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Project by brentmore posted 09-20-2013 01:28 AM 2119 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Behold the results of 3 weeks of cutting, gluing, clamping, sanding and obsessive polishing. Some were sketched up beforehand and others were just freestyled. Here’s my obligatory gallery of cutting boards. I now feel like a full fledged Lumberjock. This was also a great exercise in scrap recycling and clamping techniques. Best part about it? Giving them all away – except for oneā€¦ my wife gets her choice!

-- Brent,

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 02:02 AM

They look great, nice work!!!

-- Steve, Bay Area

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#2 posted 09-20-2013 02:02 AM

Those are really beautiful. Nice patterns.

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#3 posted 09-20-2013 03:45 AM

Not bad for 3 weeks of just ‘cutting up’ in the Shop!

COOL stuff! Lemons & Apples too…

If you haven’t looked at the work of “degoose” (Lazy Larry), take a look sometime… He’s the true Master of fancy cutting boards… along with a few others…

Nice going…

Thank you,

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 09-20-2013 04:15 AM

Very nice! Where do you find woods like these? And what is their rough size before you rip them? How wide do you cut them before gluing them up? Do you strictly use the table saw or use a jointer on each section before gluing? Do you run the glued up pieces through a planer afterward or just sand?

Sorry for the Q’s… but your great work has me thinking.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#5 posted 09-20-2013 04:25 AM

I like the one with the apple most

-- Dreaming patterns

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#6 posted 09-20-2013 06:27 AM

The one in the third photo is a dandy. Looks like you put feet on them…...................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 09-20-2013 08:32 AM

These are really nice. Love the design and layout. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#8 posted 09-20-2013 09:13 AM

Cool looking blocks, nice designs.

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#9 posted 09-20-2013 11:35 AM

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Redryder, I put feet on a couple of them. For the others, I raised them up a bit to show a little depth for the photo.

Maplerock, here’s what we have for the woods:
1: Hard maple and walnut
2: Soft maple and cherry
3: Soft maple, walnut and cherry
4: Assortment of 8 hardwood scraps
5: Hard maple and walnut
6: Assortment of maple, teak and cherry scraps

I plane all the boards to just over .75” then rip 1.5”. Edge glue, clamp, and plane again. I then rotate and rip again to 1.5”, arrange the strips, then glue up the faces and clamp.

A few years back I once tried power planing the resulting end grain… once.

For the smaller boards, I used the chisel and ROS for final surfacing, but it took ages.
For the larger boards, I friended some folks at a local cabinet shop (as suggested by some lumberjocks) and used their drum sander. Such a timesaver!

-- Brent,

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#10 posted 09-20-2013 01:56 PM

Looks Good

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#11 posted 09-20-2013 03:58 PM

Nice selection overall, but I love the one in photo #3 : )

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

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#12 posted 09-20-2013 06:55 PM

Those are among some of the best cutting boards I have seen. That is awesome and shows your attention to detail and dedication to the outcome of the project.

-- anile8tor

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#13 posted 09-20-2013 07:36 PM

Fantastic boards. These are a real standout. Congratulations on a beautiful job.

-- Ben in Va

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#14 posted 09-20-2013 08:32 PM

Nice assortment.

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#15 posted 09-20-2013 09:03 PM

Really majestic pattern! I like the effect you’ve created. The wood choices are the best. It’s fantastic.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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