Not cutting boards, but decorative hot plates.

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Project by coondoggie posted 03-01-2011 10:32 PM 2229 views 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two decorative hotplate holders. Tumbling blocks, and a tight weave. This is the first time I attempted these 2 patterns.. I didnt want another cutting board,,,so I put 4 coats of poly on them ,and shined them with rubbing compound,and finishing wax. both came out nice,but with a handful of errors… next time will be the nice boards… these are really neat projects…and I plan to do more in the future,with a variety of hardwoods..

-- ~ Mark Smaltz Tech Ed Teacher , Nokesville Va ~

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 01:39 AM

Love the patterns, they really look great. I really like the weave. Keep up the great work! What did you use between the blocks in the weave pattern?

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 04:16 AM

really like the weave pattern—how is that done?

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 05:06 PM

The wood in the weave pattern is Oak, and Mahogony
The weave is very easy…I took a long piece of oak about 36” in length, 1 1/2 ” Wide
and glued 2 strips of Mahogony to each side…same length, but 1/8 ” wide
then planed the board(or belt sand) to make everything even …about 3/4 ” thick
Then on the chop saw,or table saw, cut the long 36” oak and mahogony board in perfect squares
The squares need to be Exactly the same size ( L X W)
then rotate the patern ,and glue up …then sand .
( Hope this helps)

-- ~ Mark Smaltz Tech Ed Teacher , Nokesville Va ~

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 09:07 PM

Might I suggest that the grain patterns in the tumbling blocks are rotated perpendicular to each other i.e. endgrain to long grain on each side.

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