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Project by McLeanVA posted 03-03-2011 09:20 PM 2087 views 11 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

LCDT? Wait, doesn’t he mean LVDT? Nope.

These are Legless “Cheese” Death Tables, not to be confused with their much larger and end-grainier Legless “Vegetable” Death Table cousins.

I created a batch of 11 of these for a few reasons:

1. I wanted to experiment ripping thin strips on my new bandsaw.
2. I had a great amount of leftover sticks from previous end grain LVDTs that were too small to use.
3. I had some great curly maple I bought from LJ poroskywood and needed a project to reveal it
4. I needed a break from staring at too many end grains.
5. I needed to coin a new LJ acronym.

These are nothing special in terms of design. Just pairing different species together with various widths to see what I could come up with. Some of you have raised the bar in the LVDT/cutting board area the past few months with ridiculous patterns (LJs: GaryK, patron, SPalm, degoose, etc.) I am in constant awe of your talents. You guys are the magnetic vortex that pulls me into LJs every day. I thank you for that.

Species used in the pairings: Sapele, Cherry, Maple, Curly Maple, Walnut, Bloodwood, Padouk.

Last photo shows the stack pre-finish and before routing the recessed handles.

Thanks for looking. I hope these inspire.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.





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RexMcKinnon

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#1 posted 03-03-2011 09:38 PM

Cool, you got enough to take on an army of cheddar.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Don

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#2 posted 03-03-2011 09:40 PM

LCDT’s :o)

Die you horrible cheese, die!

I love some of the amazing patterns LJ’s come up with but sometimes, simple is very nice and appealing to look at.

Very nice boards Chris….

Inspire? Hell yes.

-- -- Don in Ottawa, http://www.donebydon.ca

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McLeanVA

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#3 posted 03-03-2011 09:43 PM

Rex – Yes indeed. Dairy beware.

Don – Thank you. I’ve always been drawn to simple patterns. Maybe I have a simple mind. My favorite is the long sapele with maple pinstripes. Really understated and allows the food/cheese presented to take center stage.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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CrossGrain (Josh)

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#4 posted 03-03-2011 09:43 PM

Definitely inspiring! I like the wood combinations. Is the finish the popular 50/50 mineral spirts and salad bowl finish?

-- Josh, Virginia , http://crossgrain.wordpress.com

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 03-03-2011 09:48 PM

Yup, They both inspire and impress.

Great looking boards.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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McLeanVA

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#6 posted 03-03-2011 09:49 PM

Josh – Yes it is. 50/50.

I started going 50/50 with the first 2 coats and about 70sbf/30ms on the following few coats. It allows (in my mind anyhow) the finish to be drawn into the thirsty wood and then allows a bit of finish building in the end.

For these LCDTs I sanded lightly with 400 grit in between coats, and before the last coat sanded with #0000 steel wool. May be overkill, but they seriously are as smooth as marble. At least until folks start drawing blades across them.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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McLeanVA

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#7 posted 03-03-2011 09:52 PM

Lee – Thank you. From looking at your cookbook stands, you are no novice when it comes to the curly maple love.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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WoodArtbyJR

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 10:45 PM

OK Chris, this has got to stop. I am presently working on some endgrain boards that I had a malfunction with so I had to change their shape. I had planned on posting them soon and call them. You guessed it, LCDT. I made them round and oblong. Well my friend, you beat me to the punch. Creative minds do think alike. I, like you, end up with a lot of smaller pieces of stock so I end up making smaller death tables. When I am able to get some maple as nice as what you have there I have a little dream. Maple like that from my recycled wood stocks are few and far between but I keep hoping. Nice job on the LCDTs and it’s good to hear from you.

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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McLeanVA

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 11:22 PM

Jim – That’s hilarious. What a great coincidence. I’ll let you take the West Coast and claim the term as your own. I’ll take the East Coast. No selling these LCDT’s on my side of the Mississippi. Got it? :)

I’m excited to see what you made. PM me when you post. Great to hear from you too.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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WoodArtbyJR

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#10 posted 03-03-2011 11:33 PM

When I said “malfunction” I meant I SCREWED UP so I am correcting my flaw and so the LDT will have a different shape then originally planned (know what I mean). I will post shortly and pm you when I do.
Take care my friend

Jim

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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Monty Queen

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#11 posted 03-03-2011 11:37 PM

Nice job on those cutting boards. Look great.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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CiscoKid

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#12 posted 03-03-2011 11:38 PM

Those look amazing. How thick was the stock that you used? Any more photos of the process?

Incidentally – I own a USDA inspected dairy and have a Grade A cheesemaking license.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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McLeanVA

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#13 posted 03-04-2011 12:05 AM

Qmoney – Thank you very much.

Al – All of the wood started as rough 4/4. Jointed/Planed. Set the table saw fence at 1.75” and left it there for an entire day just ripping blanks (sticks). Ripped a pile of about 120 sticks. Then took some to the bandsaw and set my fence to 1/16”, 1/8”, 1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4” and ripped some more. Left with giant piles of sticks of various widths. Sorry, I didn’t take step by step pics. Just simple edge gluing and clamping. I had no clue you were a dairy man. I just visited Athenry farms in Aldie this weekend with the kids and picked up some awesome cheeses. Thanks for the compliments. You headed to Dulles expo next weekend?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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CiscoKid

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#14 posted 03-04-2011 06:10 PM

I would love to go to the Expo Center but I just don’t see it happening. Meeting on Friday that I can’t miss, selling cheese in Manassas on Saturday, and working in the dairy on Sunday. Oh well, I would have just spent money anyway. ; ) Thanks for the information on your cheese boards. The dairy operation started out as a hobby and got carried away. Now we are a legit, state-inspected operation. It is a seven day a week job even without all the baby goats to bottle feed.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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degoose

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#15 posted 03-09-2011 05:39 AM

I started with these style boards and am thinking seriously of going back to them… and also going back to my LLs where it all started…back to my roots…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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