More Legless Vegetable Death Tables

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Project by McLeanVA posted 03-04-2010 04:27 PM 4360 views 13 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few more Legless Vegetable Death Tables (Cutting Boards). I started making these for friends and coworkers after their interest’s peaked following my Christmas batch.

The first photo is of a pair of Maple, Walnut, Bloodwood twins finished with the 50% Salad Bowl Finish and 50% Mineral Spirits (x3 coats).

The second photo is a close-up of the grain patterns. This was my first time working with Bloodwood and I was really pleased with how well it machined and finished.

The third photo was of a pre-finish Maple, Cherry, Walnut board. I cut this board thick as an experiment. I was really happy with the result. It is a very hefty board and the chunky feel added to the beauty.

After I crank out some oak bookshelves for the wife (Project Manager/Accountant) I’m planning on creating another zig-zag board. If I can stay patient enough to take photos along the way, I’ll post a blog on the how-to of this cool pattern. I’ve had a few folks ask how they are done.

Thanks for looking.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 03-04-2010 04:36 PM

Nice boards and a even better title, funny…BC

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#2 posted 03-04-2010 04:37 PM

For some reason the first boards are my fav! I love this design and have been meaning to make this. Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 05:03 PM

Very nice.
Good job on the walnut grain patterns. Was it luck or a good eye? Or a combo of both?

I like ‘em,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 05:40 PM

Hey Chris, nice work. A zig zag blog would be cool. You are the man, balancing job/family/craft. Are you beating these vegetables to death with the boards? Or do you mean people? Like a family member. I don’t get it. LOL (I really do get it) for those of you who may think I really don’t. I’ll be PM’ing on Web site design, we can’t let Larry have all the fun ;)

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

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 05:49 PM

Scott – The title was something I came up with in order to give the ordinary cutting boards some flare. They are miniature table tops, without legs, and they bring certain death to vegetables. I guess another name could be End Grain Vegetable Sacrificial Altars. Ah well, they’re cutting boards no matter how you spin ‘em. I’ll do my best to slow down and take photos of the zig-zag board creation.

Steve – The grain pattern that happened to appear on the walnut itself was total luck. I didn’t select the original board based on this. However making sure that I paid close attention before glue-up was key. It’s easy to miss one or two blocks and flip them by accident.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 06:05 PM

Nice job…

-- Rick

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 06:12 PM

It takes something to make a cutting board that stands out relative to the many cutting boards on this site. Yours does. This is an exceptionally good looking cutting board.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 06:39 PM

Rich – Thank you so much. Very kind words. When I have the admiration and prestige that Lazy Larry carries on LJs, I’ll know I have made it to the top. I appreciate your comments. Makes it all worth stressing over the details.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#9 posted 03-04-2010 06:43 PM

I like the patterns you did on those. The bloodwood really stands out nice.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#10 posted 03-04-2010 09:13 PM

Nice use of grain

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 03-04-2010 09:45 PM

Beautiful death boards. LOL

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 03-04-2010 10:01 PM

You crack me up.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#13 posted 03-04-2010 11:25 PM

Those are really nice LVDTs : ) I hear that the Bloodwood holds it color for quite sometime better than any of the other “reddish” woods.
I have a sweet board of it , but don’t really want to slice it up to make any LVDTs…...yet : )
Damn it , now I want to…...I’m cursed with indecisiveness and procrastination issues : ( : ) LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#14 posted 03-04-2010 11:28 PM

they are cool!

-- bill

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#15 posted 03-05-2010 05:31 AM

Man you crack me up with that nomenclature. That is so stinkin funny~! Great work. The carrots will DIE tonight and the heads of lettuce will roll!!! There shall be blood(wood)! They could also be renamed Cain boards. He sacrificied the vegetables.

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