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Project by Kelen posted 12-15-2011 08:22 PM 1186 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Made out of purpleheart and white ash. Originally was going to be given to a Christmas party gift exchange at work but I decided to keep this one. It has some peculiar dark spotting in some of the ash strips that unfortunately would not sand away, guess I’ll have to be more observant going forward when I do the initial glue up. I had mistakenly assumed they were burn marks when I ripped them. Oh well, it adds some character.

Not having a drum sander in my shop, this will probably be one of my last cutting boards for a while.





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MShort

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 09:52 PM

Great wood combo. Hard to part with a nice cutting board. I would be tempted to keep it as well.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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JoeinDE

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 09:53 PM

Nice board. There are three options for end grain cutting board if you don’t have a drum sander (and it seems like many of us don’t). You can use other powered sanders but this is very time consuming and not tremendously effective on end-grain. You can use card scrapers, which is more effective, but still tedious and labor intensive (somwhat), or you can use a router planing jig. I use the router planing jig and then do final smoothing with scrapers. I’ve gotten some very smooth boards out of this technique.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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Kelen

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 09:57 PM

Thanks JoeinDE. I’ve defaulted to power sanders – use my belt sander to do the initial flatenning and then switching over some of my ROS as well sand it smooth. It gets the job done, just more time consuming compared to if I had a drum sander. The router planing jig sounds like a good option, I’ll have to try that out next time. Thanks for the info.

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Pdub

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 10:26 PM

I don’t think anyone would mind the marks. Like you said, it adds character. Nice lookin C/B.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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ohwoodeye

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#5 posted 12-15-2011 10:33 PM

I agree with Pdub, I don’t think anyone would mind the marks especially since they are not woodworking mistakes (accidental gouge, poor cut etc) it is just an element in the wood. Also given the fact that they will be dragging a knife across it!

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Bearpaw

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 01:48 AM

Good looking board. You may want to look at my page for a router planer jig that I made for a different type of project. The secret to it is to use a large diameter bowel bit.

-- "When we build, let us think we build forever." John Ruskin

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Kelen

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 02:03 AM

Thanks Bearpaw. I’ll check it out.

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