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Project by GrumpyGolfGuy posted 04-21-2021 10:03 PM 444 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I wasn’t sure about posting this as it’s chuck full of design changes (errors), but it’s an interesting story at any rate. I had planned out the pattern for this cutting board on paper. I had Maple, Walnut, Cherry and Padauk to work with. My plan was 1 1/2 square 2 feet long of each wood type, Making 4 blanks each 2 feet long, 1 would be Maple and Walnut the other would be Cherry and Padauk which would allow me to ultimately end up with an interesting pattern for the board. Well got up one morning this past winter and glued up 2 of the 4 blanks to start the process of making the cutting board.
The next day when I went out to the shop I was horrified and ticked that the first 2 blanks, which should have been 1 of Maple and Walnut and the other Cherry and Padauk, were both identical, each one was all four woods glued un in a 3” square 2 feet long. I knew I was a bit tired when I glued up the blanks but this really cheezed me. Now, reflecting back I should have just cut them apart and started over making the board a bit smaller, but NO, I thought I can salvage this, just make sure no 2 same woods touch each other, mistake number 1!. So I set up the table saw to cut inch and a half pucks, easy I thought. Again because of the hours I was working I was in a bit of a fog still. I failed to completely secure the fence, I had a spacer block so the wood wouldn’t ride along the fence during the cut. But with each cut when I slid the blank across to touch the block it nudged the fence a bit further from the blade, again I didn’t notice until I cut all the pucks. The result was 20 pucks, all different thickness’s. Mistake number 2!! Still forging forward I set about gluing up 4 pucks to start the board build. Again I was still in a bit of a fog due to weather and work hours. As you can guess, with each glue up there was a bit of a shift, so now I have pieces of the board build , NONE of them are of equal thickness, mistake number 3!.
At this point I was ready to chuck the whole thing in the wood stove, but I just put it off to the side instead.

After a few weeks I decided to try to do something with this train wreak. I knew it would be full of design errors/changes but I figured this was a good learning experience and it would still function as a cutting board. So I ended up with 2 halves’ of the board, each one about 17” long and 8” wide. I don’t have a drum sander and a ROS would take years to even everything out, so I got out the planner. Just one pass I knew that wouldn’t work (tear out) so I glued some scrap 2×4 to the ends, over to the band saw to match the thickness of the ends of the pieces then back to the planner.

That seemed to work enough that the ROS could finish the job. Took my #4 smoother hand plane to square up the edges, glued the pieces into a board and commenced to finish up the project. In the picture is the finished board. You can clearly see the “design” changes and I learned one valuable lesson, Don’t do glue ups when you’re not fully awake and ready to work!!!

Chris





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18wheelznwood

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#1 posted 04-21-2021 10:20 PM

I feel your pain! It turned out well in the end, making the hair pulling and head bashing along the way seem worth it. I just finished up a walnut, cherry and padauk end grain cutting board and it is absolutely beautiful except for the padauk. It is shrinking and full of micro fractures. Thinking about taking it down to the hardwood dealer I paid $15 a board foot for the padauk and ask for a solution. Ahyhoo, great looking cutting board!

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BaritoneWoods

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#2 posted 04-21-2021 10:44 PM

Not a thing wrong with this board. The irregular dimensions give it character.

-- Still so much to learn!

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