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Project by OhioPumpGuy posted 02-15-2011 02:23 AM 1590 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this board for my wife for Valentines Day. This is my third board in 2011. Much like the others, this was planed (end-grain too) with the DeWalt 735 series planer. I have had great luck with this planer with 172 CPI mode, clean rollers and a clean feed plate. The board was finished with 80 then 150 then 120 then 220 sandpaper followed with several coats of mineral oil. I kept the long grain Wenge at the edges of the board to prevent them from being regularly cut. I primarily used the Wenge to (a) add a decorative look to the board and (b) add width and length to the board. Overall dimensions are 14.5” x 25” x 2”

PS – the board is perfectly rectangular; the camera is what makes it look oblong.

The gift was a success.





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JL7

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 02:40 AM

Very nicely done…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 02:43 AM

Very Nice! How was it working with the rock maple?

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 03:09 AM

rock maple is great. its name is quite deceiving in that it cuts and sands very easily. the whole key with planing end grain RM is sharp knives, clean rollers with each pass (with air) a clean feed table and less than 1/64th material over a 13” planing span. tearout on the trailing edge is guaranteed but the tablesaw cleans that up in the final steps.

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 03:18 AM

Did you get any burning while you were working it? If you did, it must have sanded off. It looks great!

-- christopheralan http://www.projectwoodworks.com

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 04:18 AM

no burning during the planing process. On the initial cutting of the Rock Maple planks, there was a slight amount of burning but that got planed off.

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 04:24 AM

I don’t plane my boards anymore—lost a few. Probably need to sharpen my blades, but just too risky.

I do the router sled now… works fine.

I love the way maple looks—especially when there’s some character in the wood. Nice job!

-- http://woodwork.me

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 04:27 AM

Thanks BVD – can you post your router sled layout? How do you secure the cutting board to keep it from moving?

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 02:15 AM

5th picture on this project:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/43082

Look closely on the right side of the pic and you will see one of two clamps that hold the board.

The ply the cutting board sits on is loose (not being held by clamping)—it was just used to raise the board so the bit could get at it.

-- http://woodwork.me

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 07:18 AM

bvd thanks for the info. I like the juice jig and will use that for sure.

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