My second cutting board: Tumbling block

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Project by lanwater posted 11-17-2010 11:36 PM 6356 views 19 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This board was a little more challenging. I followed Degoose blog:
It is very detailed.

I had few hiccups along the way:

I started with only 1 “hexagonal sausage” Thinking I would make my piece 3/4” thick and that would give me a decent size board..
Well I changed my mind and decided to go for 1” and 1/8 thick to be left with about 1” after sanding. That meant I run out of material pretty quickly.

So I made a couple of more “sausages” but the setup was no longer the same on may tablesaw and the planer also. It did not matter how closely I trtied to match the original pieces thickness the new setup was a tiny tiny off. That came back and haunted me during the glue up.

Lesson learned: Make enough of the hexagonal sausage with the same setup.

Sanding was a little cumbersome and I must say I am sloppy a sanding. End grain seems a little harder to sand than long grain.

Finish was much easier; just socked it with mineral oil on both sides, waited a couple of hours and wipe it clean.
The next day I applied a layer of butcher block oil (mineral oil and bees wax) let it soak in for a couiple hours and rubded it clean. Did the same thing again the following day.
I loved seeing oil from the other side of the board (end grain).

The glue up was the most tedious. Those tiny differences add up and some adjustment (sand paper) were necessary to fit those pieces. I still have some blotches from the glue that was absorbed through the end grains during clamping. That I could not remove. Also in my hurry to finish glue up before the glue dries on me, I flipped a couple of blocks.

Cut it to length et voila.

Wood used: White oak, maple and dark walnut.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#1 posted 11-17-2010 11:43 PM

That’s pretty awesome.
I do need to make a cutting board or two. Thanks for the inspiration.

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#2 posted 11-17-2010 11:58 PM

Nice work. I need to try one of these.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 11-18-2010 12:06 AM

Looks great, thanks for the points of caution.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#4 posted 11-18-2010 12:12 AM

So nice, the 3D are fantastic.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 11-18-2010 01:25 AM

Very nice effect it boggles the mind

-- I started off with nothing I have most of it left

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#6 posted 11-18-2010 01:29 AM

Very well done ..nice 3d effect : )

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

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#7 posted 11-18-2010 02:59 AM

Very nice board.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#8 posted 11-18-2010 05:05 AM

Nice work on your 2nd go-around,watch for grain flow when assembling over all a very nice board…BC

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#9 posted 11-18-2010 05:49 AM

Nice one! I’m willing to guess that no one will ever notice any little flaws – it’s too pretty!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#10 posted 11-18-2010 07:06 AM

Ah oh… someone is going to ding you for not lining up the grain. :) But not me. Looks terrific. I discovered the same things you did. I appreciate that I’m not alone.

-- tim hill

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#11 posted 11-18-2010 08:37 AM

Thanks for the nice comments.
It looks like a got the cutting board virus now.
I am going to try a one more and pay more attention to details,especially the grain.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 11-18-2010 09:19 AM

Freakin’ awesome result… I LOVE IT!

-- Spence in Skokie, IL

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#13 posted 11-18-2010 11:18 AM

That’s a really cool board, well done! I do the same thing often I’m so intent on making the profile I don’t make enough. You’d think I’d have learnt by now.

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#14 posted 11-18-2010 01:47 PM

Nice job on this board, Degoose is Def one of the Masters on here.

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

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#15 posted 11-18-2010 04:10 PM

Like the board !!! you done a great job !!
very clever !!! and thanks for link to post on how you did it !!!
it’s one thing to think about it, but it’s the other of doing it that gets the results & the result is fantastic !!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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