Cutting Board, Wine Balancer, Double Membership

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Project by spunwood posted 01-14-2011 04:51 PM 2056 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My parents have recieved these gifts and so I can now post them.

These two projects were a lot of fun. Figuring out how to rip a bevel/miter cut and how to flatten the cutting board were both challenging. The wine balancer was just quick and easy. The last picture is to encourage you that accidents do happen and that you can start over…even when 1/2 the project was destroyed.

I want to thank Mr. Weakley for his help, even though it did not go as expected…we didn’t know about end grain tear out on a planer.

And thank you Jeremy at Custom Woodworks of Nashville. I did not have a belt sander or a ROS and he flattened and smoothed up the cutting board.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#1 posted 01-14-2011 05:58 PM

Welcome to the club! Although I think you’re on probation….to officially learn the secret handshake you have to spend HOURS with both a belt sander and a ROS to get your end grain boards flat and smooth. No more cheating with Jeremy!

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#2 posted 01-14-2011 06:30 PM

Haha, yes, I remembering spending hours and hours sanding my first end grain board.

Nice save on this one and I really like your pattern too.

A drill balancer, that’s a use I hadn’t thought of for the wine bottle balancer… funny photo!

Now you just need to go get yourself a ROS, start another board, and come back and post when your hands are numb and tingly. :-)

-- 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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jim C

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#3 posted 01-14-2011 08:05 PM

Stick with Weakly and Jeremy and just tell them you worked 60 hours to complete. ;-)

Seriously, You are getting really good at this hobby. Nice work buddy

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 08:44 PM


I like a lot the wine balancer

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#5 posted 01-15-2011 02:17 AM

Thanks Jim, I appriciate the encouragement…& the skilsaw that made the project possible :)

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 03:33 AM

Welcome to the club! Do not know the exact quote – but something like this:

The mark of a true woodworker is not measured in raw talent, but rather the ability to correct mistakes…..

Maybe at some point you can build/aquire a drum sander (I did, really cheap) and it will change your outlook on sanding endgrain!

Nice looking projects – Thanks for posting.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#7 posted 01-15-2011 05:29 AM

Good looking stuff Brandon. How did you enjoy working with the maple and walnut? A little different than pine huh?

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#8 posted 01-15-2011 06:24 PM

I really liked the smell and clean cut of the woods, but had trouble not burning the maple on the tablesaw.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 04:01 AM

The cutting board turned out nice. I will give the wine bottle a try, I mean make a balancer for one.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 04-18-2011 04:00 AM

The drill balancer is quite humorous. You actually gave me a great idea as I am always looking for somewhere to put my drill when I am working with my Kreg Jig and need to change or adjust the boards.
Still have not tackled a cutting board but I am planning on it soon.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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