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Project by derosa posted 05-02-2011 06:43 AM 1471 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’d seen a couple of these on here and decided I had to make a pair of them. I managed to glue them up just before the arrival of a baby, new job, and a move so it has been about 8 months since glue up.

The wood is mahogany from my grandpa’s burn pile, padauk, and left over strips from building the crib. The only serious mistake I made was cutting with the grain first which means it is weaker, that’ll be fixed on the next pair. Minor mistake was not using a more proper band saw blade.

When it was first glued up I tried running this one through the planer and something about it caused it to be badly chewed up. I had snipe that was up to 1/16” deep in spots despite using a new set of blades that have still been working fine on other projects. Since putting it aside I started on hand tools, jointing, thickness planing and smoothing were all done with a 30s era stanley #5 that I picked up for 25.00 and a edges were done with a 12.00 1898 stanley #220 block plane. Once everything was smoothed I hit it with 180, 220, and 280 grit paper and butcher block oil. I probably could have skipped the 180 grit. Overall I’m happy with this one and will be trying some of the others in here in the future.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse





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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 12:42 PM

Derosa, this is a good looking cutter. It has a nice pattern to it and what is not to like about the purpleheart accents.

Congrats on going the neanderthal route as well. This is an aspect of woodworking that I have tended to neglect and have a great deal of admiration for those who choose to use hand tools.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 04:19 PM

very nice! I like the pattern a lot

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ChrisCrafts

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 07:36 PM

Nice looking board! Power Planing is not the best option for end grain cutting boards. I had a knife fly out of one and stick into the garage door planing an end grain board once. Now I either use my drum sander, but have had success with a handheld belt sander. Sadly RA keeps me from using my vintage stanley planes for anything more than decoration.

-- Chris, Washington The State! http://www.chris-crafts.com

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#4 posted 05-03-2011 02:47 AM

When I look at the pattern it makes me stop and admire the whole board, like one of those adstract paintings. Nice job with the wood types.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 05-03-2011 06:41 PM

I’ll double that warning about using a planer on end grain cutting boards, I’ve got a bucket of little pieces of wood to remind me. Beautiful board.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 05-05-2011 05:11 AM

Wow i really like the pattern, would like to try and make one of these, really catching your eye and makes you look more….

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#7 posted 05-13-2011 04:02 AM

Very nice board : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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