Very late Christmas cutting boards

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Project by PoleVault posted 02-21-2016 05:45 AM 1617 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple walnut boards. Finished with mineral oil and beeswax.

The first one is 16” x 20” and 2.625” thick

The second one is 16” x 20” and 2” thick

I got brave and used my old Craftsman TS to cut the 8/4 walnut. I was afraid it wouldn’t have the power, but I used a 24 tooth ripping blade for the rip cuts and it powered through like butter and came off with great results, a quick hit with a hand plane and it was ready for glue up.

For the crosscut, I switched to an 80 tooth blade I just got back after sending it to be sharpened. I was really worried my saw would die with so many teeth, but I kept it moving nice and steady and had some burn marks. That sharp blade left the crosscut so smooth and almost no tear out too!

In the end, I was glad to give my old saw a good workout because I had been going to my buddy’s place to do the heavy work, but now I know my saw can handle more than I thought it could. I’m excited to build some furniture now… I just have to decide what we could use…

I used my homemade router sled to do the flattening. I was a little off on the setup for the first board and ended up having to take off a bit more to correct my mistake. That’s why the 2” board came out to 2” (it should have been about 2.25”. A fairly costly mistake! I think I need to get a larger router bit for the flattening as the 3/4” bit felt like it took forever.

By the time I got to the second board, the flattening went super easy and I really liked the result.

I used the ROS to clean up the marks after flattening, which I will never do again… I should have taken it to my buddy with a drum sander like I did with my first end grain board. But it was a great learning experience.

They aren’t perfect, but gave me an excuse for using my newly purchased parallel clamps (50% off at Woodcraft was too tempting).

I finished the glue-up and flattening before Christmas, but then life got in the way and I had to set them aside for a few weeks. Finally got around to sanding them at the beginning of February. Now, they are on their way to Arizona… Hopefully they don’t blow up with the change in humidity!

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#1 posted 02-21-2016 11:23 AM

good lookin boards and an awful lot of work

-- 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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#2 posted 02-21-2016 12:49 PM

Very nice boards. Just look at it as a very earlier Christmas cutting boards.

-- While teaching a class, a gentlemen once asked me: "When chip carving an intricate design, what do you do when you are almost finished and the wood breaks off?" I replied "Cover the kids ears."

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#3 posted 02-21-2016 01:02 PM

great looking solid end grain board. You just cant beat Mother Natures palette.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#4 posted 02-21-2016 01:34 PM

They look great. I especially like the first walnut board with the chamfered edge, I’ll have to try that the next one I make. For performing all the cross cuts, I found a very thin finishing blade for a 7 1/4” saw and it works well for not turning too much of the wood into sawdust, especially when working with more expensive stock. I hate seeing $$ in the bag on my dust collector instead of in the project.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#5 posted 02-22-2016 05:49 AM

Awesome dark coloured grains. Beuatiful board.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 02-22-2016 10:22 PM

Very early Christmas boards… I like that…

Thanks for the comments! I really need to get some more projects done.

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