hummingbird cheese board - quick 20 minute gift

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Project by lawrence posted 06-27-2012 02:48 AM 1610 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We spent a very nice time last weekend at a friend’s family ranch in Sedona last weekend, and I wanted to make a quick cheese board for the family matriarch, a lovely 93-year old lady. She seemed to have a lot of large cutting boards that she would have trouble holding so I thought I’d make her a VERY quick little board. From grabbing the mesquite from the scrap bin to putting the workpiece on the painting pyramids w/mineral spirits on it took approx. 20 minutes including programming.

It is about 8×14 in size and is 1/2 inch thick.

This is a great example of how the Carvewright can make a cutout easy…

The piece itself was not cut out, but I used the same 60 degree bit to make a groove where I wanted it to be cut out… this made cutting it the whole way through on the bandsaw VERY easy and the layout was definitely quicker. The overall carve, including the outer edge “score” took about 4 minutes. I then filled the hummingbird groove with 1 minute epoxy mixed with turquoise inlace dust. After it cured, I used a hand plane to remove the excess epoxy and prep the board for finish. The final edge was finished on my ridgid osc. belt sander (perfect for this project) and a quick chamfer on the router table.

Thanks as always for looking,

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 03:05 AM

nice little cutting board. I have not yet invested in a CNC carving machine. How has your experiecne been with the Carvewright?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 06-27-2012 03:18 AM

Great looking board, very nice gesture and gift.
I gotta say I was a little disappointed when I read that it was done with CNC. It’s like the legendary Sam Maloof said about CNC’s, “What’s the fun in that?”
Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 03:56 AM

I have such a blast with my carvewright… I get to design on the computer and then see that design come out in the wood. I’m sorry you were disappointed… but I promise that using a CNC to assist is still woodworking, and it is still VERY fun!

The CNC really is just a tool… just like any other. I could have easily created a template to mark the outside edge, but doing it with the CNC was quicker and certainly was easier. It also allowed me to play around with different patterns on the computer before I put the final piece to wood. I both appreciate and respect your opinion about CNCs though—but I’ll bet if you gave them a chance, you’d realize that it is more than just “point and click” woodworking.

Woodbridge, my experience with my CW has been awesome. I really do love mine. This being said, there seems to be quite a few folks that have issues with theirs, but thank goodness I’m not one of them. I think a lot of the problems come when folks don’t learn to use it and just dive in—breaking their machines in the process. The Carvewright forum has lots of folks that got me started off right and I highly recommend it.

I have quite a bit of stuff in my portfolio that I made with my Carvewright and you are welcome to view it here

I really am just a hobbiest, but I do have fun!


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#4 posted 06-27-2012 05:26 AM

This board is beautiful. I love the curved shape and hummingbird. What a thoughtful thing to do. Well done!

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#5 posted 06-27-2012 10:14 AM

A very nice gift and, I agree, it’s just another tool in the bag.

I dont have one but I could see getting obsessed with using it. It would certainly open up a lot of doors. Great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 06-27-2012 12:51 PM

I think cnc routers are going to give more future woodworkers the chance to produce things we can can only imagine now. Maloof is great no doubt but if all chairs were made his way most of us would be sitting on the floor wondering why a chair has to cost $15,000.00.

-- Stephen NYS

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 02:54 AM

Glad to hear the CNC is working out for you. I may have one of those someday. I have access to the big CNC machines at work, and have used them to carve letting in plaques for relatives.

I see nothing wrong with that. You could say just about any tool ‘should not be used because it’s not true woodworking.’, but it comes down to the skill and imagination of the person using it to make something great out of a blank piece of wood or metal. It’s the kind of discussion that has no right or wrong side, IMHO.

Oh, and that’s a beautiful piece of wood.

-- -- Don from PA

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