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My First LVDT (Cutting Board) - Walnut & Maple

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 12-18-2010 12:45 AM 2280 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my parents were wanting a cutting board for Christmas so this is what I came up with. And just in time cause I think it’s mandatory for every LumberJock to finish a cutting board in there first year here, right? Well my 1 year is tomorrow so I just squeaked in. Anyway, my parents know they are getting a cutting board, but they are just expecting a maple butcher block I think. This is a Zig-Zag End Grain Board that McLeanVA blogged about here. Even with such great instruction I still managed to come across a few problems. In my haste I didn’t make sure the board was completely flat before my last crosscuts and glue up so as you can see in the last two pics, there were some small gaps between some of the rows. Seeing as how this is a cutting board and I didn’t want bacteria growing in the gaps (My mom works as a nurse in the Infection Control Dept. at a local hospital), I decide to put the board on my crosscut sled and rip it up down the center of the glue lines. I lost a small amount of material, but it was worth it to get rid of the gaps and feel confident in giving this away as a gift. The woods are Maple and Walnut with multiple coats of Howards Butcher Block Conditioner that I picked up at Home Depot. Added some rubber feet from HD as well. Size is about 12” x 19” x 1.25”. And even though some of the pieces shifted during glue up and the lines aren’t all lined up, I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I really love the way the oil brought out the beauty of the walnut. Anyway, all comments welcome. Thanks.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/





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degoose

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#1 posted 12-18-2010 12:51 AM

Not too shabby for a first attempt.. looks like you have learned a lot with this experience…...glue slippage cans be a bit of a bugger

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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#2 posted 12-18-2010 01:31 AM

Thanks Larry. And yeah, definitely a learning experience. I also learned that I wish I had a drum sander. lol.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#3 posted 12-18-2010 01:40 AM

I like the siz-zag pattern a lot you did a great job on it.

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 02:58 AM

That looks really nice to me. Good job, and good recovery. Welcome to the club.

You might want to give your Mom a bottle of Howard’s for her to re-apply after the first couple of washings. Howard’s has wax in it, which is a good thing. But I have found out that it keeps the oil from going too deep. So I now do a couple coats of just oil, and then use Howard’s as a top coat. You are ok with what you did, but it may need a bit of more in the beginning. Another thing you could do (if you have time) is to wash the board, dry it, (maybe a real light sanding) and re-apply a couple of times until the board settles down. Then it will last for years.

Good luck, she will love it.
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 02:43 PM

Well done, the secret handshake will be sent to you LOL …... You will be making alot more I’m sure.

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

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BreakingBoardom

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#6 posted 12-18-2010 09:49 PM

Thanks Steve for the info. I was kinda wondering about that. It’s my first time using Howards but I did notice it says to apply it warm so it soaks in deeper. I do have plenty of extra though so I’ll probably just give them the rest of the bottle. Maybe next time I’ll go with straight mineral oil first and then the Howards on top.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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#7 posted 12-18-2010 09:55 PM

They are definitely going to love it.

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#8 posted 12-20-2010 04:55 AM

That’s a great looking cutting board. After the first of the year, I’ve got to try my hand at making one of these. I hope mine comes out as beautiful as yours!

-- David

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#9 posted 12-20-2010 08:16 PM

It looks great!
Nice pattern and thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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learnin2do

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#10 posted 12-21-2010 05:25 PM

-seriously, how did i miss this? -oh, yeah, not checking my e-mail thoroughly, because i was dizzy from 12 hours straight in the “shop” that night…
-That is just too incredible! How are you managing this with a new little one? You are going to get yourself in the doghouse if you stay in that shop too long! (i speak from experience on both ends) make sure your woman gets escape time too!
-too beautiful though -i’m sure the end result makes up for any absence!

-- christine

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#11 posted 12-21-2010 05:26 PM

-seriously, how did i miss this? -oh, yeah, not checking my e-mail thoroughly, because i was dizzy from 12 hours straight in the “shop” that night…
-That is just too incredible! How are you managing this with a new little one? You are going to get yourself in the doghouse if you stay in that shop too long! (i speak from experience on both ends) make sure your woman gets escape time too!
-too beautiful though -i’m sure the end result makes up for any absence!

-- christine

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BreakingBoardom

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#12 posted 12-21-2010 07:44 PM

Haha. Thanks Christine. And my wife likes to help. She likes to do the finishing. So i do the construction and they come out and visit sometimes and then I take care and play with my new little one while my wife does most of the finishing. So it’s kinda a win-win. And what were you doing for 12 hours straight in the shop? Building your own doghouse? lol.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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McLeanVA

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#13 posted 03-10-2011 08:13 PM

Matt – Somehow I missed this project until now. You did a great job. Gaps are gaps and they plague us all. Excellent recovery as the board really turned out well. I hope the tutorial didn’t miss any steps. The glue up can be nerve-wracking once you clamp it and see some shifts. Overall, awesome on your first attempt. Thank you for posting.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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