"Sharpness at a Glance"

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Project by Firewood20 posted 01-28-2014 06:42 AM 6020 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my project I finished recently. It has taken a lot more time and attention than my other projects. It all started with simple idea… chop down a tree, have it milled down to boards, dry them and make plenty of projects out of it! Simple right? lol well… maybe not as easy as I make it sound but if there is one thing I’ve learned on my woodworking journey, we must have plenty of patience and have room to grow.

This is my entry for the Winter Awards 2014 contest. I have been patiently waiting to hear more on the entry instructions so until then I will post it here under “my projects”. I must say I am very excited to have another project behind me. has become a routine to my weekly schedule; everyone’s projects, reviews, and blogs are what keeps me returning for more.

About my project: I found that a simple “Walnut” cutting board would not “cut it” for the contest. So… I took a careful look into my current knife set up, thinking of all those very sharp edges that would merely destroy a cutting board. I had to do something better. I pondered for a while before I came up with this design. What is more beautiful than a end grain cutting board? One that will “stand up” to the test of time and allow me to see which knife I want. As you can see, it is a very simplistic design and I hope you like it.

I welcome your questions and comments.
Thank you,

-- Dustin, Central Coast California

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#1 posted 01-28-2014 12:47 PM

This is very nice. What is and where did you get the hardware?

-- We all should push ourselves to learn new skills.

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#2 posted 01-28-2014 01:41 PM

That looks great, very nice job, very different also

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 01-28-2014 02:39 PM

Very nice and great idea. Is there any way to keep the knives from touching each other and dulling the cutting edge?

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#4 posted 01-28-2014 05:53 PM

very sharp

-- greg indiana

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#5 posted 01-28-2014 06:29 PM

Great idea and very attractive

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-30-2014 03:13 AM

Thank you everyone for looking at my project. The stainless steel hardware are called barrel screws glass stand off pins. I purchased them from Amazon for about 8.50 for 10 of them. They come in different size diameters and depths. I had to use a forstner bit to countersink them so the gap between the wood and the acrylic sheet wouldn’t be too big. Anther thing to note is cutting acrylic sheeting is very nice if you have a 40+ tooth blade that isn’t covered in pitch and resin on the teeth. After the cut, you may experience a dull look on the thin edging you just cut; one way around this is to very lightly take a blow torch or heat gun to “melt” the edges so that the gloss and see through affect comes back. It was my first time dealing with such a wide assortment of materials in a project, but I have been experimenting with all sorts of things for future builds. As for not touching blade to blade, I do not have a solution for this… maybe just reduce the number of blades you store?

-- Dustin, Central Coast California

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#7 posted 02-01-2014 01:45 AM

Kool idea.

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

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