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Project by robert triplett posted 11-29-2011 03:42 AM 1832 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make another of the zigzag boards I had for sale last Christmas. After doing 29 parent conferences, in 4 days, I was ready to relax in my shop during a few days off for Thanksgiving. I did two of different woods and showed them to the customer. She wants both of them. How greedy is that!! I was going to put one in an upcoming show. I guess I can do another. The first is Purpleheart, Walnut, and Curly Maple, with Cherry, more Maple ,and then
Walnut on the ends. The second is Padauk, Curly Maple, and Walnut, with Canarywood and Maple, and then Walnut on the ends. They are not exactly like before, but who likes to keep doing the same thing. I always want to ‘improve’ things. She likes them. I had some issues lately with the alignment of the zigzags on other boards, but I really clamped the cauls tight and nothing moved. Mineral oil and wax for a finish. They are about 14” x 20” x 3/4”

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

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#1 posted 11-29-2011 05:41 AM

Very nice boards. It is good to get you work sold. Maybe she’ll pass the word around. Nothing like word of mouth advertising!!............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-29-2011 06:32 AM

Terrific boards. How much time have you figured you have into each 1 board? Is this an Incra project? If not, how’d you do it?

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#3 posted 11-29-2011 09:00 AM

Jim, word of mouth is big in a small community. but often I get return business because I don’t have much competition. I have a day job that pays the bills and lets me do woodworking and not starve.
Toolguy65, I figure I have about 3 hours into each one. Initial cutting and gluing, zip it through the drum sander a few times, second cutting and sanding, adding the side maple and then the end Walnut, then hit it with 80 grit and then 120 and 150 on the belt sander, then 80, 100, 120, 150 on the speed block. I do use an Incra miter guage for the majority of the second cuts. Until it gets too short and then I use the regular table saw fence and a push stick. about 2 BF of wood. Most of it was $3-4.00 a BF, The Canarwood was $8.0 BF. So maybe $12.00 in wood. They sold for $70.00 each. A better return than my boxes.

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

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#4 posted 11-29-2011 11:35 AM

Nice job, I like the patterns as well. Are these edge grain or face grain? I have made over 200 board so I know what you mean about changing it up. Selling them just help me buy more tools w/o spending my own money. ( if you know what I mean.) 29 parent teacher conf. Ugg I hated when my parent went to those. LOL

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 11-29-2011 11:39 AM

The Chevron pattern really is king..

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#6 posted 11-29-2011 02:30 PM

Nice combo of wood choice on this one Robert, hope you enjoy your brief time off work. Thanks for posting BC

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#7 posted 11-29-2011 05:47 PM

I love it, well done. What angle do you cut the chevron at? Going to try my first attempt at the chevron & really don’t understand the process. Any tips or explanation to the process? thanks

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#8 posted 11-29-2011 06:59 PM

I love those. Looks like it is hard too do. I would also like to know how those are made if you dont mind sharing you process.

-- shawn murphy

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#9 posted 11-29-2011 11:43 PM

Hey Robert, nice to see you back in the shop. Woodworking is way better than parent conferences. They look really nice. Thanks for the info on build time and costs. Always nice to see those.

@smurphy: I do my chevrons at 45 degrees. You can also do some fun things with positioning the sticks after you cut them. I explained a little bit of a build process here:


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 11-30-2011 02:23 AM

I like what you have done here. Very colorful.

@ toolguy65, jomem, smurphy : Spalm’s method is how I started doing them. I have since made a simple sled and I find I get a smoother cut with it. As for what angle, I have used anywhere from 30 to 60 degrees.
Here is my process: the first half is for a typical chevron. The last half is the twist….

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#11 posted 11-30-2011 03:40 AM

jomem, I use 30 degrees for my cuts. I’m too lazy- or not artistic enough to think of changing it. Pay close attention to alignment when gluing. The lines can slip. I use cauls and a lot of small c clamps to hold it tight. I keep thinking I will build a sled just cutting for these, but then I get distracted by some other idea on this site. I did the first glue-up on another board last night after sanding on 11 boxes. Maybe I will try another angle. If I remember. These boards are not that hard to do and they impress people with your fabulous talents.
Steve and SASmith, thanks for the links. Being a student of ‘The DeGoose School of Cutting Boards’, I do like to try other approaches.

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

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#12 posted 11-30-2011 04:24 AM

Thanks for the info. So do you start w/ a simple horizontal glue up blank(like a cutting board) then cut at your choosen angle, flip every other peice & reglue to make the first chevron pattern?

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#13 posted 11-30-2011 04:52 AM

jomem, I glue-up 3 strips of 1 and 1/2 inches, 24” long, the Maple, Walnut, and Padauk(or Purpleheart) along with strips of Canarywood, or Cherry that were 2 and 1/2 inches wide. (Try to use wood with good straight, but pronounced grain. ) Glue up just like a face grain cutting board. All 24” long which yields a 17-18” zigzag blank. I sand this blank flat when dry. That is what I cut at the 30 degree angle. These cuts are 1 and 3/4” wide. Then I turn every other piece so that alternate sides are facing up. I lay the cut lines out with a big adjustable square. I line them up visually with the saw blade for each cut. I turn the saw off, reposition the wood, remove the cutoff, re-clamp, and cut another. I use a bar clamp on the miter guage, with a stop block, to keep the blank from moving side to side or back to front. For the last few cuts I use the table saw fence and a push stick. Because the edge of the blank is slanted, I use double stick tape on the pushstick to hold the wood. I replace it for each cut. It is a slow process, but it is accurate. A sled sounds easier, and probably safer. Hopes this helps.

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

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