what I did last summer

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Project by danica posted 06-14-2008 10:23 PM 2235 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is embarasing I know – but what can you do?
I made this cutting board last year on vacation at Kolpa river. That`s the closest I can get to a workshop where I can use loud machines and have some space…
But I didn`t know about the Woodwhisperer or Lumberjocks or other podcasts and forums. I just remembered seeing some guy on tv (ages ago) cutting a bunch of wood blocks and gluing them together.
So my father gave me a piece of old oak stair and another oak board and we planed them down and choped them up. I never bothered to make them same size or even squere for that matter. I thought you fill the holes with glue. It woud look more interesting I thought. My father just smiled and softly said that this is not the best way – but he knows better than to interfiire with my plans.
So the cutting took 1 hour. Getting the puzzle together: 2 – 3 hours. Filling all the holes with glue again and again: few days. But planing and sanding – well that`s not over yet. I still take my hand plane from time to time and go over the spots that need it most. And then oil the board all over with wallnut oil.
When I first saw WW`s way to make cutting boards I was almost insulted. It`s that easy??!! That`s not fair!
But I love my board and wouldn`t trade it for anything. I also would never make another one this way. Ever.
But I`m goning to Kolpa river again in few days… I figure I can make 8 boards in one day, haha.

-- danica

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#1 posted 06-14-2008 10:30 PM

You know, people work for years trying to get something truly random. That in itself adds character to your board, not to mention a lot of visual interest. I’m not sure what’s embarassing since it looks like a pretty cool cutting board. One that says, “Use me” and still remains special.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 06-14-2008 10:42 PM

Learning by experimenting is the best way as far as I’m concerned. It seems like you learned a lot from this project. I can’t wait to see the next one.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 06-14-2008 11:50 PM

Very nice end grain cutting boards. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 06-14-2008 11:59 PM

I really like this board. It is so much better than the walnut/maple/walnut /maple that you see so much of. It looks like it has been around for a long time (that’s a compliment). If I had this I would be tempted to hang it on my kitchen wall as an accent piece. Looks great. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#5 posted 06-16-2008 05:29 AM

You have a project that doesn’t have a style except “Danica”. I would much rather have that accomplishment than a dozen Wood Whisperer cutting boards that he copied from David Marks who copied them from his teachers I’m sure. See what I mean? Congratulations! I see great things in your future.

-- Jim

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#6 posted 06-19-2008 06:14 AM

Very cool. Some of my favorite projects were the ones I learned on. Cutting boards are on my list for this summer.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 06-29-2008 05:20 AM

Looks good to me… Who says it has to be one way or another?

Nice job! :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#8 posted 07-03-2008 04:47 AM

you made a wonderful looking mistake. It turned out better than you think. It will mean more to you than 100 productions in a day.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 04:53 AM

There is no RIGHT WAY to make cutting boards – just your way. Looks great.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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