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Project by JoeinDE posted 942 days ago 2617 views 8 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was the second end-grain board that I have made. Like my first this was also given as a gift this Christmas.

The woods used were maple, cherry, beech, purpleheart and anigre (Bolivian? walnut). The board is 11” x 15” x 0.9” with a 3/8” roundover on the edges. The finish is mineral oil. Flattening was done by router on my router planing jig (shown with my previous board in it).




Surfacing was done via belt sander followed by final smoothing with card scrapers.

I was hoping for more contrast between the beech and the cherry, although there is more contrast between those two on this board than on my previous end-grain board. I was also hoping for more distinction between the purpleheart and the anigre, but they blended together.

I used the cutting board design freeware again and you can see the board that I was attempting to make in the 6th pic. The fifth pic is the dry fit before glue-up to show the changes in the wood once the oil soaks in. The 3rd and the 4th pics are to show how much of a difference the lighting can make in the appearance of the board (the 4th pic was without flash and some retouching via photo editing software).

The board design makes me think of the gears on a clock or in an engine, the way that the beech strips are almost meshing with each other – hence the title.

As always, I am more than happy to listen to comments and critiques.

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





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amagineer

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#1 posted 942 days ago

I like the CB design. As to the contrast, it looks fine. I have used alot of purpleheart, anigre, yellowheart and other colorful woods, and depending on where I purchase it, sometimes it will come in with beautiful bright colors and sometimes very dull looking. But, that’s what gives the wood project uniqueness.
-Don

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

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Michael Wilson

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#2 posted 942 days ago

An awfully pretty board.

Do you have more information about those jigs kicking around someplace? I’ve been screwing up my boards pretty steadily for want, I think, of something like that.

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degoose

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#3 posted 942 days ago

Nice board..and a nice jig.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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JoeinDE

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#4 posted 942 days ago

MadwilliamFlint – I can’t take credit for the jig design. I based it on ghazard’s design
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/11212
He used angle iron for his rails, I used angled aluminum from one of the big box stores (its much easier to cut), but other than that they are identical. He based his design on oldskoolmodder’s. The jig is fairly simple and relatively cheap to build.

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

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 942 days ago

Very nice job well done.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Snookie

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#6 posted 942 days ago

I like the design & all the different woods you used! Job well done!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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SCBryan

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#7 posted 942 days ago

Very Nice cutting board. I like the contrasting woods.

-- Bryan, South Carolina

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Blackie_

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#8 posted 941 days ago

Looks nice

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Philzoel

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#9 posted 941 days ago

Very nice board. Worked good.

Nice router leveler. Never ever thought of that. I’ve done the final I leveling many Ways. 40 grit sand paper and Cabinet scraper was my final effort until I bought the jet 16/32 sander. The last board I made took so little effort, I felt like I was cheating.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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