Cutting Boards..... via patron

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Project by prospector45 posted 09-03-2015 01:12 PM 4558 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A project or blog. Since the items are finished, I will post as project. A blog by ‘patron’, 2009 was recently read. patron challenged each LJ to take a mid-term exam, open-book, of course.

I like many others rely on the general ideas of others for creativity. It’s how the work is incorporated into the final product is what determines the ‘original’ design. My work has been accepted at juried art shows for several years. The overall design was being judged, but the inspiration for the feature design has to credited to other woodworkers, wood turners and many LJ’s.

The creative process of so many is just wonderful to view; patron, britboxmaker, JL7, spalm, degoose and many others. The discovery process for me was; Can I do this?, How will I incorporate into a finished design.

patron inspired board was scary. Drilling all of those holes, filing with plugs and then cutting, regluing, and cutting again. But what fun along the way. The finished item made me very happy. I learned from this project my old Craftsman drill press is just not up to the tasks of today.

Pic 2. Another patron inspired design. This was also lots of fun, scary, but fun. The open book test showed me how much wood is actually chewed up making three or four kerf cuts.

Pic 3. Mondrain There is no ‘right’ design for this style, just what one creates. The learning lesson is how to master the glue up process. What order does one cut and glue and then glue segments together for final appearance. This design taught me about ‘starving the glue joint’ by applying too much clamping pressure.

Pic 4. End grain and Long grain. This is a neat pattern, mixing end grain and long grain. degoose has done this successfully. This board actually split big time in the end grain portion. The board was given to a instructor to teach students about the difficulty of wood expansion.

Pic 5. Diamonds by britboxmaker. This design was used to make absolutely gorgeous boxes. I requested permission to use design in a cutting board. Thought the design would not be difficult, however there is a lot to determining the glue up of the ‘diamonds’. The open book helped of course.

Inspired by many on this site, requires us to learn new skills, advance our patience and find new swear words. Thanks to all.

11 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-03-2015 01:47 PM

Realy incredible collection! I couldn’t tell which one is better. Nice patterns and colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-03-2015 03:02 PM

I’ve been told by many that grain direction is important and that expansion would cause patterns to separate over time
Also told that tearout during plaining would occur?
I like your designs and think they are great
what is your comeback to these comments about grain direction???
Thanks for your comments

-- Bruce. a mind is like a book it is only useful when open.

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#3 posted 09-03-2015 03:19 PM

Wow! You certainly accepted the challenge and prevailed…BIG TIME!
I too have been an admirer of the beautiful, creative work of all those LJ’s you mentioned. I think you can add your name to that list!
Thanks for posting this work.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#4 posted 09-03-2015 03:22 PM

Well – I have a favorite – #5 is really nice! Although, they are all well done.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-03-2015 03:43 PM

Very nice. Very nice indeed.
What a wonderful collection of boards.

Well done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 09-03-2015 04:06 PM

WOW a beautiful and wide variety of cutting boards!
Very nice to say the least.

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

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#7 posted 09-03-2015 06:13 PM

Bert – that is really some amazing work, wow! The diamond board is extra cool, but they are all nice. And that is really a ton of inventory you have there…...makes me want to build a few more! Thanks for sharing….....

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 09-03-2015 10:55 PM

And amazing display of incredibly fine workmanship!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#9 posted 09-04-2015 10:09 AM

WOW! now those are boards! great colors and designs.. my favorite is #5..and 2, and heck they are all great.

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#10 posted 09-04-2015 05:22 PM

Thanks to all for the kind words. Creativity begins with an idea, lots of the ideas begin here on LJ. A talented group of like minded woodworkers. The inventory is due to the scheduling of art shows I attend. The first is Labor Day, then early Nov and finally first week of Dec. Had to build all summer. There are approx another 95 boards in various stages of assembly. The time between shows will be used to build more and finish current boards.

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#11 posted 09-09-2015 11:01 AM

I am flabbergasted… what a wonderful array of fine boards… You have inspired me to get back to my roots once again…
thank you…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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