Mini LVDTs

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Project by McLeanVA posted 11-10-2010 05:27 PM 3324 views 15 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few more Legless Vegetable Death Tables (LVDTs). Just playing around with some repeatable patterns with the last of my bloodwood pile. I was asked numerous times in the past few weeks whether or not I could make some smaller LVDTs for sacrificing helpless blocks of cheese. Poor little Brie wedges. People are just cruel.

Photos #1 and #2 are a pair of cheese bricks made from walnut, cherry and bloodwood. 1.5” thick and smooth as granite.

Photos #3 and #4 are of the same board. Walnut, cherry and maple. Recessed handles on all 4 sides. Gives it an interesting look. Very sushi-board like.

Photos #5 and #6 are of a board that I call “backbone”. It looks very spinal. My one friend said it made him want to eat a rack of baby back ribs. Any cutting board that inspires you to eat is OK in my opinion. Made from bloodwood, walnut, maple and cherry.

All boards sanded to 300 grit before 50/50 salad bowl finish/mineral spirits. #0000 steel wool buffing in between all 4 coats. Final result is a ridiculously smooth end product.

Anyways, I hope these inspire. Thank you for looking. Questions always welcome.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 11-10-2010 05:39 PM

Great boards, love the patterns.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#2 posted 11-10-2010 05:43 PM

Very nice, I like the overall thickness. Its bold and stable and won’t go sliding across the counter with a misguided blow from a knife.

Are you giving these out as a gift? I ask because I made a friend a nice cutting board and she has it hanging on her wall like art (She says its too nice to use).. Although I guess you could hang yours on the wall too, and with the proper amount of light, it would look like art.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#3 posted 11-10-2010 05:45 PM

these are beautiful!

that said – especially if these are a gift, just be aware that bloodwood can cause some serious allergic reactions to people sensitive to it, same goes for walnut.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 11-10-2010 05:51 PM

Great set of boards here, for sure.

I especially like the spinal board for it’s boldly decorative statement.

-- 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 11-10-2010 06:06 PM

@Richard – Thank you. I sell these to friends and coworkers. Most of them say that they are too nice to cut on. My response is “Buy one to cut on and one for decoration.” :) My wife cuts on every board I have made for her. She’s ruthless, but the end grain boards hold up surprisingly well. I tell folks that they can do whatever they want with it. Display it, cut on it, or use it as kindling.

@PurpLev – I have seen some cases where woodworkers were allergic to the dust when working with it. Thank you for the tip.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 06:08 PM

Lovely boards, really inspiring stuff, and I do like the name, Legless Vegetable Death Tables, thats just great :D

-- Jani, a Neanderthal woodworker in Sweden.

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#7 posted 11-10-2010 06:25 PM

Cool boards and absolutely love the name…. I have got to remember that one…lol

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#9 posted 11-10-2010 06:37 PM

Great boards.
Love your description. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#10 posted 11-10-2010 06:59 PM

Dang, now I am hungry.

Very good job. I really need to go back and build some more boards. Fun stuff.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#11 posted 11-10-2010 07:07 PM

Ha! “LVDT’s”. . .too funny.

I am still in my very early learning curve and would like to better understand “50/50 salad bowl finish/mineral spirits” definition. . .thanks!


-- Kit, Paso Robles, CA,

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#12 posted 11-10-2010 07:17 PM

@Kit. Plenty of options when it comes to finish on cutting boards. It all boils down to selecting a food-safe finish that works best for your time, budget, allergy concerns and preferences.

The WoodWhisperer recommended a 50/50 mix of Salad Bowl Finish and Mineral Spirits as one option. I tried it and really liked the look. I’ve also tried mineral oil, which is OK too.

Mix 1 part Salad Bowl Finish with 1 part mineral oil, which thins it out and allows it to penetrate and cure within the wood. I usually do at least 4 coats, with ample drying time in between.

With that said… I am a total newbie hobbyist. I am not a professional by any means. I just tinker. Lots of pros on LJs, which could probably offer you sound advice on various finishing options.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#13 posted 11-10-2010 08:02 PM

well done. what i really want to say is great patterns, mclean. lots of nice straight cuts without being just another geometrical deco cutting board. the asymmetry (ie: 3’s vs. 4’s) rocks a nice pattern. adds some motion to them which really sets them apart from the typical. great looking work.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#14 posted 11-10-2010 08:04 PM

by the way, your humor is repulsive. my uncle was a port wine log. we took him with us to a party once and never saw him again.

-- "Take extra care not to lose what you feel" (Winwood/Capaldi/Wood)

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#15 posted 11-10-2010 08:09 PM

@skone… that was a “gouda” one. :)

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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