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Archeologist, Essayist, Father, Son, Friend, and all around good guy. And oh yeah, a cook too.

For over a decade our best friends have had us over for Christmas Eve to share with their family. This year my friend asked if I could make him a board for his son large enough to cut a turkey. Could I?

But first some back story. Last year I made twenty-one boards for friends and family. On some of these I cut grooves and other shapes to hold the juice. It seems I never cut them large enough to hold all the juice so this time around I wanted to really experiment. This board is about 18” x 22”x 1 1/8”. The juice groove was cut with a 1” diameter round router bit. I used an edge guide with two contact points and the operation fought me all the way. I ended up doing a bunch of planing, shaping, carving, and the hated sanding. In the end it came out okay and I learned some good lessons. Penance I call it. I’ve already begun making a template for future boards but that is prologue. The board is made out of purple and yellow heart and has four 1 1/2” x 1/4” rubber feet. It is finished with a few coats of GF’s Salad Bowl Finish blended according to TWW’s cutting board video. And now for the rest of the story.

Turns out my friend’s son has recorded a number of essays for Public Radio. His latest one, published just last week, can be heard on KQED, San Francisco or by clicking this link. His topics cover a wide range; the latest titled The Act of Cooking. As the byline of the essay says, “Mike Newland was a cook before he became an archeologist but he’s always believed that preparing a meal for others is about so much more than the food”. I didn’t know he was a cook although it is no real surprise considering his parent’s are both very talented around the kitchen and BBQ. I did know he was and is a good guy which is also no surprise knowing his parents as I do. And now he’ll have another good tool to use in the kitchen.

Enjoy.

P.S. all this talk of BBQ reminds me of a funny quote.

“If God had not intended for us to eat animals, how come He made them out of meat?”
The Honorable Sarah Palin

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com





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ChunkyC

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#1 posted 1669 days ago

Very nice!

I think they make a router bit to do what you trying to do there. Something like a “bowl” gouge. Not really certain of the name but it’s a bowl something.lol I just saw it the other day too. Wish I remembered where, sorry.

But a nice board it is!

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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a1Jim

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#2 posted 1669 days ago

wonderful board

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ChunkyC

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#3 posted 1669 days ago

Freud Dish Carving Router Bit This is what I was talking about, not the one that I remember but it does the same thing.

cc

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures: http://spadfest.rcspads.com/thumbnails.php?album=135

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newTim

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#4 posted 1669 days ago

Thanks. I used this bit. The bit worked fine. It was hard to keep the two points of the edge guide against the edge of the board. Next time I’ll use a template and guide bushing. Unless anyone has another idea?

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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Rj

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#5 posted 1669 days ago

Great cutting board Tim ! Now thats what I call a juice trough… he should have no problem carving the juiciest of meats….

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

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dustbunny

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#6 posted 1668 days ago

These are beautiful !!
Love the juice groove, template and guide is the way to go.

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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woodworm

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#7 posted 1668 days ago

Beautiful!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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WoodSparky

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#8 posted 1668 days ago

Eagle America has some some sign router bits with bushing.

-- So Many tools, So little time

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sras

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#9 posted 1668 days ago

Looks great! You’re right what good is a juice groove if it can’t hold the juice! I went through the same learning curve and have arrived at the same conclusion. The next juice grooves will be made with a template!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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stefang

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#10 posted 1668 days ago

Beautiful board Tim. I really like the purple heart and the contrast with the lighter wood.

I haven’t made any cutting boards yet, but I bought one a few years ago for turkey dinners. It was just flat so I routed a groove around it and then I also routed pockets in the corners the same depth as the groove. The pockets hold a lot of juice so I didn’t have to rout the groove around the perimeter very wide or deep. I’m not saying you should do this, as your board is just fine the way it is, but just mentioning it in case you haven’t thought of it and might want to try it on a future board.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Digbum

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#11 posted 1668 days ago

The board is beautiful Tim, I can’t wait to carve up some prime rib on this bad boy. You can bet this thing is gonna get used to feed armies of students, tribal elders, and volunteers. And little Caitie Belle to boot. Heck, I might even let my dad use it! You do man!

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Andy

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#12 posted 1668 days ago

This is a great looking board. That groove is substantial and should do the job nicely.
Well done, thanks for sharing.

-- If I can do it, so can you. www.artboxesbyandy.com

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newTim

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#13 posted 1668 days ago

Thanks folks. Digbum… welcome to Lumberjocks. No, however, don’t let your dad use it. He’s got plenty of cutting boards.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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BlankMan

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#14 posted 1667 days ago

Very nice, I like the coloring the purpleheart adds.

-- -Curt, Milwaukee, WI

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Digbum

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#15 posted 1556 days ago

Thought I would chime in here again on the travels of the Cutting Board of the Gods: Took it up to Ukiah last week where the brother of one of my friends from the Kashaya Pomo tribe was having a bone-marrow drive for his 3-y.o. son who has leukemia. BBQ’d two massive tri-tips and grilled onions in the veggie basket, wrapped it all up and hauled it up there with the cutting board. Got there and their spaghetti dinner was about wrapped up but they were nearly out of food and the family hadn’t eaten yet. Tri-tip went to feed three generations of family gathered together to try to save their boy, and that massive trough made sure everyone got the good juices off that meat. I even got a hug outta grandma on that one. Thanks again for your skill and artisan chops, Tim, more postings on this board to come I’m sure.

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