My first LJ project(s)

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Project by SkinsKaos posted 05-28-2014 05:17 PM 1722 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch


My first project post here on LJ and my first projects with “real” wood.
Finally made a trip up to the local saw mill (Hicksville Planing Mill in Western Maryland) and bought a few board feet of the Cherry and Paduak. Up until this point all the woods I have used have been from the big box stores and pallets.

The big cutting board is Paduak and Cherry and measures approx. 14” x 11”
The small cheese board is unknown species that I got from a random box from a website and it measures approx. 11” x 7.5”
Both boards have a coat of Butcher Block Oil.

The Door mat (idea from WWMM) I made a few weeks ago and just thought I’d throw in to make an even 6 pics.
It’s made of 2×4s with stains I had laying around the shop and measures approx. 31” x 17”, it’s held together with nylon rope.

Things I learned…
1) A drum sander would be an awesome tool.
2) Cauls are an important tool to have for cutting boards.
3) Paduak has some of the finest saw dust I have ever seen.
4) Cutting boards as simple as they look are fairly difficult to get right.

Thanks for looking!
Any feedback is greatly appreciated.

10 comments so far

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 05:22 PM

Nice job. Now let’s see a whole lot more from you.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 05:25 PM

Nice cutting boards and the door mat is a good idea.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 05:29 PM

The cutting boards look really good. I am just about to start on my first one as well , hope it comes out as nice as yours.

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Mr M's Woodshop

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 05:32 PM

Wonderful work! Welcome to LumberJocks. Great looking boards. Is the Paduak sun-faded? The pictures make it look red, not the raw orange I am used to. Your colors are much better.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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Steve Kreins

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 05:39 PM

Very nice and your lessons learned are priceless.

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 05:55 PM

Hello SkinsKaos

Nice work

I agree with you : the paduack is a very nice wood I like it

Thanks for sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#7 posted 05-28-2014 06:39 PM

Great job, and wonderful first post, I love the paduak thats for sure but yes it has some fine and oily dust, if you don’t use your cutting board regularly the natural oils from the paduak will seep to the top and leave a white film, so don’t just stare at them use em every day. LOL

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 12:10 AM

First…thanks for posting your first projects and you are absolutely correct about the “cauls”. I just finished making some inspired by CPlusWoodworker from his project 30 days ago and my first cutting board glue up is currently drying in the shop.
After dry fitting, I decided to stop and build those cauls and I’m glad I did.
Great looking boards and I’m hoping mine comes out as nice.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 05-29-2014 03:30 AM

Nice work, great to see those first projects…..the lessons just keep coming however, they don’t stop!! Paduak is fun to work with, but as you found out, everything around it turns red…...! Enjoy….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 05-29-2014 10:56 AM

After getting a drum sander I can’t believe I or anyone else made any without one. The sanding is mind numbingly long. Love the drum sander, not only smooth, but flat as well. If you keep everything long or flat grain and smaller than your plainer you can use that but a drum sander is a vital tool IMHO. There aren’t many projects I complete without using it at some point.

Very nice boards. Love the Padauk and Cherry look.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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