Mahogany, Black Walnut and a little cherry, in one

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Project by SwainCustoms posted 01-26-2013 08:38 PM 1711 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks to the holiday season my stockpile of boards became quite small and I needed to replenish. So here are some new boards that ive been working on. Some are vegetable boards, some are butcher blocks with a juice groove. After making many many butcher blocks I am still a little frustrated about how to flatten them. I have tried many of the options IE drum sander, planer (danger), Routing sled, by hand with a belt sander all tough and time consuming. The best being at this moment in time the belt sander. I am currently making a router sled, as the one I have made previous was not as precise as I would have liked which may have been the problem. Heres the link to the sled Im gonna make. I like the Idea of it being on the out-feed table very simple and clean. Ive also tried a sled for the drum sander, shimmed up all corners that needed it and sanded till the top of the board seemed flat. Sure enough I turn it over still has a little rock, maybe I’m a little picky but I would like to get dead flat results. Also made sure the drum sander was calibrated to make sure that wasnt the problem. Ill post the router sled once I am finished and let everyone know how flat boards become. I hope you enjoy the new boards I have a Few More that will be finished in the next couple of days and Ill be sure to put them up. I used mineral oil and bees wax as a finish on all boards.

Regards Zachary

-- Zach @

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#1 posted 01-26-2013 10:20 PM

Great looking boards as always.

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#2 posted 01-26-2013 10:24 PM

Very nice work. That last board is to die for….exquisite!

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#3 posted 01-26-2013 11:56 PM

Excellent looking boards, great job!

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#4 posted 01-27-2013 01:41 AM

love them all ! nice job !

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#5 posted 01-27-2013 01:49 AM

Great looking boards, Love that last one !!!!!

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#6 posted 01-27-2013 04:03 AM

Great designs ,very boards.

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#7 posted 01-27-2013 02:27 PM

very nice boards!!
I screw little rubber feet on the bottom of my boards, designating the best side for the top and shim the feet accordingly, never takes much shimming. sometimes I will even do a little personalized carving on the bottom

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#8 posted 01-27-2013 11:35 PM

Great job! I’m in awe of your artistry, Zach. Outstanding play of shapes, colors and tones.

-- Dana, Tallahassee, FL

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#9 posted 01-30-2013 05:01 PM

Thanks all. Gonna Step outside my comfort zone here in a couple of weeks. Making a humidor. Tips? Suggestions?

-- Zach @

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