First Commissioned Piece - A LVDT

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Project by BreakingBoardom posted 04-08-2011 07:19 PM 2092 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, about a month ago I finished a cutting board (LVDT) for a house warming gift for my old neighbors who bought a house around the corner. I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures cause I finished it last minute, but it was basically identical to this one. I took that board into work to show a coworker and my boss walked by and saw it. He liked it and asked if I was taking orders. At first I thought he was joking but then he said his wife’s birthday was coming up. I said yes of course. So we went over specifics on what he wanted and I started working. It was a little more nerve racking though knowing someone was going to pay me money for it. In the past I had just sanded my boards as flat as I could with a belt sander and ROS and the feet I put on them helped level them a bit if they were slightly off. He didn’t want feet though so I needed it to be dead flat so it wouldn’t wobble on his counter. So, as you can see in the last picture, I made a quick router flattening jig out of some scrap maple to get it flat before sanding. I also used some melamine to make a gluing jig to help keep the board flat and square while gluing, which helped a lot. Anyway, I routed some finger recesses on the bottom and then finished with about 4 or 5 coats of mineral oil, followed by a couple coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. Overall size is about 12” x 12” x 1-1/2” and it’s made from walnut and maple again. All questions and comments welcome. Thanks.

Oh, and I delivered it this week and I basically charged the cost of material plus maybe $10 for my labor since it was the first thing I ever sold. My boss liked it so much he gave me $25 more than the price I gave him. That kind of gesture gives you such a good feeling. Knowing someone liked what you made so much they were willing to pay more then you asked for it.

-- Matt -

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#1 posted 04-08-2011 08:36 PM

Congrats nice work

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#2 posted 04-08-2011 11:27 PM

No thats a cutting board. Nice job

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 02:26 AM

Good for you, and good job too.
I like it.


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#4 posted 04-09-2011 03:32 AM

I like it

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 03:43 AM

Great Job! Thanks for the idea of using the router to surface the board, hadn’t thought of that but will borrow the idea!

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#6 posted 04-09-2011 06:15 AM

I hope you got close to $100 for it cause that’s what it’s worth…. Good job on it

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 06:23 AM

Very nice. A great design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 10:59 AM

And Eric knows better than most what a GOOD board is worth… so if he says this is worth $100 you better believe it…

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 03:44 PM

Dang you, square peg boy!!! HOW THE HECK DO YOU DO THAT!!??
You must have REALLY liked the neighbor who got the first one!

-and you mean to tell me you’ve been doing all that perfect stuff with nothing but a belt sander?!! ...and how do you get something flat with a router?!
I just don’t see how you do it….

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 08:16 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys and gal. It was pretty rewarding the way everything turned out.

Christine – If you look at the last picture you can see the router jig. Basically the router is mounted to a carrier board and it rides on the two rails which are coplanar. Then you just go back and forth routing the top and it’ll come out nice and flat. Just have to make sure your piece is secure and not wobbling so it won’t move and throw off your results. Then you flip it over and do the other side and then do a little finish sanding. I got the idea from Gary Fixler who did it for a cutting board he made and did a real good job explaining it here and even has a little video. I don’t have a drum sander and don’t like the risks of running end-grain through the planer so I just used some scrap I had on hand to put the router jig together.

And now, this cutting board paid for more wood. Just picked up some more Maple, Walnut, and trying out some African Mahogany for the first time. It looks to have some ribbon stripe figure to it too so I’m pretty excited.

-- Matt -

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 09:39 PM

Nice looking board!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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#12 posted 12-05-2011 03:44 AM

Well done : ) Nice pattern.

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