More LVDTs for Christmas

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Project by McLeanVA posted 12-16-2010 08:13 PM 3735 views 22 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a few simple photos of the latest round of LVDTs (Legless Vegetable Death Tables) aka cutting boards on the finishing table. These are drying belly-up in the pics. They are soaking in the 3rd of 5 coats of 50/50 Salad Bowl finish and Mineral Spirits.

The pattern is a simple 2-3-4-3. Easy enough to remember. Essentially they consist of end grains of a 2”, 3”, 4” and another 3”, which gives a nice mathematical overlap of wood tones, without any of the corners getting too close to one another in the glue up. This also rounds out to a nice 12” wide board that fits my planer like a glove.

These were sanded to 220 before finish. Lightly sanded with 320 in between the first 3 coats. Rubbed with #0000 steel wool in between 3rd and 4th coats. Hard buffed with a terry towel after the 5th coat. They turn out as smooth as polished granite.

Nothing new in terms of patterns, just something I was set up and dialed in to do in my shop.

On a side note, I took the advice from my fellow LJs and purchased a Performax 16-32 drum sander. HOLY COW… what a difference. No more jamming end grain through my planer while praying for safety. Night and Day difference in my efficiency, safety, and precision.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#1 posted 12-16-2010 08:47 PM

Very nice Jeff. I can see that this style will be added to my inventory list for next year. AND, not to be a ITYS, (and a few of us did) but we knew you’d like the drum sander. This will also help to not send you to the DR with carpul tunnel after a few years of an orbital sander torture. The quality of the finished product has just jumped 10 fold…....Better joints, better/easier finishing just to name a few advantages.

mahalo & VIVA LA LVDTs

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 08:51 PM

Chris, another great looking round of LVDTs!

I’m with you on the drum sander. I wouldn’t give mine up after having it for a few months now. It’s invaluable for many things, but sanding end grain has got to be one of its best qualities.

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

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#3 posted 12-16-2010 08:55 PM

We’ve all seen your boards and you do great work…..but this was solely a stealth tool gloat!!!! Last night after an hour with a belt sander and another two hours with a ROS I was dreaming of a 16-32. My in-laws have been gushing over the “McLeanVA” board I made for them. Thanks for the inspiration and the continued posts.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#4 posted 12-16-2010 09:11 PM

Thanks guys… my name is “Chris”... but I guess “Jeff” will work just fine. LOL.

I was on the fence about posting these to begin with. This pattern has been done and overdone. Was hearing through a few PMs that I hadn’t posted anything in a while. So I threw a few pics up.

Cory, stealth tool gloat. That’s funny! Undercover Performax Lover.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 12-16-2010 09:22 PM


-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-16-2010 09:24 PM

Do you never rest?! Really nice work on those boards. Been thinking of a drum sander for a while now. You may have just pushed me over the edge. Keep up the great work!

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#7 posted 12-16-2010 09:33 PM

I too love my Jet 16/32 drum sander… would not be without it…
I like the mathematical explanation… very cool I must remember that one… thanks for a great year…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 12-16-2010 09:51 PM

Just got a Jet 16/32 myself—to quote a famous Lumberjock, “Holy Cow”! You’re right, it sure makes a difference in the shop. Nice job on the LVDTs! You’ve inspired me to get cutting (so to speak)!

-- Bob, Potomac, MD

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#9 posted 12-16-2010 09:53 PM

SORRY CHRIS…..for some reason I got your name mixed up with JL7/Jeff and then GodofBiskets is Jeffery. It’s all good except when they call you late for dinner.
Take care, talk with you after the holiday.


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 12-16-2010 09:54 PM

Great boards, my wife says that we need to make some for Christmas next year, that gives me about 11 months to procrastinate.

What is the thickness of the boards before gluing up, 3/4” or 1”

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#11 posted 12-16-2010 10:03 PM

David. Great question. Two answers.

On the first glue up, I mate the 4 longer pieces of 3/4” x 30” thick boards along their ends. Plane/sand after glue dries. I am now left with a 3/4” x 12” x 30” striped mass of wood.

Then crosscut (thickness up to you) to create the smaller segments to be glued end grain up. I shoot for just over 1.5” thick on each piece. I’ve gone down to 1” and up to 2.25”. Really depends on how thick you want your final board. The thicker you go, the smaller the “table” of your board will be.

I say experiment with the craze of a mad scientist. There is no wrong thickness until you make it yourself and hate it.

I hope I was able to answer your question. Always feel free to PM me if you want specifics or run into dead ends.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#12 posted 12-16-2010 11:07 PM

What kind of wood is the bright red pieces?

-- RJ

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#13 posted 12-16-2010 11:39 PM

Aw shucks! I was feeling pretty smug because I have made 26 cutting boards of one type or another over the last year or so. Then you have to come along and produce almost 1/4 that many in one fell swoop. That is not fair! LOL. Anyhow, you must stay pretty busy. These are pretty boards and you obviously do quality work.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#14 posted 12-17-2010 12:18 AM

RJ – That is bloodwood in there. As pointed out by fellow LJs, bloodwood is an uncommon allergen that should come with a warning to recipients. Sure does make for a nice presentation piece though. My supplier just ran out of stock a few weeks back. He was carrying some of the deepest red bloodwood I’d ever come across. What he carries now is a bit more “burnt orange” in color. You can see the deep red bloodwood here

Rowdy – Yes, keeping super busy. Weekends, evenings after work and first thing in the morning before heading to my real job. Need to keep cranking away. Wait list is getting pretty long these days. People talk to other people and before you know it, it becomes overwhelming to keep up. I spend far too much time on each board making sure I sweat the details. Makes all the difference in the end when a recipient picks one up for the first time. “Oh my gosh… how did you get it so smooth?” Time well spent I say.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#15 posted 12-17-2010 01:27 AM

Hey Chris,
Great looking LVDTs! You did a great jog as usual. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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