Tis the season to make boards

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Project by shopdog posted 12-12-2011 03:30 PM 2633 views 11 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my deck building season over, I’m getting some more shop time…so more cutting boards.
I have a ton of Ipe cutoffs from deck jobs, so it’s my default dark wood.

#1) 1.5” thick x 11×13 Ipe with maple accents. It’s heavy, and I put feet on 1 side, to ease lifting.

#2) 1” x 11” x 16” Ipe and cherry cafe wall board. I have had this one on my to-do list for awhile.

Finished with mineral oil

I have a few more that I am working on

Thanks for viewing.

-- Steve--

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 03:48 PM

‘tis indeed the season

ipe you have the wood

well done

-- 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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#2 posted 12-12-2011 04:58 PM

I like the designs. I have never used ipe wood and I know how hard it is, but I was wondering if you have trouble sanding it.

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

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 05:31 PM

Nice job on both boards, Steve. The ipe one has nice symmetry within the pattern. Thanks for sharing these.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 06:57 PM

Thanks for the comments.

Whether sanding Ipe decks, or cutting boards, I use my ROS, and start with a 40 or 50 grit disk.
For decks, that’s as far as I go. With crafts, the first grit should eliminate scratches, and then I move on to 120, and then 220. With cutting boards, I then apply mineral oil, and look to see if I missed any blemishes. If not, I finish by buffing with about a 1000 grit disk…done.

-- Steve--

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 09:11 PM

Noice… very noice…
the Cafe Wall is one I have not done… must attempt it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-13-2011 06:30 PM

Really nice work Steve. I can tell that you spent the required time in the sanding process. Really outstanding boards.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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