Finished the endgrain checkerboard pattern cutting board

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Finished the endgrain checkerboard pattern cutting board
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This is the one I was having issues with my new drum sander and the prupleheart endgrain. That stuff is just nasty to sand, kept burning no matter what I did.

Finally gave up and just did the router sled-belt sander-hand sanding thing. Got some suggestions for people on here, but none worked for me. (about the drum sander). I guess some woods just don’t want to cooperate.

Turned out OK in the end, though.

-- -- Don from PA

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 12:07 AM

You might have had trouble with the sanding – don’t we all, but you nailed the alignment and that matters more. Good looking board.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 11-12-2012 12:53 AM

Thanks Gene.

These things always look good after all the cussing about sanding :-)

Every time I make one I swear it’ll be the last, but then “it pulls me back in again” for another one.

-- -- Don from PA

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 01:33 AM

Great build! You could just be taking off to much while your sanding. Try going easier on the drum and it won’t create as much heat if you are. Also what kind of dust collector do you have, is it a shop vac or a full blown dust collector? Shop vacs don’t have the amount of volume of air going through the hose like a regular dust collector. The dust collector will collect the dust but it will also let the heat excape quicker.

P.S. I don’t agree with you last sentence… IT TURNED OUT GREAT!!!! Way better than mine did, the glue on mine made it impossible to clamp up and get the alignment right of all the pieces.

-- Most people say "Measure Twice, Cut Once." I say, "Cut Twice, Measure Once".

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#4 posted 11-12-2012 01:49 PM


I don’t think I can take off less per pass than I was. Literally, a couple thousanths at a time. I am using a shop vac, though. Have to try the dust collector to see if it keeps the board cooler on the next one. Thanks for the suggestion.


-- -- Don from PA

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 04:25 PM

Don, Excellent board, the narrower ‘border’ strips on the long edges are a really great effect . I will copy that!

-- Smitty

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 04:25 PM

Very nice.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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