carving board

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Project by woodflower posted 10-03-2011 03:17 AM 1147 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thanks for all the advice that helped me finish one of two carving boards I started about 35 years ago when I got the birdseye maple laminated and rough cut. I had to learn about templates, make a thicker template for bushings. I ruined 2 pieces of wood – oh well, one child is vegetarian and tofurkey has no juice when carved anyway. And this one has a few mistakes, mostly from not securing the piece correctly, but the last one might be more perfect. I used a bowl bit from Shopsmith, a smaller veining bit, and a roundover for the edges. I used a rotary tool to try to smooth the different depths cut. My arms are sore, need a new tool for sanding – any suggestions? Sanding is all I have left for the other board, which I hope to give as a gift for thanksgiving or Christmas turkey. I have handles, but perhaps they will fit better into cabinets without those. Thoughts and feedback welcome, as always. Used walnut oil, will add some beeswax for the last few coats of oil. I’m amazed I could sand out some burn spots after oiling. wow. cool. Darker color is HD photo. Now to do the other one.

-- Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have; be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

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#1 posted 10-03-2011 05:24 PM

Cool Idea, I would have never thought of that many drain veins… I likey…

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#2 posted 10-04-2011 03:46 AM

Oh! Heck, I thought it was a diagram of a tree! Now I see it. Yep, cool design … might have to steal a bit of the idea there.

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#3 posted 10-05-2011 02:58 AM

Maybe too many veins and not enough cutting space, we shall see. And yes, it is supposed to be a tree. Fashioned after a very old one in my family, but I added more branches…probably shouldn’t have.
Also, I tried the beeswax and walnut oil and probably my beeswax was too dense, had to dilute it more. But it’s a nice finish.

-- Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have; be careful lest you let other people spend it for you. - Carl Sandburg

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