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Project by Ken90712 posted 10-11-2010 11:10 PM 2337 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Board out of Padauk and Rock Maple I changed up the design by mixing up the sequence in the glue up, to my surprise I like this the most out of any of my boards thus far! I chose to finish this a little different than the 40 or so others I have made.

After talking with frellow LJ, Eric ( childress) whos becoming a good friend on how he finishes his boards, I figured I would try it out. I used food grade mineral oil and then a beeswax. Some customers had shown interest in wanting a board that was not real shinny. I think this turned out well although I would have liked the Paduak to be a little more red. I let it bleed back out after sanding for 3 weeks.

Instead of using a roundover bit I chose to use a 45* with my table saw for something different.

My new V drum sander sure cut down the time this end-grain board needed to worked on. Its very smooth as I took it up to 320 grit.

Thx for looking,

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

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 11:25 PM

I have to make one of these. Nice projects for sure.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 11:26 PM

...that padauk sure darkened. I use a chamfer on my boards as well. I like that look.

Good job.

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

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#3 posted 10-12-2010 03:06 AM

Sweet. I also like the chamfer. Kinda different.

Nice to hear to hear that the sander is working out for you.
That board sure looks smooth.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 10-12-2010 03:16 AM


Nice board and I’m glad to see you’re liking your sander!

Did you sand to 320-grit before any oil hit the board, or later in the sequence, after you let the oil soak deeply into the board?

-- 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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#5 posted 10-12-2010 06:45 AM

Cool design…variation …

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 10-12-2010 07:15 AM

Very Nice! I like the colors!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 10-12-2010 08:46 AM

Nice board!

FWIW, I finish mine with a 6:1 mixture (by weight) of mineral oil and beeswax. Warm the mineral oil in a double boiler and add beeswax shavings. BE CAREFUL though—it is FLAMMABLE! Gently stir until mixed, and pour into a clean margarine tub to cool. I re-liquify it in the microwave for the first coat on a new board, and then rub on several more, in paste form.

I found some small plastic tubs (w/lids) at the local dollar store, and I include a small tub of this mix with all of my boards, for replenishing the finish.

-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...

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#8 posted 10-12-2010 10:06 AM

So nice board, and yes I agree, it seems the red are gone after the oil…
That V-drum, I cant wait to get my parts, and get startet to build one.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 10-12-2010 12:58 PM

Ken, this is another nice looking cutter. And I am sure your sander saved you lots of time. Thanks for the tip on the finish as well. I will have to try this on my next cutter.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#10 posted 10-12-2010 03:07 PM

Ken making the edge that way is looking good
but I most admit I like the board before the finish….LOL

take care

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#11 posted 10-12-2010 04:35 PM

Thx everyone, Dennis, I agree, I liked it better before the finish as well. It absorbed the mineral oil and turned dark. Jonanthan, I sanded to 320 then finished and used 600 in between finishing. Troutguy I’ll try your idea next time. I liked the chamfer edge as well. Again Thx Everyone.

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

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#12 posted 10-12-2010 04:38 PM

Ken, that board looks real nice. I like it.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-12-2010 09:04 PM

Nice board Ken. The 45 does add a nice touch.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#14 posted 10-12-2010 10:53 PM

Gorgeous look, love paduak, nice finish.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 11:27 PM

Very Nice, Ken. I like the beeswax finish. Gives em a warm glow, I think…

-- Childress Woodworks

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