Round of 17 cheese boards

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Project by McLeanVA posted 10-08-2012 03:34 PM 4655 views 53 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished my latest round of 17 LCDT’s (legless cheese death tables). Ongoing joke with some fellow LumberJocks.

Broad mix of species, but I stuck to a very popular shape/style that I created in my previous batch. Happy to report that they all sold just over 48 hours to friends, family and coworkers.

Would be happy to answer any questions, but they are very straight forward and nothing really special in terms of cutting boards. They are all around 1.5” thick with varying lengths of 13” – 15” in length. Had a great time with my 6 year old daughter in piecing together the patterns from my lumber stock. She got to be an artist and I got to teach her a bit about creating contrast in colors and thickness.

All finished with 4 coats of Salad Bowl finish mixed with mineral spirits. Smooth as granite and perfectly balanced with zero wobble.

For those wondering what the number are for in the photos. Here is the answer. I take a photo of each board and post them on my blog. I send out an email and have people “claim” their boards by number. The first person to respond via email for each board gets that particular board. As they sell, I mark them as “SOLD” on the blog. Usually doesn’t take but a few hours to sell them all. Given the fact that I only have time to make a few per year, supply is low and demand is high.

Thanks for looking. As always, I hope they inspire.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 10-08-2012 03:41 PM

Wow that’s a boat load of boards,they all look super ,I really like the woods you selected and the cool design.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 10-08-2012 03:44 PM

They are beautifull!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 10-08-2012 04:17 PM

They all have a great wood selection in them. Nice going!!.......................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 10-08-2012 04:21 PM

Very nice boards. It is obvious that you put alot of work into them. Excellent wood combinations.. It is too bad that you only have time to make a few per year…That must be many years of work in your photo.

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#5 posted 10-08-2012 04:52 PM

No wonder it’s a best-seller! They are fun and vibrant boards.

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#6 posted 10-08-2012 05:23 PM

Good job. If they sell, you might try to find a little more time for them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 10-08-2012 05:27 PM

Handsome cheese boards. I like the pin striping / definite variation in widths of the segments.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#8 posted 10-08-2012 05:40 PM

I was also going to compliment the pin-striping !!
I’ve done it myself , just not as fine of a stripe : )
Funny how little accents can really add so much to a piece : )
They’re all so beautiful with a great color combo and finish : )
Glad to see you’ve stepped away from the Legless Vegetable Death Tables for a while…LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 10-08-2012 05:54 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments. Made my day.

I picked up some maple and walnut veneer on ebay last year with the sole intent on integrating them into some cheese boards. Wanted a delicate way to break up similar colors. I have done this before by resawing thin stock and running them through the drum sander, but it was time prohibitive and never got me thin enough to my liking. Veneer is where it’s at in my opinion.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#10 posted 10-08-2012 06:21 PM

There ya go , making me learn something new today ! : )
That’s what stopped me from going thinner as well ..too much effort and product waste.
Thanks again !!

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 10-08-2012 06:42 PM

Beautiful boards, McLean. Any that do not sell are sure to make fine Christmas gifts. I souped up a Powermatic 14” bandsaw with Carter guides and a quality carbide resaw blade last year. With a little tweaking, this thing will slice veneer that you can read through with only the merest sanding required. Hit it with some 220 and you’re off to the races. The downside is that I needed to buy another bandsaw for all my other bandsaw work as I do not wish to mess with my resaw machine. Would love to see a photo of how you are doing the salad bowl finish. Setting them in a large Tupperware container to catch the runoff?

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#12 posted 10-08-2012 06:48 PM

Another awesome looking batch. Glad to hear they all sold for ya as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#13 posted 10-08-2012 07:11 PM

Veneer hey…? what a great idea… might just have to give it a try… thanks for the inspiration…as you know I love LCDTs…

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

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#14 posted 10-08-2012 10:58 PM

Well, I just gotta ask – how many clamps are involved in a batch like this?

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#15 posted 10-09-2012 01:04 AM

Beautiful boards for sure. Thanks for the veneer tip, would never have thought of that. Just wondering…How much do you sell a board that size for?

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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