that I couldn’t get out without the board becoming too thin. Added more spots to cover the flaws! Not over keen on that board but at least it was saved.
Thanks for looking.
Oh the woods I used where some that my brother has just given me. Really love that Padauk. Oh and also the board with the interlocking pieces, can anyone tell me what the center wood is? It has a really nice pattern on it, might be Mahogany or more likely Sapele. I’ve looked on the wood identifying site, but I end more confused than I started.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)





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Josh

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#1 posted 07-05-2015 04:58 PM

I especially like the interlocking ogees.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#2 posted 07-05-2015 08:23 PM

Thanks Josh, I think my wife’s got her eye on that one.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#3 posted 07-05-2015 08:47 PM

Boards by the way are 12” x 8”, wood used was Padauk, Purpleheart, Bubinga, Oak, Ash, Cherry, Maple, Ebony, Yew and one that just had Afro written on it. Finished in Mineral oil and Beeswax.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#4 posted 07-06-2015 12:33 AM

Lovely work, simply lovely! It’s important to satisfy your artist’s eye, and you’re obviously doing that.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#5 posted 07-06-2015 04:16 AM

Very unique pieces : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 07-06-2015 05:44 AM

Thank you Henry and Dusty I really appreciate your comments.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#7 posted 07-06-2015 11:42 AM

Very nicely done!! Making cutting boards is like the Lays potato chip ad: ” I’ll bet you can’t just make one”.

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#8 posted 07-06-2015 12:02 PM

Thanks prospector45! You’re right there, I couldn’t. Just seen your boards brilliant, just having lunch so I’ll have another look after.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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#9 posted 07-06-2015 04:29 PM

I like all the different ideas you put into these boards. Very playful!

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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#10 posted 07-06-2015 04:55 PM

Thanks Fellednhewn, it was fun making them.

-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)

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