Cutting Board

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Project by Steph78 posted 08-12-2010 09:51 AM 2478 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this using Maple, Padauk and Purpleheart. Its far from perfect but Im new to this so I let it slide. I wanted to throw it out in the street and run over it when I saw all the gaps between the different woods but after about two hours of sanding it came out alright so it was saved from getting ran over! Sorry about the pics I know the lighting is bad.

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#1 posted 08-12-2010 10:19 AM

Good looking board, sure your going to do endgrain soon, as its better on the knives. Nice work.

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

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 10:43 AM

nice design :) good work!

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 12:08 PM

Very nice designs : )

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

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 04:01 PM

Nice looking boards. I feel your pain about gaps. Am workig on a weave design right now and foundthings out that you should do and not do. It will get easier. Good Job.

-- 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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#5 posted 08-12-2010 05:33 PM

They look nice from here. What kind of finish did you use?

-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 07:07 PM

Nice. I like the second picture better.
That wood combination really works well.

And a good save from the tire tracks,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 07:20 PM

Looks good!
They will just keep getting better and better.
Enjoy the fun.

Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 07:44 PM

Great wood combination and interesting pattern.

I’m with Steve, the 2nd picture shows off the grain better and appears to be more natural looking for the colors.

Are you going to actually cut on this boards? I’m curious about the finish you used as well. It looks like you coated it good! (Maybe too good for cutting purposes?)

Gaps happen. At least, they still happen to me, but I’m a beginner.

End grain boards are a lot more time consuming to sand, so hide your car keys when you make your first one. ;-)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#9 posted 08-12-2010 09:13 PM

Thanks everyone for your comments! I used Behlen Salad Bowl Finish. I did put it on a bit heavy. Oops! Im going to sand it a bit today and clean it up some. As far as it being used for cutting probably not. Im giving it to my friend cause he thinks its cool so I may have to warn him that it should probably just be decoration. Ha ha! I probably should have followed the directions on the finish can a little better too. It may have came out better. I was just excited to see the end product. That’s something I’m gonna have to work on!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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#10 posted 08-13-2010 02:41 AM

Nice work, you may want to check out for lots of information and instructional podcasts on the topic of cutting bords

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#11 posted 08-13-2010 11:30 AM

very stylish

-- Theresa,

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#12 posted 08-14-2010 03:38 PM

I forgot to ask what the sizes are and what sanding technique you used to take two hours to complete ? How rough were the pieces ? Had they been planed ? You might want to look into using a scraper to make quick work of the next boards : ) Have a great weekend and keep up the nice work !

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

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#13 posted 08-15-2010 09:26 AM

Hey Dusty, about the sanding….. Its a sad story of cheap tools and lack of tools and skill for that matter! :) I don’t have a planer so I used a orbital sander to do all the work. I started with 80 and ended with 220. The reason it took so long is the boards were all different thicknesses cause i bought them from the already cut rack at my lumber store. I tried to cut then to the same thickness with my table saw (which is a piece of junk) with little success. So basically I did what I could with what I had. I’m gonna update and add to my tooling as soon as I can. I’m really new to woodworking so the tools I have are for home improvements and less detailed projects. When they were purchased it was for necessity not quality. Thanks for the complements and hope you have a good weekend too! Off to enter part 2 of my Bean Bag Board progress. Check it out if you’d like or haven’t already! Thanks!

-- Steph, Phoenix

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