End Grain Stripes

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Project by JL7 posted 11-20-2011 11:03 PM 2369 views 7 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And….how not to build it….

This is for a coworker, made from Yellowheart and Walnut, with a Maple (edge grain) border.

Before starting, my goal was to improve the alightment of the stripes over some of my previous efforts…..not the case. The mistake was using the band saw to cut the blanks between the first and second glueup. I was trying to save the waste from the table saw kerf…..

Not realizing the error at the time I cut them up and they were tapered a bit which made for a mis-match between the top and bottom of the board (pic 5) – and also creating a bit of a radius on the stripes (curved not straight)....oops. Live and learn.

So Lazy Larry, let me have it…........

We’ll see tomorrow if he still wants it not…...

Pic 6 is without the mineral oil.

That said, it should still serve it’s intended purpose, and like all my projects a learned as well…........

Thanks for looking.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 11-20-2011 11:14 PM

Actually it looks pretty good from here. Pic 5 looks kind of scraggly, but it seems to have recovered in pic 1.

My gosh, that is a heck of a glue-up station. You are set up big time.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 11-20-2011 11:33 PM

looks pretty good to me

learning is always good

-- 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 11-21-2011 12:11 AM

Ditto, not sure what you’re talking about, it looks fine.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-21-2011 12:42 AM

Never mention the mistakes you’ve made….. Those are what add character to the piece.
I feel certain that if you look really close at a Stickley piece of furniture you’ll be able to pick out the flaws in it.
the same goes for the little Japanese guy that got so good at joining pieces together with Dutchmen, what was his name? He probably got the idea when he had a rough spot or a knot that had to be covered up. Ummm, George Nakashima?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 11-21-2011 12:56 AM

It is only in the 5th pic of the underneath that I can discern any slippage.. Looks great from the first pic… I do enjoy the bookmatching of the dark stripes … very well done… learn from your “mistakes’ and remember to have fun..there you have it…A nice piece, nicely made… and I am envious of your glueing station.. serious clamps…
I would be proud to have it in my kitchen…the board, not the clamp station…lol

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#6 posted 11-21-2011 03:58 AM

Jeff you guys make such fine cutting boards, ( it is a cuttin board aint it? Serving tray mabee )I would want to hank them on the wall. Wow good stuff. And I am scratching my head on the third picture. What do you do clamp it up then pull it up to the ceiling to get it out of the way? Ingenious.

OK slap some cabriolet legs on it and we gat a table;)
!stun m’I em ot netsil t’noD

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 11-21-2011 04:08 AM

Hi Jeff. It looks fine from 10,000 miles away.

I canĀ“t even imagine myself cutting anything straight in the band saw. Last try to make some veneer out of a 3/4 ”, I get only two 3/16 pieces. A shame. In the Live and learn , I spend 99,9% in the learn avenue.

I love that pressing machine

-- Back home. Fernando

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#8 posted 11-21-2011 04:27 AM

Hey – appreciate all the comments….....

Yes Dave – it is a cutting board. There are so many cutting boards on this site, I thought you only need to specify that if it’s NOT a cutting board…..

The clamp rig seems to generate a lot of interest – I included a photo of it in a previous project post and somebody added it their favorites with a note “ignore the boards, check out the clamp rack”, nice…...

The pressing machine as Fernando calls it (Fernando seems to have the gift of unique names) does not actually close when clamping, only becasue the designer wasn’t smart enogh to design that in. I probably can makes a few mods to make that happen….

And Fernando – I agree with the bandsaw thing – either I need to start working with pine – or I need a much better blade – can’t seem to keep them sharp. Actually thinking about getting a carbide tipped blade…..but $200 for a 133” blade is bit of an investment and it too will go dull….....hmmmmm.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 11-21-2011 04:38 AM

Looks fine to me, I am just happy to see you using the greatest wood stash of all time : )

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#10 posted 11-21-2011 04:44 AM

Hey Shane – I’m almost out of Yellowheart :(

Thanks for the comments…


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#11 posted 11-21-2011 04:58 AM

Jeff dude its great. You ought to see the cuttin board I gave my wife. They use a prefabbed laminated beam now when they do framing over a carport door. I got the cutoff and ripped me some 45 degree edges on it and wala cutting board. So I cheated. No pretty yellow heart, its not end-grain, I didn’t do the glue up and it don’t have a pretty border like yours.
Let me borrow your pressing machine and ill clamp my head for a while and see if i turn yellow;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 11-21-2011 09:18 AM

It looks good to me, but I am learning by my mistakes also.
I guess the question is when do you reach that Zen moment
and become that perfect wood worker that you want to be????

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#13 posted 11-21-2011 02:55 PM

Looks fine to me. As others have said only pic 5 shows up any problems.

I would have thought that by staggering the rows by half a block width alignment problems would be minimised. Just a thought.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 11-21-2011 03:49 PM

Looks great from here!

-- Chesapeake Bob, Southern Maryland

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#15 posted 11-22-2011 06:06 AM

Wow, that is awesome work! Almost makes me want to pursue my first cutting board project…


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

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