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Butcher blocks #1

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Project by craters posted 354 days ago 821 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve made around 30 butcher blocks and finally decided to post some photos. #1: maple, louro preto; #2: shedua, birch, maple; #3: birch, maple; #4: bubinga, birch, maple; #5: wenge, shedua, maple, birch; #6: wenge, yellowheart, tiger wood, zebrawood





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Gintaras

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#1 posted 354 days ago

nice

-- Gintaras, http://www.woodatelier.com

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harrywho

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#2 posted 354 days ago

Really nice! How do you clamp your boards to get them to line up so good?

-- Harry, Indiana

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#3 posted 354 days ago

Great looking boards with interesting wood choices : )

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

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craters

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#4 posted 354 days ago

Thanks. Harry, as long as I’m careful when thicknessing, they pretty well line themselves up. Before I start cutting, I oil and scan the end grain of the wood I’m going to use. I import the scans into Adobe Illustrator and then play with the sizes and arrangements until I get a design I like. When I dimension the wood, I use a digital calliper and get the thicknesses pretty darned close to the ones in the design. Then during the final glue up, I use cauls placed against bench dogs that square the clamps and provide a guide for the strips. As I glue each piece I place it against one of the cauls. As long as I was careful dimensioning, the pieces line themselves up!

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#5 posted 354 days ago

Great looking boards. What is your technique for flattening them after the final glue-up? Do you use a drum sander?

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craters

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#6 posted 354 days ago

Up until recently I haven’t had a jointer wide enough to handle these boards, and I don’t own a drum sander. Fortunately, they’re short enough that I’ve been able to get away with just using a planer making sure to constantly flip and rotate the boards before each feed, and to perform very light passes. Also it’s necessary to frequently round over the back edges with 80 grit sandpaper, or the planer tears out chunks at the ends of the board.

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#7 posted 354 days ago

Wow a great batch of boards and all different designs….great work.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 351 days ago

Great looking and attractive boards! Like the variety of wood selection, have interesting patterns and colors. Very nice finish too. Great job!

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