A Whole New Respect

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Project by BigDumbAnimal posted 12-20-2013 03:14 AM 1882 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As the title implies, I have a whole new respect for you guys and gals who make these on a regular basis. I’ve seen the posts, added the projects to “my favorites”, read the blogs, and watched the videos on youtube. I finally convinced myself that these look easy enough and that I should make some for my parents and inlaws for Christmas.

I’m still not sure where exactly things started to go wrong. I know I goofed on the initial glue up and after rereading some of the material here I realized that I cut them to thickness and tried to glue up hockey pucks instead of sausages. Then there was some uneven clamping pressure on what turned out to not be a perfectly flat surface. I was deceived again in the assembly after the glue dried and I discovered that what looked like a perfectly tight joint on the up side of the board was anything but on the bottom side of the board.

In the end I spent more than a few painful evenings after work cutting and gluing little wedges into the gaps. Then without a thickness sander and not trusting my bench-top planer I flatted (again over a much extended period of time) both sides with el cheapo tiny belt sander.

Needless to say there were some serious lessons learned and again I have the utmost respect for you pros out there who made this look much easier than at least in my case it turned out to be.

I have to say that in the end my helper swooped in and saved the day with her exceptional finishing skills. She took genuine enjoyment from the initial hand rubbed mineral oil finish.

All in all I ended up with two cutting boards that turned out much better than I thought they would at the halfway point and that I can proudly place under their respective Christmas trees.

For those interested, the boards are made from cherry, maple, and walnut. They are about 15” x 14” x 1.5” and finished with two coats of pure mineral oil and another two coats of a home brewed mineral oil and beeswax combo (3:1).

Finally for anyone who’s considering trying these, I say go for it. If I can muddle my way through to a presentable product so can you.

-- Semper Fi BDA

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#1 posted 12-20-2013 03:31 AM

They look great and I’m glad you posted this – I’m in the middle of making one of these and you’ve given me hope! Like you, I’m finding some gaps that I’ll have to fill. I hope mine turns out 1/2 as nice as yours!

I especially like the dark rings on the maple pieces – looks like shadows. Well done.

-- Alberta, Canada

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#2 posted 12-20-2013 03:33 AM

They look great man !.....They will be a great Christmas present for the parents and inlaws…. You should be proud of yourself for all the effort you put into them….Well done

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#3 posted 12-20-2013 03:40 AM

Thanks for sharing, just goes to show what you can accomplish if you don’t toss the towel in, without a doubt “You did Yourself Proud”..:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#4 posted 12-20-2013 03:43 AM

Wow, these look great. All your time and effort really shows. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 12-20-2013 03:49 AM

I want to try to make these, but I am fearful of the glue up and correct cuts.

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#6 posted 12-20-2013 04:13 AM

I’ve been considering and admiring these types of cutting boards ever since I found LumberJocks. I have to say you have two very fine specimens. Nice work!


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#7 posted 12-20-2013 04:21 AM

Great work. Always good to learn.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 12-20-2013 04:57 AM

Hey They look Fantastic :: Big learning curve im sure :: you must have learned so much though while doing it ?
YES ! inspireing ! well you have a great finnish and I bet you are real proud. Next time you will do it in half the time. Great looking boards Great finnish Great project well done ::

-- BAZZ, LIVERPOOL UK A workshop is not a luxury . We need it to preserve our sanity in this frantic world we live in. A place to be at peace.

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 06:46 AM

They look pretty good to me

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 09:27 AM

Way to stick with it, looks great. These are fun to build, I have had many request to make more of them.

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

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#11 posted 12-20-2013 10:37 AM

deja vu . i know where your coming from ,my first one was a night mare , lol . but it was worth it ,yours turned out great keep up the good work .

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#12 posted 12-20-2013 06:31 PM

Great Job!

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#13 posted 12-20-2013 09:52 PM

Nice job .My first two were the same with glue ups. If the cuts aren’t perfect it will magnify the mistake throughout. My wern’t posted because i am still going to try another. I ran mine through the planer and it wanted to tear out the end.

-- Ted ,Conesus,N.Y.

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#14 posted 12-20-2013 10:11 PM

Great choice of wood. The pattern is totally cool and very appealing! Nice job!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#15 posted 12-20-2013 11:36 PM

Good for you. They look great. Be proud that you didn’t give up.

Best advice I can give is making sure to get the right sizes to start. Easy said, but this is where it all starts. Having built a bit of these kind of things, the more you get a tight fit and less clamp pressure the better.

Looks mighty fine,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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