My First Woodworking Project

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-This is it…not too difficult for my first adventure in woodworking. I bought some rock maple at a local mill (4/4 5ft sections) ripped em down, glued em together, and planed the piece to come up with this piece! Its about 15.5 by 19. I have one last coat of mineral oil before my mother gets it for christmas! Any suggestions that you guys can tell me to make this better or more artistic?

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#1 posted 12-22-2009 04:30 AM

Great first project keep em coming.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 12-22-2009 04:54 AM

Looks very nice

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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Tony Ennis

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#3 posted 12-22-2009 05:07 AM

Well done!

Cutting boards are all over LJ. Do a search. You’ll see a lot of maple and walnut boards. Be mindful of the glue and finish you use – make sure both are food-safe.

-- Tony

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#4 posted 12-22-2009 05:15 AM

Thanks Jim…Im hoping to take a few classes and try getting into more involved projects. It seems very fun, and extremely rewarding. Hope all goes well. I checked out your website, wish i wasnt 5000 miles away because i would love to take some classes at your place.

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 12-22-2009 05:44 AM

Looks great, keep up the good work. Its addictive.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 12-22-2009 05:55 AM

Check out this Master Jedi young padawan, and you to may may learn the ways of the force.

My tip: In any cutting board Grain Orientation is key to make things ascetically happy.

(I mean the way you lay out the flow or pattern of the grain)

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#7 posted 12-22-2009 06:18 AM

Very nice job. I’m sure that you mother will be very happy with it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 12-22-2009 01:17 PM

Very nice work.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 12-22-2009 01:19 PM

That’s a great looking first project, be safe and keep them coming. Welcome to LJ’s.
Doug in AZ.

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Rick Dennington

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#10 posted 12-22-2009 04:39 PM


Well done on the board, Brian. It’s always fun to make something you can say you did yourself. I know your Mom will be pleased, and put it to use. As Pwood said, just pay attention to the orientation of the boards, and you’ll be fine. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Keep on keeping on…......... Rick.

-- My grandpa used to say: "Y'all come back when you can....come after dinner, and leave before supper.."

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#11 posted 12-22-2009 06:20 PM

This is very good. I hope you continue making different projects. As for ideas, look at different boards and keep an open mind on them all. The thing is that whatever you make will be a one of a kind. Good luke in your future projects.

-- Eric Florida

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#12 posted 12-22-2009 08:47 PM

Brian, run, no just run this is too addictive of a hobby. LOL kidding nice board. As for suggestion, I look at what others do on this site then copy them(or add my 2cents to make a little different). I am in awe of the great woodworkers or wood engineers we have here. Keep the project coming.

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#13 posted 12-23-2009 01:03 AM

Welcome to LJ’s and to woodworking. Good job on the board and like the others said, keep em coming. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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