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Walnut and maple breadboard #2

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Project by Jeremymcon posted 02-05-2018 10:55 PM 596 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut and maple breadboard I made for my wife and I. I actually gave away a similar one for Christmas (and posted it on lumberjocks), and kind of regretted giving it away because I liked it so well, so this one I’m keeping!

I tried something a little different with the surface prep on this one. Last one I just sanded with my random orbital sander. After wetting it the walnut got really fuzzy and unpleasant to touch. I ended up sanding it back with fine sandpaper, wetting again, again. I think I did like 4 or 5 repetitions of that process until the walnut stayed reasonably smooth.

This time hit all the surfaces with a smoothing plane (spokeshave for the curves at the corners) and skipped the sanding entirely. Just scraped with a card scraper on a couple spots. The difference after was night and day! The walnut stayed perfectly smooth!

I have been experimenting with leaving a knife finish on the wooden spoons that I carve, and know that spoons finished with a knife only stayed much smoother than sanded spoon. For some reason I didn’t think to take that process to cutting boards until now. Definitely glad I did, and I’ll probably hand plane my cutting boards again in the future!

I also made that little walnut tray recently. It was a scrap of walnut that was actually split from a log while I was making my walnut rocking chair. It was almost perfectly flat right off the log somehow – very straight grained tree, I guess. So I finally cleaned it up and now it serves as a sushi tray.





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#1 posted 02-06-2018 01:01 AM

Looks way to nice to use!

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#2 posted 02-06-2018 03:58 PM

Nice! I love the design…..

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#3 posted 02-06-2018 05:10 PM

Good work using breadboards to keep the cutting board flat.

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#4 posted 02-06-2018 05:15 PM



Good work using breadboards to keep the cutting board flat.

- whistlingwoodies

Thanks – that’s the idea!

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#5 posted 02-06-2018 08:42 PM

So did you have any trouble with the cross grain? Planing, that is. Does this breadboard edge hold up to seasonal changes or getting wet in the kitchen?

Beautiful piece BTW

Ben

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#6 posted 02-06-2018 09:33 PM



So did you have any trouble with the cross grain? Planing, that is. Does this breadboard edge hold up to seasonal changes or getting wet in the kitchen?

Beautiful piece BTW

Ben

- BenDupre

I hand planed the main part of the board before attaching the ends. I did I did flush up the ends after gluing them, but they’re not precisely perfectly flush, so I never planed the main part across the grain. I just wiped off the glue squeeze out scraped any little bit I missed afterward.

As for movement, the tenons on the sides are in oversized mortises, with slotted dowel holes and no glue, so they can move a bit with moisture changes.

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#7 posted 02-10-2018 12:59 AM

Very nice on both items.

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