A few more cutting boards

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Project by Don posted 02-18-2011 03:14 PM 1956 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey folks…..

Board #1 – Cherry, Mahogany and Hickory with Padauk accent strips. I wanted to try something different for the accent strips so I had a quick look around the shop and found a lonely looking piece of Padauk sitting by himself.

I was asked to do an end grain Walnut for a lady at work measuring 12×16”. Board #3 started out being that board but when the dust had settled and all the machines were turned off, the board only measured about 12” x 14. After a lot of head scratching and trial and error, I supplemented the Walnut with some Sapele I had sitting around. I told her about my gaff and went out and purchased a 6’ piece of 8/4 Walnut and went back to the workshop to make Board #2. Now she has a choice.

Board #2 – All Walnut.

Board #3 – Walnut and Sapele.

Board #4 is a love/hate project. As I was building it, I hated it, especially when I knew the amount I was charging was no where near what it should have been. A hasty figure thrown at the gent which seemed outrageous (high) at the time seemed quite small when all was said and done. Live and learn. I thought it would be cool to make a board from a bunch of individual pieces but my enthusiasm waned and died after row 10. Once it was all together, I was happy with it. After the third coat of Mineral Oil, it cupped by 1/2” in the centre. It was either the change in humidity or the fact that all three coats of oil were applied to the same side. I was frantic and posted in the forums about it. Two LJ’s came to my aid and after much oil and clamping, the cup is now about 1/8”, no more that that…..whew!

Board #4 – The Beast! 12” x 36” x 1 1/5 Maple. I have absolutely no idea how that lone piece that shines so bright and sticks out like a sore thumb got there but it’s all Maple.

All boards were sanded to 180 grit and finished with 3 or 4 coats of Mineral Oil and Chapmans Beeswax to top it off. The Beast was the one I posted about suddenly cupping on me, almost by 1/2”. The cupping settled down after much oil and clamping to a point where it’s not even noticeable anymore.

Thanks for looking….critique where necessary

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 03:52 PM

Very nice work Don!

-- "aim small miss small" m g breedlove

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 04:49 PM

All outstanding, Don.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 06:36 PM

Its to god to be used for cutting. Why not a piece of furniture or something like that?

-- My English and my woodworking are matching skills.

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#4 posted 02-18-2011 07:34 PM

outstanding work, very well done…..congrats !

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 08:19 PM

Very nice boards. I like them all.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 10:23 PM

I especially like the three colours in the first and the grain orientation and flow of the second…
Keep on cutting.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 02-19-2011 04:27 PM

Don, they really turned out great. Excellent work. That walnut board turned out awesome. And I love the woods used on the drunken board.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#8 posted 03-02-2011 02:40 PM

fine design

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#9 posted 12-06-2013 07:27 AM

Don, too bad the one with the Padauk accent strips didn’t turn out flat … good looking optical conclusion

You do make some GOOD looking BB! Every one is well one!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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