Cutting Board

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Project by HTS posted 07-14-2009 02:49 AM 1612 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this from a pattern in WOOD Magazine. Hard Maple, Cherry and Walnut. First atempt at this type of glue-up assembly. Had difficulty with keeping the pieces flat and squared up. Assembled half the pieces into two blocks then the two pieces. Seemed like I either did not get even glue distribution or uneven clamping pressure (or both). Came out fine in the end but lots more sanding than should have. Several coats of Butcher block oil finish.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 02:59 AM

It turned out very nice.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 03:03 AM

The big question is will you dare take the chefs knife out….LOL It came out great, but watch it they are addicting…Blkcherry

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#3 posted 07-14-2009 03:13 AM

I have made a number of those from the same materials and using the same pattern. The glue up has always been a pain and far more sanding has been required than I like. Recently I made some clamps from aluminum angles that permit me to glue the whole thing up at once and the clamps hold the assembled strips pretty flat. This has greatly reduced the amount of sanding, but it still is a lot. In any case, your board looks good and, believe me, I can identify with your assembly woes.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 03:34 AM

cool board nicely done

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 03:52 AM

this board is a real eye catcher. very nice job

-- Ron, Michigan

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 09:42 PM

Very nice pattern : ) I was wondering if I was seeing glue lines or if it split on you in a few places. Now I know that you had some trouble with the glue-up process.. ...Beautiful board with character : )

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

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#7 posted 07-15-2009 04:14 PM

i had to go look in my kitchen to see if mine was still hang on the wall. i had to sand a lot on mine too but was well worth it. nice.


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#8 posted 07-16-2009 04:45 AM

The open lines are places where I had trouble getting the clamping pressure even. Wasn’t quite sure what to do with them, so I opted to use some glue and sawdust from the sanding process to fill them the best I could. Crude but seemed to fill them in a manner that will stand up to the cutting abuse better than a conventional wood filler might. Naturally doesn’t adsorb the oil the same, so didn’t hide it.

I’ll make another one soon to master the glue up techniques. May try the rabbeted pattern I saw on the site just the other day. That was very cool.

-- HT, Denver, Colorado

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#9 posted 07-16-2009 05:35 AM

You’re right about wood looks like H* on a cutting board….I tried some on an Ash piece once and it was terrible. I have had good luck with the sawdust and wood glue technique on several occasions. Superglue and sawdust also work well together : ) Time and Trial is all it takes so don’t sweat those lines. If I wasn’t such a ficky pucker , I wouldn’t have ever noticed them : )

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

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#10 posted 12-11-2009 11:32 PM

It looks great to me! I just recently built a couple of end grain boards too and I feel the pain on the sanding but it seems I’m getting better. And yeah they are addictive.

-- Travis Henley, North Carolina, [email protected]

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