More LVDTs for 2011

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Project by McLeanVA posted 01-17-2011 08:06 PM 3121 views 12 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few more LVDTs (Legless Vegetable Death Tables) that are in the process of soaking in their 50/50 Salad Bowl Finish and Mineral Spirits. I ran across some Sapele on sale and decided to integrate them into some boards to see how they fit in with the other species. Nothing new in terms of patterns, but I wanted to share. Lots of new (and old) LJs that are trying their hands at cutting boards and I’m always willing to share ideas. As always, I hope they inspire.

Photo 1: All five boards soaking in finish. Still plenty of coats, sanding and buffing to go. I was trigger happy and wanted to snap some photos while I thought of it.

Photo 2: Bloodwood, Sapele, Cherry and Padouk. 2-3-4-3 pattern.

Photo 3: The “Clown Board” consists of Padouk, Mahogany, Maple, Bloodwood, Cherry and Sapele. Just clowning around on this one and experimenting with random patterns.

Photo 4: Cherry, Sapele and Walnut, with a little strip of Bloodwood to add some visual interest. Before the finish, the bloodwood really stood out, but after the Sapele darkens with the finish it gets lost a bit. Took some good notes on this one for a future board.

Photo 5: Maple, Walnut, Sapele. 2-3-4-3 pattern. Overall, grain patterns were a bit crazy on this one.

Photo 6: Cherry, Walnut, Sapele. 2-3-4-3 pattern. The grain on the Sapele creates a really neat basket-weave look when held in good light.

Overall, I really liked working with Sapele. What I learned is that it darkens up a good bit when finished. Need to make sure to surround it with lighter woods next time for some more contrast. Also, I have no clue how I used to make these LVDTs without a drum sander. They are so much more precise now and I get to keep a lot more wood than I used to. They are also dead-level on a flat surface.

Take care and have a wonderful and safe 2011 in your shops.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 01-17-2011 08:12 PM

Awesome boards Chris, as usual.

The set of boards I have in the final stages of cooking have Sapele in them as well, left over from a previous project

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 09:07 PM

Beefy and Cool !!!!!!!!!!

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 09:15 PM

WOW ! These really are great boards : )

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

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 11:51 PM

Drum sanders rule…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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Bob A in NJ

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#5 posted 01-18-2011 02:43 AM

All great looking boards. Thanks so much for giving the widths/plans.


-- Bob A in NJ

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 02:50 AM

Just amazing work. Nicely done as usual.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 03:44 AM

Thank you all. I truly appreciate the kind comments.

@Bob A, if you ever see something I’ve done and want to know how, please ask. I’m always willing to help others avoid my silly errors along the way.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 10:07 AM

Those are so cool.

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#9 posted 01-18-2011 09:21 PM

Very nice job, but you know that these edge grain cutting boards are just a ploy to get us to buy drum sanders from the BIG DRUMSANDER INDUSTRY. Yes the truth is out there, cutting boards come in all shapes and sizes, but at one point someone decided that edge grain cutting boards were superior. And that someone is the BIG DRUMSANDER CONSPIRACY. Yes, just try making an edge grain cutting board without a drumsander, especially 15 of them for Christmas presents.

So let the truth be known about the DRUMSANDER INDUSTRY, and don’t get me started on the ORBITAL SANDER REPLACEMENT PAD ripoff.

Oh by the way, great job on your projects, they inspired me to make jome great Christmas presents. Look forward for your next projects.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#10 posted 01-19-2011 04:06 AM

Dear Richard,

On behalf of me and my coworkers here at Jet/Performax Industries, we thank you for your patronage and look forward to your next purchase of one of our superior drum sanders needed in all wood working projects.

Kidding of course. I’m not a salesman, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night.

I hear you on the consumer draw of drum sanders. I was shocked at how pricey they were. Plenty of folks here on LJs have made their own, but I’m afraid that project alone would end my woodworking hobbies.

While they aren’t absolutely required for cutting boards, they sure do take the sting out of the project and leave you with some pretty square pieces of silky smooth wood. If you monetize your time (hours saved), you can justify selling out and becoming one of us who took the bait.

Glad I could inspire.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#11 posted 01-26-2011 06:48 PM

Nice boards. No, VERY nice cutting boards. I’m guessing the “2-3-4-3” referrs to the length of the sections that make up a row? And flipped for the adjacent rows? And how thick do you make these? Thanks.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 01-26-2011 07:12 PM

Thank you @rance. Yes, the 2-3-4-3 refers to inches in width of original sticks, Totals 12” which easily fits through my planer. Yes, each odd row is rotated 180 degrees. I shoot for just over 1.5” in thickness knowing that some is removed in sanding and flattening. I have done boards up to 2”, however some of the denser hardwoods can get heavy in a hurry.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#13 posted 03-03-2011 09:57 PM

Very nice looking boards. Beautiful wood choices. Just got my Performax 16-32 this morning so I’m glad to see you find a drum sander worthwhile. I’m very new to woodworking but enjoy the cutting board phenomenom. I posted one of mine but have hesitated with others after seeing the kind of work and design from you, degoose, SPalm and others. I’m going to have to start asking for more tutorials because I can’t always figure out how you guys create some of those patterns.

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#14 posted 09-29-2016 10:43 PM

Love these. I’ve been making mine with smaller and more pieces, and I like how beefy the bigger pieces make it look. Definitely going to try your 2-3-4-3.

-- Jordan, Chicago, not allowed near saws or goats. Or goats with saws.

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