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Project by Ocelot posted 12-25-2021 06:05 PM 1155 views 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few years ago on Christmas Eve, I made a couple of quick cutting boards to fulfill a request by my wife for small cutting boards. This year she had requested a larger one (I thought), so at about 5pm on the 24, I took this 3×6 timber from the stack on the front porch, cut a chunk off and converted it into this simple large board.

But first, I drove over to the office of the electric cooperative, which was closed for the holiday, and dug in the dumpster… Found almost 60 kwh of almost expired juice they had just thrown out.

So I freely employed circular saw, jointer, planer, bandsaw, drum sander, table saw and random orbit sander. I briefly spun up a router looking at a roundover, but thought better of it and instead dressed the edges with a little Chinese ebony corner rounding plane and sandpaper.

Due to the lack of time, I omitted feet, juice groove and handles. Just a plain/plane bookmatched edge grain board from quarter sawn lumber.

Also there is no real finish. Just rubbed with olive oil.

I’ll leave the species to your guess.

Wife likes, so Merry Christmas.

Approx. Dimensions 12×18x1.25 inches.

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.





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#1 posted 12-25-2021 06:39 PM

nice simple board paul but that olive is gonna go rancid,better switch to a mineral oil.

-- 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 12-25-2021 06:52 PM

Thanks for your comments. In my experience, the olive oil just kind of disappears with use and washing. It looks ok for a few days.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 12-25-2021 06:52 PM

Beautiful board,I would teat it with Mineral Oil it will not go Rancid as many other oils will do. Good job Ocelot.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 12-25-2021 06:59 PM

I’ll have to pick up some mineral oil. Might have it at Walgreens even today.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#5 posted 12-25-2021 07:09 PM

also try the oil wax blend it tends to last longer.i usually start with pure oil to get the wood saturated then reapply the blend.i get howards brand at lowes.some people make their own but i got better things to do.

-- 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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#6 posted 12-25-2021 07:12 PM

Pretty board….sort of looks like it might be a mahogany??
Unsented “baby” oil is just mineral oil if you need it from Walgreens.

I prefer to use process walnut oil and or a walnut oil/wax mix. It cures to a dry finish.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 12-25-2021 07:15 PM



Pretty board….sort of looks like it might be a mahogany??
Unsented “baby” oil is just mineral oil if you need it from Walgreens.

I prefer to use process walnut oil and or a walnut oil/wax mix. It cures to a dry finish.

- LesB


damn les everytime you mention that walnut oil i say to myself, i gotta try it then forget-lol.

-- 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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#8 posted 12-25-2021 07:23 PM



Pretty board….sort of looks like it might be a mahogany??

- LesB

Mahogany is flattering. This timber is tropical, but way cheaper. Only one other LJ has posted projects using this wood (that I have seen)

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#9 posted 12-25-2021 07:27 PM

that wood looks almost like ipe, is it a type of ironwood ?

-- 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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#10 posted 12-25-2021 07:28 PM

Nope. It’s not on Wood Database.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#11 posted 12-25-2021 07:31 PM



Nope.

- Ocelot


you gonna tell-lol.

-- 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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#12 posted 12-25-2021 07:45 PM

Soon

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#13 posted 12-25-2021 08:05 PM

In the USA, people usually park bulldozers on it.

Angelim pedra.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#14 posted 12-25-2021 08:11 PM

ok i also see it goes by the name apitong which ive heard of,the others not.

-- 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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#15 posted 12-25-2021 08:21 PM

Well, it’s a South American substitute for apitong, which is an Asian species.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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