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Project by Tim Dorcas posted 08-17-2009 02:48 AM 2301 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple more cutting boards. Normally I can decent pictures of the things I do but cutting boards remain a struggle. If nothing else you can see the patterns :) The maple in these boards comes from pallets that sometimes take the time to mill. I’m always looking for free wood!


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#1 posted 08-17-2009 02:57 AM

I really like your patterns. give us more details and pictures. Great looking boards.

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 03:00 AM

Wow Tim great design kinda a 3d effect looks super

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 04:06 AM

Very nice looking board. Good work and great way to reclaim maple.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 04:07 AM

That’s it! 3d effect…I was looking for the right way to describe it…Jim has it right!

That board leaps out at you…

GREAT job Tim

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 04:20 AM

Great patterns, they really jump out.

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#6 posted 08-17-2009 05:11 AM

Nicely done! Very neat pattern.

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#7 posted 08-17-2009 06:07 AM

Are you sanding these with 36 grit paper on a drum or belt sander ?
The design is great , but the finish is sad to put it mildly. JMHO. You need to spend more time on the finishing side of your project. Use finer grits until you have eliminated the scratches left by the previous grits . It looks like you’re starting off with too coarse of a grit in the beginning. Try 100 grit and work your way up from that and then use a random orbit sander for the final grits. : )

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#8 posted 08-17-2009 06:33 AM

I agree Len.. aka Dusty56.
I start on the 16/32 drum sander with 60 grit and change to 100 grit. Then I work my way from 60 grit on a bosch ROS up to 320… 60 . 120 . 180 . 240 . 320 and I oil burnish.
Don’t forget the edges. Lots more work . and I make a lot of these…but then I charge more
And if they are for gifts go the extra mile for them.

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#9 posted 08-17-2009 02:50 PM

The 3D effect on the first board is cool!

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#10 posted 08-17-2009 04:30 PM

That’s a fair comment about the sanding. I do have a Performax Drum Sander but I need to pay a bit more attention when I glue up.

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#11 posted 08-17-2009 08:36 PM

Agree with everyone the 3d effect is really cool

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#12 posted 08-18-2009 07:28 AM

I hope that you weren’t offended , but it really is the final sanding that you do that brings out the best in the woodgrain . Here’s an example for you , and I only went to 220 grit on this one with my PC ROS…
Now imagine how your beautiful design would have looked with a little extra time put into it : )

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#13 posted 08-19-2009 02:49 AM

Hey Dusty,

It’s all good! I genuinely appreciate the feedback and as I mentioned the feedback was true. The reality is you don’t see the sanding marks in person the way they show up in the photo so I’m okay with it. Trust me when I tell you that I spent a lot of time sending the boards through the drum sander so it’s not lack of effort on my part. I WILL endeavor to do better on the next set!

Thanks buddy :)


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#14 posted 08-19-2009 03:31 AM

Man that’s a beauty!! One of the best. Super fantastic design and wood combo…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#15 posted 08-19-2009 05:28 AM

Cool design; nice job.

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