First Cutting Boards

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Project by wellington posted 07-18-2010 01:28 AM 2441 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A trio of simple boards for my friends and family.

The smaller ones are 12” x 12” x 1.75”, and the bigger one is 12” x 18” x 1.75”.

They’re made from maple, cherry, walnut, and bloodwood.

I’m considering rounding the edges, but I don’t know how I feel about that; the straight edges feel more modern, but the rounds feel much classier.

Side note: man… bloodwood smells TERRIBLE when you’re working it… it looks great, and finishes beautiful… but it smelled so unpleasant I’m not sure I want to work with it anymore.

Update: In the end, I tried the chamfers, but it just didn’t do it for me… so I ended up with 1/4” rounds on the edges. They looked excellent, and felt wonderful (after finishing them down to 600 grit sand paper… like the rest of the board). I wanted to post pictures, but they were snatched up so quickly I didn’t have the time…

Thanks again for all of the suggestions!

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#1 posted 07-18-2010 01:55 AM

You don’t have to round the edges very much at all …just break the sharpness which is only going to get beat up anyway. : )
They all look great !!

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

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 01:58 AM

Good looking boards. I’m sure they’ll be well recieved.

If you’re thinking about some sort of edge treatement, have you considered a champher? I use a 45 degree router bit on a lot of my projects lately. Just a thought.

-- My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am---author unknown

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 02:05 AM

nice work !

maybe a carbon mask ,
some exotics are real bad for you .
but they can’t be beat !

-- 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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#4 posted 07-18-2010 02:48 AM

Nice looking boards. The color combinations are great.

I was going to mention chamfer too because your design of all those straight lines does not lend itself to a round edge. Or not. They look great as it. A bevel will make them look fancier, but then you can have a corner condition to think about (do you bevel the sides too?).

Welcome to LJs. Seems like you will fit in well.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-18-2010 03:49 AM

I agree with the chamfer idea – I’ve done that myself on a few boards and it turned out well. Welcome to LJs!

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#6 posted 07-18-2010 04:24 AM

Lots of color on these boards and welcome to LJ’s…your going to enjoy this place …BC

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#7 posted 07-18-2010 08:53 AM

Thanks for the love and welcomes everyone!

Patron – Frankly, I think I’m going to go with a mask at all times now. I’m going to look like a spaceman with my glasses, and ears, and respirator mask :)

Regarding the chamfer edge, it’s funny that so many people made that suggestion… I was just talking with my buddy (he’s out here too, his name is RunningDan) and we were talking about how we really like that edge, even though we haven’t put it on anything… I think you guys have sold me; I’ll route one and see how it goes (I’m already assuming it’ll be awesome, because if anyone is going to make brilliant suggestions, it’s you guys).

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#8 posted 07-18-2010 11:17 AM

Good work. I like the combo of the wood.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#9 posted 07-18-2010 05:38 PM

Nice job, color combos are good. Welcome to the club

-- 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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#10 posted 07-18-2010 05:47 PM

I really like the strong contrast of stripes. I also like the idea of a Chamfer edge, but was wondering if a Lark’s Tongue would add more interest.

-- Gnettie the Gnome

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#11 posted 07-18-2010 07:37 PM

looks good

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#12 posted 07-18-2010 09:25 PM

Gnome , I had never heard of a Lark’s tongue chamfer until I read your comment…I thought you had meant a Lamb’s Tongue , which through research , I found to be a totally different design . Thanks for making me learn something new today : )

Lamb’s Tongue video :

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#13 posted 07-21-2010 02:10 AM

Chamfer all the way. I love that look.

I’m sure you’ve seen examples but take a look at my projects…I’ve used chamfers on all my boards and others.

Well done. I love the heavy contrast in colors.


-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#14 posted 07-21-2010 06:46 PM

Nice looking boards.
Interesting comment in the OP about the odor.
All the bloodwood I’ve worked with has had a great smell.

-- Gary, Florida

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#15 posted 07-22-2010 03:13 AM

Once again, thanks so much everyone!

I’ve decided that I’m definitely going to do the chamfers (I’m actually about to go do that right now).

The lark’s and lamb’s tongues are really cool (never knew that’s what those were called), and I’m going to have to keep those in my pocket to use on later designs.

Gary – perhaps I just got a particularly malodorous board… or maybe it’s just a matter of smell preference… Having grown up with the smell of cut mahogany burned into my brain, maybe I was just expecting something different, and it caught me by surprise. I’m definitely going to be working with it in the future (I can’t get enough of the beautiful color), so perhaps my opinions will change :)

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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