Apologies Degoose

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Project by newTim posted 05-25-2010 07:08 AM 2677 views 16 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My apologies to Larry (Degoose) and all the other LJs for messing up your cool design. If there was a mistake to be made in this build I found it. On the other hand I learned a lot and the next project will be much better. A couple of things I did right. One was to make some 60 degree glueing cauls to hold the tube in place for clamping. This made the job much easier. The other was using the The Final Cut disks which made for a super smooth finish to minimize sanding. One huge mistake was running the tube through a planer thus making one side wider than the others. This created large gaps and I had to cut/sand each block to get a decent fit. I call this penance. You can tell the diamonds are skewed with respect to the board’s edge. Another mistake was cutting the diamonds about 2” wide to begin with. I think for a board this size 1 1/2” is probably okay. The board is about 12”x16” and I used TWW’s simple finish with GF’s Salad Bowl Finish.

-- tim hill

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#2 posted 05-25-2010 10:16 AM

Great job. I will be starting board this next week. I understand what you’re going through. Thx for sharing your trials and tribulations. Degoose is a “Master” for sure! He has helped many of us throughout the process. I like the way you made the clamping jigs, (cleaver). I have the Final Cut blade as well, bought it at the wood show while back. Works well but wore it out quick using it on all the cutting boards I have been making. I have to glue a new piece of sandpaper on it. Don’t beat your self up to much it looks good and I’m sure you and I will have it down soon!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 05-25-2010 10:23 AM

Looks good to me, how did you do the final glue up/

-- Vince

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#4 posted 05-25-2010 01:46 PM

Looks nice, and I commend you for having the intestinal fortitude to give this a try!

-- 4thumbs in MO

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#5 posted 05-25-2010 02:22 PM

I think it looks great! I have been wanting to try one of these.

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#6 posted 05-25-2010 02:31 PM

I believe it turned out very well..

Thanks for sharing

-- Scotty - aka... SgtSnafu - Randleman NC

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#7 posted 05-25-2010 02:52 PM

Very nice! T^hanks for including the process photos… I was kind of in the dark as to how these were made.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 05-25-2010 04:09 PM

That is a very nice board. I was always impressed at this design that is so 3 dimensional and wondered how it was done. Thanks for sharing the product and the process with us all and the caul board was a very smart idea too. Someday I would too like to make one.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 05-25-2010 04:20 PM

very cool, I get dizzy just looking at the pictures, dont wanna think what would happen if I cut anything on it ;)

looks fantastic!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#10 posted 05-25-2010 04:33 PM

Wow your board looks great, I made one a week ago and i had some problems with mine howeve i learned a lot. Fantastic work. Thanks for posting.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#11 posted 05-25-2010 05:21 PM

Nice project. Showing the steps is very nice for the rest of us. You are way better than the oldTim.

-- Wipe the blood stains from your blade before coming in.--

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#12 posted 05-25-2010 07:14 PM

Degoose has a great step by step process on how to do these. It was really helpful understanding the way these boards come to life. He was always happy to answer questions from me no matter how silly.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 06-03-2010 11:47 AM

Sorry I missed this.. must have been while I was just back from the Wood Show… missed a few…
I must say that anyone who has a go at this is tops in my book…So glad you found the sausage glue up helpful… I too like the clamping jig… must make one of these..
Over all a very good attempt.. now you know the mistakes … don’t make the same ones again… make new ones..LOL

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 06-03-2010 08:48 PM

Instantly thought of Qbert. Nice board!

Qbert screen

-- Jeff

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#15 posted 04-15-2011 06:45 AM

The ONLY mistake I see that you made is TELLING ON YOURSELF. :) In looking at your board before reading the text, your “mistakes” were not apparent to me, and I’ll tell you I’m pretty critical. I think you did a GREAT job. I had my first attempt at this block pattern last week (but not end grain), I had more problems than you had with alignment. But like you, I learned a lot and am ready for the next one. Nice job.

Jeff, me too!

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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