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Project by itsmic posted 01-04-2011 04:35 PM 2208 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Everyone This was a last minute Christmas gift for Jude, Cindy thought maybe I could make a cutting board or something quick, since she was leaving to go to Georgia in two days, and wanted to give something to her daughter’s significant other, Jude. Well, that did not leave too much time, I started to think about it, and remembered I had a slab piece of ash that had been laying around for about 5 years, through the ruff cut, I could see it had lots of figure showing, but, I never knew what to do with it, so I decided to try and make a chop block from it. Apparently this particular piece was cut from the tree where two branches separated, and the piece had bark between the two sides of it like a sandwich. It was such a cool looking piece of wood I went about trying to conform it into a workable piece. This was not very easy, I had to chisel all the bark from the one side and inside leading to the other side, hence the circular plug on the front. Then I took a router and cut out all the bark and made a space for another piece of ash to use as a blank/handle to fit in. Lots of fine filling to get it to fit, then used a sawdust with wood glue mixture to fill in any open spaces within, and to glue the two together. Four hard rubber feet and a cooking oil soaking and it was done. A real workout for the hands and forearms, 4 hours of chiseling, filing, and sanding. I can probably say with confidence that no other is like it. When Jude received the gift, He took it into his room and said nobody is going to take a knife to this, I’ll hang it on the wall, I got a real kick out of that. Well, thanks for looking, and I hope everyone had a great Holiday Season.

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#1 posted 01-04-2011 04:47 PM

Wow! What a beautiful piece of ash and a very unique looking chop block.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#2 posted 01-04-2011 04:54 PM

WOW, That is really nice.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#3 posted 01-04-2011 05:07 PM

That is a cool way to inset the handle. I was wondering how you could get a solid joint and chop on it. Looks like that should stay forever. Good looking project.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 01-04-2011 10:01 PM

Nice. Great grain figure. I am drawn to this kind of wood. Well done.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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