New style Cutting Boards, ( for me that is)

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Project by Ken90712 posted 1478 days ago 7292 views 5 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well made 3 new style board for cutomers something different. Made out of Balck Walnut, Maple & Cherry. 3 different patterns. 7 coats of Salad bowl finish and mineral spirits 50 /50 mix. I Like them except the small board was a faliure in my opinion. Mr. over kill that I am, overtightened the clamps and bent the wood some. Could not figure out why it looked crokked when it cut perfectly square. I actuall bent it slightly. Not many notice but I do and I have to share this with my fellow LJ’s. This one will not be sold but it taught me to quit over tightening the clamps dummy!
Enjoy and ck out my blog on the Visit with SOCALWOOD & CHILDRESS, pretty cool stuff.

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

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#1 posted 1478 days ago

Real nice boards ken. Your wood choices look great together and the patterns are easy on the eye.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 1478 days ago

these look very nice, ken .

don’t worry ,
we can keep a secret here .

we are all learning every day .

-- 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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#3 posted 1478 days ago

Ken, your suffering from my problem. If you don’t mention what you think of as short-comings, people rarely see them. Take a step back, they look fine.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#4 posted 1478 days ago

I hear you Brit I have tried to get over that. It drives Blondie crazy so I don’t do it with guests anymore But LJ”’s I had to. We all work so hard and want things to come perfect it become frustrating when it’s a silly mistake or one you no better not to do. It’s my therapy chatting a learning from all of you.
Thx for the positive feedback great work on your as well.

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

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#5 posted 1478 days ago

I must got back and make a few of these…very pleasant to view..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#6 posted 1478 days ago

Sweet. That style of board is really my favorite for general use. Fancy, but not too far. Yours look really good.

So if you leveled the small one, how thin would it get? A router sled will flatten it for you. But it would get thinner. (Duh)

I like ‘em,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice boards, Ken. Looks like I have some competition…

-- Childress Woodworks

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#8 posted 1478 days ago

Gorgeous Boards, Ken!

Funny you should mention the clamping pressure and bending. I made a board for my sister-in-law’s brother. Everything was square and straight- until I took it out of the clamps. Thought I’d be smart and do the glue up in 3 sections. I must have used too much pressure and compressed the edges because the mating edges were no longer straight. Guess I could have trimmed it but then the pattern would not have been symmetrical. Started over 8^(


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Gary Fixler

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#9 posted 1478 days ago

Very nice, Ken! I’ve been looking to make a few ideas in end-grain cutting boards, but am having a tough time with colors. I’m glad to see cherry working so well between maple and walnut, but do you (or anyone reading this) know of a wood that finishes up on the end grain somewhere between cherry and walnut? It’s important to me that it’s pretty uniform in color the whole way through, pretty halfway between cherry and walnut, and good for cutting board use just as these three woods are.

Thanks for the pics!

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#10 posted 1478 days ago


Sorry I wasn’t clear it’s perfectly flat. I bent the wood along the parrell pieces while gluing the strips up. The 2nd glue up pulled the strips crooked on one end of the board and when you look at the lines from the side you can see a slight been in them.
Thx all, Gary I’ll have to think about that some. Degoose Spalm and other are board masters they might know.

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

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#11 posted 1478 days ago

Super work Ken great looking boards

-- Custom furniture

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robert triplett

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#12 posted 1478 days ago

Ken, I would like to see a better picture of what you are seeing with the small board. My son ,who is 27 years old, 6’5” and about 260 lbs., made a butcher block board with Big Leaf Maple and added 1/8” curly Maple strips between each row and column. (like a brick wall with mortar) He had issues with bent rows on the ends. I tried to tell him to ease off on the pipe clamps to avoid squeezing out all of the glue. Did he use too much pressure and get the ends to bow in? It almost looks good in a different way!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#13 posted 1477 days ago

Nice build, they look great.

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#14 posted 1477 days ago

Loos good from here. Know what you mean though, you know there is a mistake even though most people wont find it, but you know it is there.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#15 posted 1477 days ago

These are great. The proportions of each are very pleasing too. They each look to be slighting different sizes; I’d appreciate learning of the length, width and depth of each.
Keep up the great work and postings.

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