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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 10-17-2012 02:00 PM 2109 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, it’s been a few days since I last posted a project. I’ve been on a hiatus since last December. My father-in-law passed last Dec 4th so I canceled my last show and my wife & I went to AZ to be with her mother. We ended up placing her in assisted living shortly after arriving. I stayed in AZ to help settle the estate while my wife traveled back in forth between WA & AZ as she is still employed. Jan 26 (my wife’s birthday) my mother-in-law passed so we spent several months dealing with that. In May we were informed that we were expecting our first grandchild this Nov. End of June I went to Washington DC (3 weeks) to paint the expectant mothers home (inside). At the same time I started to replace my concrete slab deck with a 22’ X 20’ Trex deck. So, as you can tell, I haven’t done a lot of show product replacement work. What I did do was choose to take the year off from doing shows. I have done a couple of special order adirondack chairs (1 chair & 1 love seat) and this LVDT. I call it an LVDT but it is designed for being able to carve a very large turkey on Thanksgiving. With this busy year I have also decided to change my business model to online and special order only. Not going to do any more shows. They’re fun to do but, I’m retired and this was turning into a full time job. I was starting to “Not enjoy” woodworking. Now I can get back to the artistry of woodworking.

This cutting board measures 22” long, 18” wide & 1.5” thick. Being 18” wide, I was able to make use of the 22×44 Performax I got last fall. It is made from hickory & sapele. It is the basic endgrain design from fellow LJ (and my good friend) McLean VA. It has a juice trough (can I tell ya, I really don’t like adding juice troughs, I’m not that good at it). It has hand holes on the bottom and poly feet to aid in keeping it firmly on any surface while in use. This thing weighs in at 9 lbs. I sanded it to 220, applied 5 coats of mineral oil with a final coat of hot mineral oil & bees wax mixture.

I hope you like my creation. It’s nothing fancy. The one thing I do like about it is that it shows the simplicity of the basic 2,3,4,3 design. I have said this many times. Once the light comes on (in regards to the 2,3,4,3 pattern) the patterns are ENDLESS & only limited by your imagination, thanks Chris.

As always, your comments & questions are always welcome

Keep makin dust & chips

Jim Roberts
Port Orchard WA

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 10-17-2012 02:09 PM

this is a beautiful board and very well done. Will you expand on the 2,3,4,3 pattern? I haven’t heard of it.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#2 posted 10-17-2012 02:18 PM

Jim, awesome job on the LVDT. That thing is a beast. Excellent job on the glue up. Really nice joint alignment. Not an easy challenge.

I too shy away from the juice trough, as I’m sure I’d torch a perfectly good board with my router.

So sorry to hear about the family matters you’ve dealt with. Family before woodworking.

All the best my friend.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#3 posted 10-17-2012 02:40 PM

OK prattman, it took a few minutes to find the post but here it is. McLeanVA posted this some time back and he explains the 2,3,4,3 pattern and how to make it. Like I said, it’s very basic and all you have to do is change the cut deminisions a little, change the wood colors or change up the wood type location in the layout and the pattern possibilities are ENDLESS. You’ll have a few that just don’t make the grade (color layout after cutting) but that’s how we learn. This summer I met a fellow woodworker at the Eastern Market Farmers Market on the hill in DC and showed him the pattern. I was back in DC in Sept and saw him again & asked if he had tried it yet. He said he had and they had sold quickly. Do an LVDT or LCDT search on LJ and you’ll see many of these and their endless patterns. Good luck and have fun with it.

McLeanVA, we’‘ll be back in your neck of the woods in about 3 weeks ushering in our first grandchild. This one is being done the old fashion way, nobody knows the sex or the names chosen…........

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#4 posted 10-17-2012 02:49 PM

Hey Jim, that is sweet.

I also have been chicken to put in a blood moat. I guess I should just grow up and do it.

Sorry for your loss.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-17-2012 03:09 PM

Great looking board.I’m sorry for you families loses .


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#6 posted 10-17-2012 03:34 PM

Thank you all for your kind comments. For those of you who were afraid to attack the juice trough/blood moat (umm, prime rib), here is what I did. I made a rudimentary frame around the cutting board. I made the frame the same heigth as the thickness of the LVDT. I made the width of the frame equal to the center of the router to the edge of the router plus the added dimension of the wanted location of the trough on the LVDT. I then added a guide rail to the outside of this frame so the edge of the router would use it as a stop/guide edge. I made the heigth of this guide edge a little taller then the bottom plastic plate of my router. NOW, just remember, you have to be VERY careful when starting and stopping your router operations as not to let the router take you off your wanted router route. Know what I mean? The rotation of the router may want to pull in a direction you really don’t want to go. This guide edge gives you the ability to turn the corner in a nice easy & clean motion so it doesn’t look like a starting and stopping location. Trying to do a juice trough freehand is NOT in my ability range….. Good luck and I hope this helps someone.

Chris, you mentioned the clean joint points. Thank you for noticing. Our good friend (and the LVDT master) from down under would be all over me if I hadn’t.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 04:21 PM

Sorry for your loss Jim…always tough.

Nice looking board, nice and clean looking.

I too have shied away from the ‘blood moat’ (good one Steve, I like it). I’ve gotten close to trying to add one but when I look at the board and envision the ‘what if’, I quickly put the router away and wait until the feeling passes. Maybe I should practice on a bunch of plywood first :)

Do you have any pictures of your frame Jim?

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 05:58 PM

Nice job! Where did you get the poly feet? I’d like to add that to mine.

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 06:07 PM

Jim thank you for the information and I too am sorry for your loss.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#10 posted 10-17-2012 06:34 PM

Nice job, I really like that you kept the grain orientation in order after the 2nd cut and before the last glue up. Shows attention to detail. Glad you are like woodworking again, I kinda fell into the same rut for a little bit. Well done, anjoy that grand-baby!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 10-17-2012 10:53 PM

beautiful board.

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#12 posted 10-17-2012 10:53 PM

Jim, I had wondered what you were up to. It is that time of life for a bunch of us. A new grand child helps!! Great job on the board. Someone just asked me if I could put a juice groove on a board. Silly me, I said yes-how hard can it be. Kind of hoping he doesn’t call me. Interesting that you are giving up shows. I have been moving towards galleries and away from shows due to the travel and expense. Good luck.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#13 posted 10-17-2012 11:50 PM

To those that wanted to see pics of my juice trough jig here are some that maybe will help with the explanation from above.

This pic is of the board with the frame around it.

This is a close up of the guide/stop rail. Look closely as it is hard to see.

This is a better shot of the guide rail with the router base up against it. Look into the center of the router base & you can see the finished juice trough.

this is a little better shot of the guide/stop rail on the oputside of the frame.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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