Getting me OFF of probation

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Project by NBeener posted 05-17-2011 11:22 PM 3658 views 1 time favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know, and have always known, that all of the rest of you, AND this site, have been kind to me, and patient with me.

And I know I’ve been on probation for the entire time that I’ve been a LumberJock.

Because … I’ve NEVER BUILT a cutting board !

I know. Hard to believe, huh ?

Well … today … I submit that I’m eligible to have the probation LIFTED :-)

Her stats:

- Dimensions: ~ 18” x 9” x 7/8” thick
- Materials: walnut, oak, and hard maple
- Breadboard ends: walnut. Tongue and groove
- Joinery: used my big, fat Amana 1-7/8” edge joint router bit
- Glue: Titebond III
- Finish: sanded to 320, then … hit with (double-boiler concocted) beeswax and food-grade mineral oil

I’ve got some cutoffs floating around, and a date to go buy more, on Friday. I think I’m postponing the furniture projects ($$$$) for a while, and will likely build some cutting boards and boxes.

I just figured out what probably 90% of you always knew: these little guys are FUN :-)

Thanks for stopping by !

-- -- Neil

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 11:30 PM

Oh goodness. That means that I must be on probation because I have not only, NEVER made a cutting board, I have no intentions to do so in the near future. Not that I don’t think they are cool. My SWMBO (she who must be obeyed) does not like wooden cutting boards. She believes that they are a breeding ground for bacteria so, at least so far, have not had a need to make one. However, I have made a trivet/hot pad or two. Does that count?

Beener – Nice cutting board. Well done. Thanks for posting.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 11:32 PM

well done there newbie

i vote for your freedom

that you may enjoy
the shop and your tools more

with this new learning place
you have shown a great talent
and interest in

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 11:42 PM

Well done. I like the bread board ends

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 11:42 PM

Wow! Your FIRST VBOD, eh? I would’ve never guessed looking at this one – very nice.

I second Patron’s motion to lift your parole. Unless anyone objects, I say way we pass it to the COTB for final approval….......... What do you say Larry?


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 11:45 PM

Nicely done Neil. So you’re saying I’m still on double secret probation? :(

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 11:46 PM

Nice cutting board!

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Chuck Anstrom

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 11:52 PM

Great cutting board.

I watched a show on Woodsmith last week about making cutting boards. One of the key items I noted was adding a cross grain strip at the end, as you have done, is a good idea. But… the main portion of the board will expand/contract while the cross grain strip will not. The solution was to drill three pegs at each end attaching the gross grain strip to the board. The center peg was drilled and glued. The two holes for the pegs at each side were oblong (by 100% of the peg diameter) and were not glued except to the top. This allowed the board to shrink/expand and the pegs kept the end cross grain strip attached to the board.

-- Chuck Anstrom - Virginia

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#8 posted 05-18-2011 12:01 AM

Chuck: I saw the same episode.

But what I did NOT do … for whatever reason … is remember that, as I attached the end.

Of course, I realized it the next day.

D’OH !

I’m crossing my fingers that this one will NOT self-destruct, over time, but … yeah … should have pegged it, and wallowed out the holes in the tongue, itself.

Thanks for the comments, all !

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 05-18-2011 12:05 AM

well well well…a new kid on the block…LOL…what have we here…oh goodness, she is a beauty..i love it…you have come off probation in a big way…i love the ends…nice exposed joinery…good colors …you get a high five from this guy…yea these and boxes pretty much are instant gratification..congrats on this one…maybe some trivets to match would be cool…your kitchen will be styling..i might even do a few trivets…pure inspiration…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#10 posted 05-18-2011 12:19 AM

Welcome to the “club”, Neil. Now that you have made one… well, there will be more… and more… and more!
Look at poor Degoose… he is a legend in his own time thanks to those boards!
Very nice design and execution.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 05-18-2011 12:24 AM

Got yer voting rights restored?
I’m still a miscreant. Wife loves her UHMW board. I did cut it out for her.
Not as classy as yours, though.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 05-18-2011 12:35 AM

Good for you. Looks great too. Love the wood choice.

I still need to make one,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 05-18-2011 12:57 AM

Nice! But this post lays bare the fact that I’m permamently probated…

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#14 posted 05-18-2011 01:01 AM

breadboarded, nice touch!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#15 posted 05-18-2011 01:10 AM

Nice job, Neil.

You’re not quite off probation, but we’ll take your ankle bracelet off. :-)

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

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