Mix equal parts: Glue, Maple, Cherry, Walnut....

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Project by JL7 posted 02-11-2019 11:12 PM 4671 views 8 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey all – yet another end grain board…..a bit of a creative block going here so I find these builds a good way to break the block….

But first – thanks to my friends for reaching out wondering where my new projects are…..appreciate it!

Here’s the build blog:

1. Scrounge the bins for Maple, Cherry and Walnut

2. Do not measure anything

3. Glue up blanks dictated solely on the stock on hand

4. Plane until flat

5. Formulate plan

6. Find the glue, blue tape, dozuki saw and F-clamps

7. Do 2-3 glue-ups per day for 3 weeks or so with a ton of sanding between each one – noting that plan was abandoned after glue-up #2

8. Empty dust bin

9. A bit of router table work

10. TONS of sanding

11. Apply mineral oil and little feet

12. Realization that you will starve to death if you are planning on making a living doing things this way

So that’s it – those little accent strips (9 bands of them) are also end grain, so that takes some time…..did I mention this was a LOT of glue-ups? I’m quite sure this is my new record for a single board.

Note – Pic 5 is the blanks less the thin strips and Pic 6 is before the oil.

Thanks for looking…......

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 02-11-2019 11:21 PM

yeah thats a gorgeous cutting board but i think your right,way to much would never be able to charge enough to make any money.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#2 posted 02-11-2019 11:33 PM

Artists nearly always starve but that sure is nice.

-- Mike in SoCal, now East Texas

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#3 posted 02-11-2019 11:34 PM

That’s just so so beautiful.
Kind a reminds me of some of the table tops I made back when I was in trade school back in the 70’s.
Didn’t have much money for wood so would hunt the wood bin for scraps thrown away and glue up all the scraps to make tops for my end tables and the like.
Makes for some beautiful tops but my the work!!!
There’s one thing about it I learned how to use a belt sander that served me well the rest of my life.

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#4 posted 02-11-2019 11:34 PM

Hey Jeff,
Your thinking is right up my alley. Have a plan but change it as things happen. I love it.

The board is cool. A labor of love. It looks great.

Take care my friend,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 02-11-2019 11:34 PM

I love this board for two reasons:
1. It’s a damn fine looking board
2. I respect the craftsmanship and the complexity of the glue-ups.

Thanks for posting.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#6 posted 02-11-2019 11:39 PM

Fantastic. You are the king of cutting boards

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#7 posted 02-11-2019 11:44 PM

Wow! Just wow.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#8 posted 02-11-2019 11:56 PM

Thanks folks! Good to hear from some friends and others as well….appreciate it!

Just in case you missed my sarcasm, I don’t factor profit into my hobby…...this is still a hobby….

Thanks again.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 02-12-2019 12:17 AM

Awesome work, your creative block beats the crap out of my normal thought process.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 02-12-2019 12:42 AM

Amazing Jeff. Is this what you do when you can’t go out on the icy, snowy roads of MN?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 02-12-2019 01:09 AM

Thanks Monte! Bill, sadly I have to do this AFTER risking life and limb on those icy roads…...the last 2 weeks have been white knuckle commutes…..not for the faint of heart….I know you guys had some of that too…..I guess it builds character but I say UNCLE…

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 02-12-2019 01:49 AM

Great work, Jeff! For some reason I think of Persian rugs when I see a board like this. What are the dimensions?

-- Jim - Fort Collins, CO

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#13 posted 02-12-2019 01:54 AM

Hey Fezig, it’s roughly 12” x 13.25”.....thanks!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#14 posted 02-12-2019 02:04 AM

That’s a fine piece of work, Jeff! Great job!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#15 posted 02-12-2019 02:09 AM

Sounds like most of my projects, especially the middle parts. Looks like it turned out very well though.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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