Almost ended up in the garbage...

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Actually, that’s not quite true… it did end up in the garbage.

I’m always seeing boards like this showing up out here, so in a “but mom, everyone’s doing it!” moment, I decided to make one myself. I knew how I wanted the pattern, I had some extra wood laying around and a song in my heart… so I went for it.

However, when it came to slicing the the strips out of the first glue up, I was a bit distracted, and cut the pieces quite poorly (to put it lightly)... I tried to square everything back up, but at this point I was already disappointed and didn’t feel like carrying on…

After about a month of my poorly cut posts sitting in the trunk of my car, I said screw it, and glued them together… which was an adventure… Shortly after I took it out of the clamps, I decided it wasn’t worth it, threw it in the garbage, and went home. The next day, I got a text with a picture from John, who works over at the shop, and he had found it and flattened it, and it actually looked kinda nice (there are some gaps in the bottom)... but whatever.

So, Johnly saved it from its smelly fate… and I’m going to let him have it, because he seemed to really dig it.

That’s my moderately long, intensely boring story about this board.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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View cwdance1's profile


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#1 posted 08-12-2010 04:49 AM

I like it, look great to me.

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#2 posted 08-12-2010 04:55 AM

Looks good enough to cut some prime rib on.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 08-12-2010 06:01 AM

Yes it looks good! Glad someone thought enough of it to save it! Like a lot of us, you are your own worst critic!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 08-12-2010 10:34 AM

Nice board, the glue ups can be tricky. Its when the make or break for the board happens. As a few of the Masters on here have taught me it is important to pay attention to the grain flow to keep all of it in sequence so dry fitting is critical. The 2nd glue up is the only stressful time that you really need to get everything slid into place. I made a jig ( fence ) to square it up and use a dead blow to tap them into alignment. Then I let the glue set up, plane it and then square it up on the table saw removing the little tear out. Then sand and sand and sand. Hope this helps a little.

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

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#5 posted 08-12-2010 12:49 PM

Why throw it away. It looks good to me. Just the sort of pattern I enjoy.

I’m not bored. Go on have another go.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#6 posted 08-12-2010 02:12 PM

Very nice board. It came back from the brink and brought with it the joy of having it to Johnly.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#7 posted 08-12-2010 03:54 PM

Welington, Great board! Looks fine to me. Keep up the good work.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 04:04 PM

Looks good from here! Dont let this deter you from trying again. The things you learn….......

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

View Nick's profile


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#9 posted 08-12-2010 04:07 PM

Really nice cutting board

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 08-12-2010 04:36 PM

This last weekend I was told the story of a guy who finished of the major marathons in three hours, no minutes, and somewhere around 11 seconds. He has his finishing slip framed in his office, and it’s a fantastic discussion starter: If he’d finished in under 3 hours he’d be a strong runner, but not world class. As it is, he’s got an instant discussion piece.

I can see why you tossed this piece in the trash, the pattern is off just that much, but it also totally looks good enough to use. And now you’ve got a story to go with it! Sometimes the story is more important to the art than the craft behind it, seems like this is one of those times, maybe even your three hour and eleven second marathon.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#11 posted 08-12-2010 04:42 PM

hold on…hold on… so you said “screw it”? or you “glued it”? I’m confused ;)

nice pattern!

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

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#12 posted 08-12-2010 04:49 PM

i knew , Clunkt ,

the guy that found fire .

he grabbed it ,
and got his hand burned ,

he threw it away too ,

but the idea caught on !

welcome to LJ’s .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

View lumberdustjohn's profile


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#13 posted 08-12-2010 07:27 PM

Looks good and what fun it must have been to build!
I have worse in my shop as reminders of where it all started.
Glue ups only get better as you learn tricks to hold and clamp.

I am ready to see some more.
Back out to the shop you go!

Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 07:58 PM

Well next time you’re going to throw something away, let me know and I’ll come rescue it!

I think this turned out well enough to use, as others have said, and it sounds like you’ve maybe learned a few things from it too, which will benefit you in the long run.

Are you going to get back on the horse anytime soon? You can do it!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

View wellington's profile


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#15 posted 08-12-2010 11:38 PM

in order of appearance -

cwdance1 – :) thanks!

cajunpen – i like the way you think.

bearpie – seriously… i’m trying to work on that… because most of the time i’m really unsatisfied with most of the things i do / make…

ken90712 – agreed, i was trying to pay some attention to the grain, but it was hard to imagine the end grain when i was doing the first glue up. also, i definitely should make some sort of jig for this… because i was stuck making one on the fly as i saw each thing that was going wrong in the 2nd glue up… it was fun and all, but i’m sure there are easier ways to do it :)

britboxmaker – there will be plenty more! i have some ridiculous ideas that i’m just steeling myself to start working on.

cozmo35 – johnly can save anything; he’s the master.

woodenfrog – as always, you’re far too kind.

garyd – certainly not deterred, i’m already looking forward to the next one!

woodminister – thank you, sir.

dan lyke – i agree, the story is an equal part of the appeal, which is why i decided to tell it in my write up :) and, in truth, having never done something like this before, i should have known better than to bin it in the first place… but we live and learn.

purplev – hahaha, actually, when i saw it wasn’t straight, i was just going to drill some holes and run some 12” carriage bolts through it.

patron – i see what you did there :)

lumberdustjohn – no lies, i’ll be keeping this one just to see how they progress as i (hopefully) get better! i can’t go back to the shop quite yet, i just got off work and need to eat dinner first :P

jonathan – oh, i was already back making stuff right away! i love to dive right back in, and see if anything i learned from my mistake has sunk in… most of the time i need to screw it up a few times before i start getting it right, but such is life :)

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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