My new cutting board design "The Yellow Rose of Texas"

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Project by LoydMoore posted 05-19-2016 08:20 PM 1226 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My newest design. I made five of the rectangular boards. Two of those and the round board are going to non profit fund raising auctions and I hope to sell the other three.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#1 posted 05-20-2016 05:07 AM

What’s the inlay material?

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 11:58 AM

West System epoxy mixed with glitter.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#3 posted 05-20-2016 04:21 PM

These are very nice and would also make nice wall decorations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-20-2016 06:58 PM

Now that’s an original design for a cutting board. How did you get the flower pedals outlined so neatly using epoxy and glitter?? Really top notch workmanship

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#5 posted 05-20-2016 08:10 PM

Makes a fellow Texan proud. Nice work. Would love to see a blog on the inlay process

-- Don, -

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 01:29 PM

The inlay work is done on my ShopBot desktop CNC router.

I’ve been doing inlay work for 45 years so I have progressed from chisels and carving knives to the CNC router. I still dig out the chisels and knives for special pieces but those customers are few and far between. The CNC router allows me to market really nice products to a much wider market.

The West System Epoxy machines well as long as I allow it to cure. 3 to 24 hrs depending on temperature and humidity. The #1 problem is air bubbles. The Epoxy gets really hot just before it starts to cure and “cooks” the air out of the wood. A vibrating table helps float the air out while the epoxy is liquid but I have not found a way to prevent those air bubbles that pop up just before the epoxy cures and those are the worst.

I surface the inlay on the CNC machine and the run the parts through the drum sander with 150 grit paper after which I add a clear coat of epoxy, making sure I work the epoxy into the cavities with a tooth pick. After another pass through the drum sander I use a ROS to sand the entire surface progressively from 100g to 2000g and buff the inlay with a foam pad mounted on the ROS.

Cutting boards are finished with a beeswax and mineral oil goop.

The rose has been the most challenging design to date. I estimate I will have to sell 20 boards just to pay development costs but I did learn 5/6 things not to do so perhaps that knowledge will pay off on future projects.

I am actually considering doing a time lapsed video for my FB page.

-- Loyd, San Angelo, TX

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#7 posted 05-21-2016 02:18 PM

Thanks for all the info on the process. I’ve seen people work out air bubbles in epoxy by waving a torch over them and end up with a perfect flat finish. Just a bit of unsolicited info i hope helps….......Great project in any event….

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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