Cutting Board

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Project by ceo posted 08-17-2010 04:01 AM 1888 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, here it is. The old butcher’s block visualized. This is for my dad. I seen a few designs throughout here and I don’t quite have the equipment (or time) needed to pull off a few of those. This was my 2nd board because the first was just too frustrating to accomplish. Guess I need to learn a little more patience. I tried one with 3 different types of wood with a thin border around the oak “looms/weaves” or whatever you want to call it. Either too thick or too thin, or the squares weren’t square so nothing lined up. A few explicit lyrics and a little more hair loss; started over minus the next level steps and TA-DAH! This one didn’t turn out perfect, but if it was going to be anything like the first and Dad would have been getting a gift certificate. Sure would like to know how some of you more talented folk managed to piece these things together in time or how/what types of clamps you used. I almost sent my contraption into the patent office if I didn’t know how ridiculous it was. I’ve definitely had better moments in my life than the first time I put the squeeze on these blocks and seen the middle start rising up on me. It was like a slow motion mistake that I realized a split second too late to avoid the explosion of 50 wooden jigsaw puzzle-pieces scattering about the shop. I ended up using 4 pipe clamps, a ratcheting strap and 6 different pieces of wood to clamp these pieces together. When all it would have taken is for someone to pass along the knowledge for those of us without a clue as to how you did it. Oh well, a little redneck ingenuity helped reach the finish line. I apologize to anyone that’s actually read this far. I’m bored and guess I should head back to the shop and see what else I can get into.

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#1 posted 08-17-2010 05:19 AM

Very nice. As I scrolled through, I thought it was a square apple pie at first. It is perfect!! Nice job. Thanks for sharing.
I have seen a lot of the cutting boards lately and I’m also getting the urge to try one but I have to build a sled first for those real accurate angle cuts.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 08-17-2010 06:06 AM

A beautiful cutting board and it makes me hungry for apple pie!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 08-17-2010 11:23 AM

Nice board.

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

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#4 posted 08-17-2010 12:54 PM

Nice job ceo !!

Larry (degoose) posted a nice video blog on his glue up of the weave here.
The easiest way to get it squared for clamping is to have a gluing board
with cauls bolted to the board at 90 deg.
Glue and hand press your pieces into place, working as quickly as possible.
Put cauls on the two outside edges and clamp.
Makes life less stressful : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#5 posted 08-17-2010 03:29 PM

Nice. I like it.

What keeps coming back to me while building these monsters is the cutting of all the pieces. Sounds simple, but if everything is cut just right (square and true) they hardly need any clamping at all. Now if I could just follow my own recommendations….

And yes, a gluing frame is great. But it seems like you have been down that road already.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 08-17-2010 04:39 PM

Yep, reminds me of the first couple of these I made. It was probably funny to watch but not much fun to do. Like SPalm says, make sure that everything is cut exactly right and square and true, do a dry fitup to make sure, do another dry fitup to make really sure, then add the glue and clamp like Larry Degoose says to do and you’ll be ok.
These are difficult but once you master the thing they are very much appreciated gifts and a project you can be proud of.

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#7 posted 08-17-2010 05:00 PM

super looking board

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#8 posted 08-17-2010 06:54 PM

Nice looking board.
The key is to make sure your cuts are of equal size.
Cut and re-cut if needed.
The glue up is always fun. I use help!
Clamp up is easy when all parts are sized correctly.
The use of a clamp-up jig like Patron uses would help.
Some very tallented people willing to share and have in documented blogs.
Eperts like Spalm, Patron, degoose, and Britboxmaker just to name a few have spread projects and blogs all over this site with helpful hints.
Review what they have offered or challenge your self to work through it.
It’s still fun either way.

Keep on having fun.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 08-18-2010 12:43 AM

No frills, no bells and no whistles… just a plain simple weave… I do believe that some times it is the simple things in life that are the best… is that not right mr kellog…
I like it and from what I see you did the design justice with your choice of timber… and the frame around it is a nice touch…
My only criticism and it is constructive… you need to keep track of the cuts and keep the grain orientated along the weave… continuity makes the eye follow …Other wise… good job… look forward to more from you in future…
Regards from the man from the land downunder…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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