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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 1574 days ago 2706 views 5 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With all of the cutting board designs being posted it gave me the thought to give it a try.
No jigs, Just a table saw and a miter saw.
Made all of the blocks the same size or so I thought.
Glueing and clamp up was crazy.
Started glueing a row and then thought it may be easier to do in blocks of three.
Well did I say anything about remembering to keep the grains running the same…
Thought I did until all of my blocks of three were being set in place.
Oh no, Gaps. things were not going well.
Thought this will be a learning session for sure. A little putty here and there.
Great…...it doesn’t match either.
Thought I wouldn’t show to anyone and my wife and family wouldn’t know.
I took it in the house thinking what could I do with it.
Can’t scrap it.
Went back out to the shop and found enough Elm to make a base for a small table.

The block board is made from Cherry, Maple and Walnut trimmed in Walnut.
The base is Elm with Walnut stain.
Well the base turned out ok.

I brushed it on, wiped it down and applied two coats of semi gloss.

Maybe I will sand down the top and try matching the filler better.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.





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michelletwo

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#1 posted 1574 days ago

it’s an eye-popping table top. For not having a jig or an incra or such, you did pretty well.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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patron

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#2 posted 1574 days ago

john ,

one of the easiest ways to keep the grain oriented ,
is to pencil a line on the strip of wood before cutting it into pieces .
that way you have a ’ face ’ side to look at when you place them .
that table leg is wild !
when i do blocks , i use a TS sled , just keep working your parts ,
and fence till three are perfect in angle and length ,
and form a hexagon .
the strips must be jointed and parallel or they will ’ walk ’ slightly .

like the song says ,
” this is the way we learn ” !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lumberdustjohn

1247 posts in 1768 days


#3 posted 1574 days ago

Thanks for the information.
Wished I would have penciled.

The only sled I have is waiting for more snow.

Maybe the next one???
Learning is good!

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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matt garcia

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#4 posted 1574 days ago

WOW!! Nice table, and even nicer top!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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lumberdustjohn

1247 posts in 1768 days


#5 posted 1574 days ago

Thanks Matt.
My Wife likes it.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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cobbler

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#6 posted 1574 days ago

Looks great from here. Good job.

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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RS Woodworks

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#7 posted 1574 days ago

Looks good to me. And chances are no one thats not looking for them will ever notice the little gaps and wood filler.
I’ve seen this done where a sled is built for the planer, and after cutting the angles on the table saw, each piece is run through the planer on each side to make sure of exactly consistent sizes. Food for thought anyway.

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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Jimthecarver

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#8 posted 1574 days ago

i find with so much to distract you eyes on these designs that small imperfections are hard to see unless pointed out.
I think you have done a fine job.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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KnotCurser

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#9 posted 1574 days ago

John,

The next time you need to fill in a gap like this, try the following instead of wood putty:

Sand the area until you build up a good bit of dust. Dribble a bit of THIN CA Glue (super glue) into the gap and let it partially dry, then sand smooth. This way you have a filler that is made from the same wood and it totally fills the gap. I’ve used this on gaps that I was SURE would require me to redo the entire piece and you can’t even see where it was!

Give it a try on a scrap piece – you’ll be amazed!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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mrg

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#10 posted 1574 days ago

Very cool looking top. It looks 3D. First picture looked like you had glued a bunch of different sized blocks standing like buildings. I like it.

-- mrg

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Joe Weaver

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#11 posted 1574 days ago

very nice table

-- Joe, Ga

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 1574 days ago

Without all that information you volunteered, I would have just said “Wow! Great job!” :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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BritBoxmaker

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#13 posted 1574 days ago

The grandfather of all the optical patterns. I think everyone has problems when they try this one but it never fails to impress. David explained it better than I would have. Can’t add to that. Good table too.

Regards

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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blackcherry

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#14 posted 1574 days ago

Great first try, keep at it and in time its get a lot better. It best to glue up the complete top at once, using scraps wood around the top and clamping from all sides. This will draw up the piece nice and tight and let the glue fill up any opening. Thanks for sharing…BC

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Thos. Angle

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#15 posted 1574 days ago

ON THE WALL OF MY SHOP IS 1/2 OF A SADDLE SEAT THAT I SCREWED UP. I KEEP IT THERE AS A REMINDER. THIS IS NOT AS BAD AS YOU THINK IT IS. IF IT GETS TO BOTHERING YOU TRY THE GLUE AND SANDING. I’VE NEVER TRIED ONE OF THESE BUT CAN SEE IT TAKES SOME STUDYING. WE ARE ALWAYS MORE CRITICAL OF OURSELVES THAN ANYONE ELSE.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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