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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 03-16-2011 09:14 PM 2095 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to visit my mom in AZ on her birthday (93 years old) in Feb and while there my sister and niece saw my projects and ordered some LVDTs to be sent to them in Neb. So, here are some they got to choose from. All of the pictures are numbered so we can talk about the correct item. #2 is made from some of the bamboo flooring I got from LJ EROCK. #6 started out as a McCleanVA inspired zig zag pattern but during glue up I discovered it was cupping. The best fix was to turn it into oval. The lesson here is that now I run EVERY glue edge piece thru the drum sander prior to glueing so I have parallel edges. Seems to work so far.

#5 is the standard zig zag pattern from Chris. Nice pattern and very easy with the pattern that Chris supplied.

#4 is just a pattern that I came up with using the basic 2-3-4-3 pattern from Chris. While making this one the light FINALLY came on. ANY pattern will work. The key is figuring out how wide you want the board and then making sure that the long grain layout IS NOT CENTERED.

I made up 12 different boards for them to choose from but decided not to download them all.

Comments and question always welcome.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 09:18 PM


These look great! Did you use a computer program to lay out the pattern or another method? Awsome work!

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#2 posted 03-16-2011 09:31 PM

cool stuff…Sure would be difficult to pick from just these, much less 12 of them. WOW

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#3 posted 03-16-2011 09:41 PM

Some really nice designs. I like the one with the rounded corners best… I think. The others are really nice also.

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

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#4 posted 03-16-2011 09:44 PM

Outstanding…I especially like the last one..
I did however notice that the grain orientation on the 3rd board is rotated on the 5th row from the bottom.. and there seems to be a little glue slip in number 4.
As to the oval shape… I think it is a winner.. and number 2 is such a wonderful flowing pattern..
Keep up the good work and I look forward to more.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#5 posted 03-16-2011 09:50 PM

lostandfound (Scott) – no computer program. That’s what I was trying to say. The pattern is so simple, THERE IS NO PATTERN. In the standard 2,3,4,3 pattern there’s no one board that is centered. In a long grain board layout we center one board and add to that with equal sized pieces on each side. The pieces added aren’t usually the same size as the center board but IS the same size as it’s counterpart on the otherside. The pattern here is that no one board is centered in the middle of the finished long grain layout prior to cutting strips and turning on end. NOW, when you cut the strips from the long grain layout and turn every other one 180 degrees, THAT’S when the end grain pattern appears. That’s what I did with #4. You are not restricted by any certain pattern, let your imagination go wild. One caution though, choose your wood colors so that they contrast each other (this is major). What you finish it with also affects the end result as well. I have found that mineral oil will REALLY darken some of my South American hardwoods so much that it almost turns them black and detracts from the grain beauty. I’m going to take McCleanVA’s suggestion and try the 50/50 solution as he says it doesn’t darken the colors as much and lets the beauty of the grain jump out. Now I know that MO will make the spalting in maple just JUMP right out at you and make it a striking beauty.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#6 posted 03-16-2011 10:03 PM

Right you are mate. NOTHING slips by the MASTER. That cherry purple heart zig zag did slip and that I think is one of the first ones I noticed the cupping and had to figure out a fix. I think I mentioned to McClean that I had a FUBAR a few months back and that’s it. At one time I had thrown this one into the scrap bin but later I pulled it out and tried to save it. I think my glue up has improved but I tell ya, IT AIN”T EASY. That’s one reason you haven’t seen me post any really segmented items like you put out. I’m amazed at your glue ups and think WOW, too much for my pea brain or patients…....The grain orintation, I think I had a bad spot on the otherside and wanted it on the botton. Problem is, I ended sanding it out anyway.
Thanks for the comments Larry (do I get a passing grade the semister).


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 03-17-2011 01:31 AM

Jim, I would give you a passing grade, although i only teach elementary subjects. However, I would need to have a couple of the boards in my possession for a better analysis! Nice work, I would bet you have gotten better with 12 of these done. I think DeGoose has a magnifying screen on his computer. or younger eyes than mine.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 03-17-2011 03:22 AM

Nice designs. What is LVDT?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#9 posted 03-17-2011 03:34 AM

Hey Jim – them is some mighty fine looking boards – nicely done! The glueups are hectic and kind of stressful at times….....I have plenty of examples that will never grace the pages of this fine site! Will have to give those zig zag boards a whirl here soon…..Thanks for sharing.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 03-17-2011 04:06 PM

Jim, What a great set of boards. You really did an awesome job on these. The bamboo turned out really well. The oval zig zag board, although not originally planned as an oval, is really cool looking. I love the shape. And the grains on #12 are wild. Excellent work. I’m humbled that you knocked out 12 boards. Wow.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#11 posted 03-17-2011 04:09 PM

TopamaxSurvivor – LVDT, this is an acronym that was coined about a year ago by a Beltwayite. It is now an acronym that is used by the cutting board club and also serves as the “Price of Admission” into this club. There are two requirements to join this group of misfits. 1. Make & submit, as a project, a cutting board. 2. Tell us what the acronym LVDT stands for (a tiny bit of research will reveal this, & I mean TINY). HINT, check out the guy above this entry….........

ALL – Degoose was absolutly correct in calling me out on my mistakes. I think of him as one of the masters and would expect nothing else. Until you try a segmented glue up where the pattern is precise you really don’t know how difficult it is. Board #6 (or photo #4) was when I really noticed the cupping or bowing of the pieces in the glue up process. I figured out that I needed to run each piece thru the sander to get the glueing edges correct. Without that nothing will correct the slippage. Other slippage is corrected by a straight edge clamped to the outside edge of the glued pieces. These are all things that you learn during initial construction of this type of board. The grain direction problem. Just plain oversight and not understanding that THAT is an important aspect of the beauty of the board. On board #12 (Pic #2) as I cut the strips from the long grain layout I kept them in order and then numbered them so I could keep them in order. During layout I did move some of them around as I wanted the light colored triangle area to grow as it progressed in the length of the board. Keeping the pieces in order as cut keeps grain and stain distinctions in a nice flow and will also add to the pattern beauty. Another thing I learned on these is the choice of woods and color arrangement, this is very important as well as how and what you use to finish the board as that will alter the end color result.

Chris, pics #1,2 & 5 are ones that are being shipped to Neb. AND, as per our agreement, Neb is WEST of the Mississippi :-) LOL

Again, THANK YOU for viewing and making comments.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#12 posted 04-15-2011 07:27 PM

Not sure how I missed this when you first posted it.
These are some great designs.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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