Sigh, another cutting board.

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Project by Dallas posted 01-05-2013 07:20 PM 2417 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was suppose to be done for Christmas as a “House” gift for us.

Unfortunately, stuff got in the way and it got put by the side.

It was suppose to be 24X36 and free standing, but this morning I dropped it while finishing so it is now 17X18”.

Made 2 1/2” x 17×18, unfortunately so it will be a counter top model.

Woods are Silver Maple, Black Walnut, Black Cherry and small pieces of Bodark, (Osage Orange).

It is finished with 6 coats of mineral oil rubbed in with a low speed buffer, then 6 coats of 20/80 Beeswax mineral oil mix and then 2 coats of almost pure beeswax.
After that I heated it in the over on the lowest setting to about 120-150°F and buffed it by hand until I got a good shine.

The glue up was a set of six and a set of four so I could alternate pieces just about any direction. Notice the sides are a different direction than the long parts.

Even though it doesn’t look it, it is put together in a random manner…. I dropped all the slabs into a box, and glued them up as they came out, always putting an ‘X’ on the end that came up first and that would be the inside end on top.

One problem I ran into was that the cherry is a lot harder than anything else. I have little humps where the Black Cherry leaves a little lump and on either side where there is Maple or Walnut or Bodark, leaving maybe a 1/64” rise and scratches from the belt sander.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 07:28 PM

A case of the wood deciding what it wants to be. Still a nice big board.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 07:29 PM

Better late than never,looks very good.


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#3 posted 01-05-2013 07:33 PM

Great board Dallas. I like colors and the pattern on it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 09:09 PM

surprised to hear that the cherry acted that way, I’d normally think of Maple as harder than cherry… about a tie between walnut and cherry. Beautiful board either way. Good Job!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 01-05-2013 10:58 PM

Ned, this Cherry came from Mass and the walnut is what I salvaged from our property here, (TX) after my boss tried to help me by placing it under the shop air compressor and it’s auto drain so it could dry.
90% of the wood was ruined and I had to ask for a donation of Walnut from some others for the gun stock I’m making for him.

Thanks Mike, it turned out OK, it just bugs me that I spent so much time getting it together and then dropped it on the concrete.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 12:02 AM

Looks very nice. A really gr8 combination of woods. Stuff happens. Tis good you were able to save it.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 01:55 AM

That cherry is harder than the hedge? Tell me it ain’t so!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 02:47 AM

I live in MA and have yet to find any Cherry harder than the local Maple…very strange indeed. Good that you were able to salvage a nice size piece. : )

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

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 03:41 AM

It’ not a perfect world but this board looks very nice as is .

-- Kiefer

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 09:52 AM

Looks good either way. I’m rather surprised about your hard cherry. The stuff I have logged and milled is always way softer or brittle than the maple from the same area.

-- With the right tools you can break anything!

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 02:16 PM

I tried getting pictures of the feeler gauge going under the straight edge on the walnut, cherry and Bodark, but I don’t have a good enough camera or lighting.

I did .011” gauge under most of it easily and some of the maple with difficulty.

For sanding I used my belt sander and Makita ROS.

Feeling frisky I started out with 80g. It didn’t take long to give up on that so I went to 50g. That didn’t work either so I moved on down to 36g on the belt sander and started removing a decent amount of material.

I worked my way back up through the grits, 36, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 150, 180 and finished at 220.
The last 4 grits were on both the belt and ROS.

All of the paper was Red on the belt sander, and on the ROS All of it was Red Gator Grit except for the 220 which was Norton Aluminum oxide.

Could I have work hardened the cherry? Is that even possible with those grits?

I also mentioned in another thread about saw blades that I wasn’t happy with the New Diablo 24T blade I had gotten at Lowes. I wonder if it could have anything to do with the Cherry that I cut first? I had attributed the problems I had with it to the Bodark I was ripping.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#12 posted 01-07-2013 01:32 AM

Dallas, I’d take that blade back. I think you got a lemon.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 01-07-2013 01:49 AM

Andy, I would but it’s just not worth dealing with the non-life forms at Lowe’s.
The blade was only $27. I’ve spent more than that on flea stuff for the wife or baubles for my kitties. Ummmm, Sorry, Other way around!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 01:58 AM

I can’t disagree, but one of my pet peeves is stuff that doesn’t work as advertized! I’ve returned stuff WAY cheaper than that blade!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 01-07-2013 02:09 AM

The last time I returned something to Lowe’s I was treated as if I was the demented child of the Tin man.
I was trying to merely replace a pair of vice grips that were missing the little spring that wasn’t there when I bought them.

The wife won’t let me go in there anymore except to pick out the pieces I need and then she buys them after I walk out again.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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