My First

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Project by Marty 529 posted 01-02-2015 07:46 PM 1875 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first in many respects. My first Post. First cutting board. First time using some of the wood tools I’ve acquired over 2014. I had never used a jointer or planer before this project. I also hadn’t any experience with trying to square up and glue boards together like this. As a life long tool and die maker, I can say without a doubt I have a lot of respect for all of the wood workers here. It is different than working with metal. It takes a different skill set, which I’m trying to learn.
My son asked for a cutting board. I saw the video by Scott Lewis and thought I would try to make a cutting board with the curved lines. So I of coarse was jumping in over my head. I decided to call this board done as it is. I ran into a number of problems because of lack of experience and I was afraid that if I cut this apart 2 more times that I might ruin it. So my next boards may be more in depth, but this one just gets the single stripe. The board ended up at 14×20 x 13/16 thick. He wanted it large. He loves to cook, has a large kitchen and a big family. It is made from hard maple and cherry. The dark lines are walnut.
I am definitely open to critiques as I want to learn more about the craft. Thank you for looking at my first project here. I think you are all awesome and love looking at your projects. I wish I had time to comment on all of them :)

-- Marty, Ohio

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#1 posted 01-02-2015 08:06 PM

Who says you need multiple curved lines anyway? Sometimes less is more.
Looks pretty danged NICE from what I see !
Ya done good son!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 01-02-2015 09:02 PM

Marty, I’ll tell you what – your first attempt has already surpassed many of my repeat projects. Your tool and die experience will keep you in line for sure.
great job !

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 01-02-2015 09:13 PM

I think it looks great. The single set of curved lines is simple but very nice. I am with JoeinGa sometimes less is more.

-- Tim Haenisch, San Diego Ca.

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#4 posted 01-02-2015 09:40 PM

I’m with the boys above, less is more! Lovely piece of work!

Happy New Year!

Looking forward to your next creations!

Roman the Bootman!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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Marty 529

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#5 posted 01-03-2015 01:28 AM

Thanks for comments. I’ll try to take more pictures of the next project.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#6 posted 01-03-2015 02:58 AM

a critical part of wisdom is knowing when to call a project “done”. Good job. I learn something (or get reminded of something) with every project. Heck, that’s why I keep going. If I ever got it perfect, I’d have to call it quits.

Wood is a very different beast, and each species has its own peculiarities. Have fun, enjoy figuring things out.



-- But Honey I really *needed* that (saw/plane/chisel...)

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#7 posted 01-03-2015 03:28 AM

excellent work. can not do that good myself

-- wiser1934, new york

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 04:31 AM

Great cutting board! I am finishing my first as well, and no longer will I consider it an easy project. For the record, yours, with the curved work, is more complex than my attempt.

I’d say your a prodigy.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#9 posted 01-03-2015 05:33 AM

I think I’ve seen that video as well, and this has been on my bucket list. (need to work on getting a band saw first). I don’t know if I’ll do those stripes on a cutting board, but I do want to incorporate them into something.

Looks to me like any issues you had, you overcame them. Very nice!!

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#10 posted 01-03-2015 03:26 PM

That’s a “Fantastic First”. You sure set the bar high.
Very nice!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 01-03-2015 03:51 PM

Really, really well done – great figure in some of the cherry. Your son will enjoy it for a lifetime … Maybe one of his children too. If that’s your first attempt can’t wait to see your second.

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#12 posted 01-03-2015 03:53 PM

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#13 posted 01-03-2015 06:06 PM

Very nice first attempt, clearly your skills in tool and die making are in some way coming across in your new hobby!

-- Gerry-Abbotsford BC

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Marty 529

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#14 posted 01-03-2015 10:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I am happy with the finished product. I was telling Recycle1943 that I was more bothered by what it took to get it to where it is. I’ve seen people here build entire pieces of furniture in a week. I spent so much time working and reworking this that it was frustrating. I could list everything I did wrong, but it would be a long read, lol. I did learn a lot though and my respect for everyone here at lumberjocks has doubled.

-- Marty, Ohio

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#15 posted 01-03-2015 11:22 PM

looks great

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