Lumberjocks Initiation

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As a new members to Lumberjocks I realized to be one of the gang I had to make a chopping board. So here’s the first of 7 xmas presents to go out this year. Black walnut, cherry and hard maple end grain. The cherry is reclaimed form a 200 year old barn. This project reminded me how much I love sanding! I did try Norton 3×80 grit for the first time. I’ll be throwing away my other papers!


-- Don

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 03:33 PM

Nice cutting board. Keep them coming


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#2 posted 12-10-2011 03:35 PM

A real beauty. Great earthy color combo.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 03:36 PM

a board
by any other name
is still
a board

welcome to LJ’s
have some kool-aid

this is a nice board
one of many you will no doubt do

-- 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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#4 posted 12-10-2011 04:20 PM

i really like the grain orientation on the board, you paid great attention to detail. You’re now initiated .. welcome to the gang.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 12-10-2011 04:42 PM

great cutting board. It is a very nice and interesting design. I also like the way you matched the grain. It is things like that make the difference. Welcome tp LJs.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 12-10-2011 04:54 PM

Wow, excellent job with the grain orientation. Very nice!

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#7 posted 12-10-2011 04:57 PM

Thanks for the kind words on grain orientation! I have to admit that it was by happenstance. Even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then right?

-- Don

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#8 posted 12-10-2011 05:05 PM

Don, welcome to LJ. You have found a great woodworking “home”. Re. the cutting board; I was ready to give you props on sort of book-matching the growth rings, and you confess to accidental artistry. Anyway, nice job on the board….I’ll be watching for more posts.

-- jbschutz

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#9 posted 12-10-2011 05:31 PM

Simple but very good board. A closer look shows how you aligned the ring patterns of the woods very keenly.
Welcome aboard (pun intentional).

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

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#10 posted 12-10-2011 05:35 PM

You nailed grain orientation on the board, you clearly paid great attention to detail. You’re now initiated into the Board Club! The secret handshake will be sent!!!! LOL Welcome great to have you here!

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

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#11 posted 12-10-2011 05:56 PM

Nice way to make an entrance. Beautiful board ! Hope you’ll post the other six, too !

As to this ….

”Even a blind squirrel gets a nut every now and then right?”

As the LumberJocks resident blind squirrel … I’d have to say … not as often as you might think ;-)

-- -- Neil

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#12 posted 12-10-2011 07:43 PM

welcome to the club! great choice of wood and use of the grain patterns.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#13 posted 12-10-2011 10:31 PM

I think you will fit in just fine here.
Welcome to the club.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 12-11-2011 03:01 AM

I seems that a lot has been said about grain orientation.. I will not add any more… I like the concept and the execution… well done and welcome..

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#15 posted 12-11-2011 03:09 AM

I’m dismayed. You were supposed to have posted this to the “Wall Plaques” section, for I know one thing for sure – it’ll never be cut on.
Blind squirrels have a great sense of touch though, take it from 400g all the way to 2000g and see if you don’t go nuts.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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