cutting boards, my first attempts and first post

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Project by hotrodadcox posted 11-24-2012 02:33 AM 1770 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m pretty new woodworker, and have been reading all I can from this site and others. These are my first attempts at cutting boards, seems like it is a required skill here. I enjoyed the process, and read many tips from others.

Many thanks to all and this site for the creative ideas. These are Christmas gifts for
family. Looking forward to other projects.

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#1 posted 11-24-2012 02:35 AM

Welcome, they look great.

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#2 posted 11-24-2012 02:49 AM

This is a really cool board great job.

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#3 posted 11-24-2012 03:30 AM

Welcome, Nice boards

-- Jeff, Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. - Malcolm Forbes

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#4 posted 11-24-2012 03:34 AM

Really nice looking board. Of course we’ll be expecting more soon!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-24-2012 04:25 AM

these are great. that first one with the zig-zag glue up is excellent. simple and unique. how did you achieve those colors if you dont mind me asking? all the patterns are great, they appear less mathematical than so many, and are not jarring. great work!

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#6 posted 11-24-2012 08:34 AM

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#7 posted 11-24-2012 01:31 PM

Jacob, the colors are just beginners luck, the materials are walnut and maple, they are from scraps from my cabinet installations. The maple is from two separate boards, they were just filler strips for cabinets. I too like simple forms. It was the second one I made, the first is the traditional looking one, the last I got more creative in jointery.
Thanks for commenting.

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#8 posted 11-24-2012 05:42 PM

I don’t know about a requirement, but if it was, you sure qualify! those are some Beautiful boards! I thought I liked the first one best, but your use of those rail and style bits on your third one just trumped it!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#9 posted 11-24-2012 07:26 PM

Thanks, NedB,

I was shooting for something different, had no idea how it would turn out, no planning involved, just glued it up and that’s it. I’m hoping my daughter will like it.

I have seen your boards and all I cab do is to strive for your skill level Thanks for your kind comments.

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#10 posted 11-24-2012 11:50 PM

That last board is really neat. Is that a router-cut joint?

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#11 posted 11-24-2012 11:55 PM

That is a very original set of boards.

-- David Australia

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#12 posted 11-25-2012 12:00 AM

A very cool set of patterns – quite a refreshing change from many we see over and over . Looking at NedBs work however I do detect some inflluence?

-- David Australia

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#13 posted 11-25-2012 12:10 AM

The joints are cut on the shaper, they are matching pair of “60 degree edge banding router bits” I don’t have any shaper bits just the adapter for the 1/2 inch router bits. I needed to clamp the joints fairly tight because I think the bits allow just a little gap in the trough for glue, not an issue if just joining boards but can leave a gap on end grain applications. Glad you liked it.
I actually did not see any of NedBs boards until he commented, like i said to him, I can only strive to reach his skill level, he has some extremely awesome boards, still looking to see how he accomplished some designs.

My next project is getting some skill building time on my new lathe the delta 46-460, a “whole-nother” world!!!!!

Regards, and many thanks for your comments

-- hotrodjohn, colorado

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#14 posted 11-25-2012 03:54 PM

John, thank you for the nod, but I’m a rank amateur vs LOTS of cutting board artists… and I’ll pass this ‘upstream’ and say it is simply the wood whisperer’s methods. I have been doing a Lot of them lately, but that’s so that my wife and I can hit the craft show ‘circuit’ in the spring. (we missed the hot shows for this area for the holly-daze, not enough stock on hand. Not going to be an issue next year… her goal for me is 100 boards!)

the only ‘new’ design i’ve tried is one where I put a 45° cut on a pair of ‘blanks’ and then glued them up as a unit.

David, thanks too for your kind comments!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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