Mesquite Skitching Boards (No Injuries)

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Project by dozer326 posted 1703 days ago 1957 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I made some skitching boards to haul up to Chicago for the holidays. The weather cooperated, the family members did not. My sister had this crazy idea of using it as a center piece/cutting board. The nerve….
I really thought it would be fun to ride these down the Eisenhower Expressway behind an 18-wheeler but my enthusiasm wasn’t shared by the others.

Anyway, these are some of the 16 boards I made from mesquite and maple. The picture with my shoe is made of mesquite and pecan that a very nice couple let me mill from their orchard. So in return, they get a cutting, um, I mean skitching board. There’s also an end grain cutting board in there. Can you guess which one?

Now my family doesn’t think I’m so crazy for getting the crazy idea of building a sawmill.
One of these days I swear I will find the time to build some actual furniture.

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#1 posted 1703 days ago

awesome. I like the part about being pulled down the street. The boards would hold up, not so sure about the rider.

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#2 posted 1703 days ago

Wow tons of boards good job .

Skitching board ?

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 1703 days ago

A great looking Passel of skitching boards. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many in one place before.

I used to do skitching as a child in Canada. The railroad track was one block to the left and the streat dead-ended one block on the right. So we would skitch a ride at the corner and ride to the tracks. We’d catch a ride at the stacks and go to the corner.

A great way to spend the night on those chrisp winter nights.

But we just used our boots.

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

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#4 posted 1703 days ago

Great looking cutting boards….......what’s a skitching board?

-- John @

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 1703 days ago

nicely done, looks superb. I have the same question, Whats’s a skitching board?

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#6 posted 1703 days ago

Very nice boards (and a lot of them too). I would just use them for cutting. I’m way to old for skitching. Besides, I don’t really even know what it is. Sounds like it might be being pulled behind a moving vehicle on the snow while standing on the board.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 1703 days ago

Nice boards.
We used to skitch behind the school buses when they came thru our neighborhood as kids.
I hadn’t thought about that in a long time. We never had a board—just boots.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#8 posted 1703 days ago

Skitching, (not sure how you spell it) is holding onto the back of a vehicle and sliding behind it in the snow, lots of fun, I grew up in Chicago suburbs and we did it allot as kids, didn’t have boards though.

Nice boards, how does the mesquite hold up, is it a tight closed grain? never tried it.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#9 posted 1702 days ago

Yep, that’s exactly what skitching is. Good stuff. We never used boards either. It was great until you hit a dry spot of pavement. The mesquite is awesome for cutting boards. Extremely hard and tight grained. I was amazed at how well mesquite and maple compliment each other. I highly recommend working with some mesquite if you have the opportunity. I grew up in Naperville, IL. ZLANTANV probably not too far from you

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689 posts in 1867 days

#10 posted 1702 days ago

I grew up in Broadview, my kids have never seen real snow, took them skiing once and they had more fun in the snow than on the skies.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 1678 days ago

Holy smokes your a Skitching board machine!! I guess you can never have enough Skitching boards though. Keep your knees and elbows tucked in and go for the ride of your life…...

Great job!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 778 days ago

How does the Mesquite wood do compaired to the Maple? are they a good match togeather? Mesquite is 2340 and maple 1450. the Mesquite is twice as hard. I’m thinking about trying the same two togeather myself.

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 561 days ago

Beautiful boards, Gene. I wish I could have met with you yesterday as well as Paul!!.......Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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