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Project by patbrennan posted 03-05-2013 04:18 PM 2049 views 6 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought 4 Walnut logs at an estate sale for $5.00. It was exciting to re-saw these on the band saw to see what was hidden inside. When I got done milling them I needed a project. At the same time we needed a gift for a friend. An end-grain Cutting board seemed like a solution.
I used the “Cutting Board Designer” software to come up with a plan for a cutting board. What was nice about this software was that I could make changes to the design in an effort to use up some Maple I had. The board would be 24” x 16”.
The milling of the stock went well, the glue up went well. Then came the clean up of glue and flattening the surface. That was an effort. I had viewed some LJ posts regarding the consideration that should be taken when aligning the slices – this paid off. However, when I flattened the first glue up (with hand plane) I had created a taper on the ends of the slices which I did not realize until I started to put the clamps on. I had 4 pieces crack at the edge. These I patched by opening them up with a thin kerf saw and gluing in a piece of walnut. After the patching was done i sanded all surfaces with 80, 120, 180, 220, 400, 600, 800. This went fast despite the 7 grits of paper. I applied Mineral Oil and let soak. I am pleased with this and feel comfortable giving it away.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome you should at least be handy" - Red Green





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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 04:27 PM

The cutting board looks great, it seems like you got a great deal on those logs. Had they been air-drying for quite some time, or did you have to wait to use them?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 03-05-2013 04:32 PM

That is a handsome looking board. I sure hope it get’s used, a lot of the ones I make I hear”That’s too pretty to use” and they end up hung on a wall.

BTW…... on the walnut logs?....... YOU SUCK! LOL

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 04:38 PM

That’s a beautiful board. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 04:38 PM

That poor little glass board behind it is trying to run in shame. Great looking board.

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 04:47 PM

BinghamtonEd: The logs had been in a shop for 30 years + or -.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome you should at least be handy" - Red Green

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 04:52 PM

What a find. Definitely a gloat-worthy one.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 08:36 PM

Great looking board!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#8 posted 03-05-2013 10:55 PM

Nice work, beautiful wood

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#9 posted 03-06-2013 03:46 AM

Your pattern is simple but very interesting; for the board looks luminous, as if light was shining through the walnut.
I’m surprised the maple looks as white as it does for normally it yellows after any oil treatment.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#10 posted 03-06-2013 12:10 PM

Nice job. That walnut looks just scrumptious.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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