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Project by Ken90712 posted 02-05-2013 04:12 PM 2751 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I don’t normally post all the cutting boards I make on here, as I have made over 300. But this one is more a tribute to fellow Lumberjock MclelanVa and his blog he did for everybody on here.

I had some buddies that had been helping me with things over time and decided I would make them cutting boards as a thank-you. I made these boards out of Blue Oak and Walnut, as my one of my friends loves Walnut.

What I found interesting was how difficult the last glue up was. I ensured the pieces were the exact dimensions after the final glue-up, however they were not, as some of the lines were impossible to line up. So for the first try I was not happy with my results but others are not a critical as us Lumberjocks. So you can bet there will be another attempt at this to discover where it went wrong.

I made 2 cutting boards and 2 Cheese boards. I finished them with mineral oil then a cpl coats of board conditioner wax.

Thx for taking the time do write the blog and post fellow Lumberjocks McLeanVa
All comment always welcome.

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

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 04:16 PM

Hey Ken, they look good from here.
And a nice tribute to McLeanVA, a very helpful source.

I kind of like the dark colors.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 04:30 PM

Beautiful board Ken I never heard of blue oak thanks for sharing

-- Cosmicturner

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 04:31 PM

I’m with Steve, like the color and the cool design as well nice rendition and tribute to a fellow jock….BC

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 04:34 PM

Wow. What an awesome way to start my day. With a tribute from Ken. Thank you so much for the credit. So glad that my few hours putzing around in the shop and Adobe Illustrator has inspired other woodworkers.

Your boards turned out fantastic. Excellent job. I hope they find great homes with the recipients asking “How in the world did you do that?”

Keep up the excellent craftsmanship Ken. You are a master.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 04:40 PM

Nice looking boards. I’m sure your friends will appreciate them.

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 04:53 PM

Beautiful boards, Ken!

Thanks for the heads up about the cutting board tutorial. I just added it to my favorites. And, thanks to McLeanVA for taking the time to create it.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 05:44 PM

Very COOL boards, Ken!

I can see how a problem could happen… I think you did GOOD!

The whole procedure boggles my mind! LOL

Nice work!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 07:24 PM

Nice boards!
Glue ups are always…...... trying.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 02-05-2013 07:25 PM

Having made some McLeanVA’s designs I know the frustration of the misalignments…however that said what a great tribute to a fellow woodworker and a great job on the boards…

-- Be safe.

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#10 posted 02-05-2013 09:45 PM

Thats pretty sweet Ken….. you guys have way more patience than me… would be little blocks laying all over the yard along with tufts of my hair…rofl. Fine job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#11 posted 02-05-2013 09:56 PM

Isn’t the KEY to the whole process

to make ALL ‘same width’ ‘same length’ cuts at the same time…??

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#12 posted 02-05-2013 10:57 PM

Hey Ken, great job on the boards. I tried my hand at one so I too know the difficulties involved. Mclean Va is a super guy for putting that blog up for all to share.

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

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#13 posted 02-05-2013 11:18 PM


I meant to comment on your Branding Iron!

Fantastic… haven’t seen one like that before… Custom job?
Where did you get it? Cost?

Looks GREAT!

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#14 posted 02-06-2013 12:43 AM

nice boards Ken


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#15 posted 02-06-2013 12:45 AM

Thank-you everyone for the kind words. When debating on posting these as I was not happy with my results I reminded myself it was more about the Blog from Chris than my individual results. I was extremely careful with the measurements, planning & cutting them all the same but just a little off. My temper was flaring. LOL Practice makes perfect right?

Blondie bought me the Branding Iron from Brand New Industries Inc.

They have all kinds you can choose from, it was 60 bucks. I chose not to get the electric one from advice of a friend. More money and he said his didn’t last. I use Map gas for 1:45 seconds. After some practice you know the characteristics of it.

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

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