My "drunken board' attempt

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I always loved the look of these, so finally made mine. It’s made from Maple and Purpleheart.

Aside from having to be very particular during the cutting and glueing processes, it’s pretty easy. Definitely easier to do the final sanding on these than the endgrain boards.

Finish is 2 coats of GF salad bowl finish. first one rubbed well into the wood.

Thanks to all the previous posters who delivered the inspiration for this, and especially to poroskywood for the great tutorial. I left out the strips in between this time, just to see how close I could get the corners to Match. Came out pretty good. Next time, gotta try the contrasting strips in between.

-- -- Don from PA

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 07-06-2012 06:38 PM

I like what you have done. Reminds me of a waving flag! Good Job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 07-06-2012 07:11 PM

Thanks, woodshaver. Someone else told me that same thing, that it looked like a flag at a Nascar race. :-)

-- -- Don from PA

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 08:13 PM

That is neat! Do you have any pics of the layup and cutting process?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 07-06-2012 09:03 PM


No, I thought about taking pictures afterwards. You’d think I would remember to do that, but no, I usually think about it halfway thru the project.

BUT, I got the inspiration from this post

I believe his name is Scott. It’s a VERY detailed account of how to do this. I went with the second part of the post so the pieces would line up exactly. (and I left out the strips in between for this board.)

If you do one of these, i found one of the most important things is to trim the edges of the boards perfectly flush AFTER taping them together. BOTH TIMES! Then its pretty easy to line them up for the subsequent glueups. Also, unlike Scott, for better or worse, I don’t sand the edges after the bandsaw cuts. I just take off the dust and loose stuff. I found, for me, that I get better matchups for the glue joints that way. Of course, it could be that I get too aggressive if I sand the bandsaw cuts and end up distorting the forms so then gaps show up when trying to glue them back together. Oh well, gotta do what works for you.

Thanks for lookin’,

-- -- Don from PA

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#5 posted 07-07-2012 01:51 AM

Nice job on this. It looks great.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 07-07-2012 02:09 AM

Thats a great looking board..nice work. I want to try and make a few of theses…
Unless your sanding by hand..I don’t have a problem sanding end grain boards..


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#7 posted 07-07-2012 03:50 AM

Brad, that’s a very cool looking butcher block tray on your facebook page. I’m longing for a drum sander. Someday.

-- -- Don from PA

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#8 posted 07-07-2012 04:02 AM

Great job on this !!
I was just looking at Scotties tutorial the other day and hope to make some of these soon.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-07-2012 04:04 PM

Good job. The corner match is almost perfect. I have made a bunch of these following Scott’s tutorial and they always are well received, usually with the comment “How did you do that?” Try one with the strips. I actually think they are more forgiving.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#10 posted 07-07-2012 05:45 PM

That’s very cool. Thanks for the tutorial reference also. I’d like to try one of these for myself now!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#11 posted 07-08-2012 03:52 AM

I shouldn’t have had the extra beer before looking at this board! Now my other cutting board doesn’t look right! Good job, I think !

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#12 posted 07-08-2012 04:39 PM

Very nice board.Maple and Purplehearth look good together.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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