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I started these two boards over a year ago but didn't have or have access to a drum sander so they just sat. I finally took them to my son-in-laws dads shop and we used his. Itook the wife with me so the seed is planted to get one. I LOVE that tool. The first is a mixture of end cut Braxilian Cherry and Brazilian Oak. The second is a checker board design with black walnut and oak. The peppermill is a combination of elm, brazilian oak and cocobolo. The boards are sanded to 1200 grit and walnut oil applied. I have a 3 day art show coming up the 20th of Aug so have been busy building my stock up for the show.

Thank you for looking at them. Comments and questions always welcome.

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All three projects are great, but the end-grain Brazilian Cherry and Oak is much too nice to cut on.

I would like to have a thickness sander also, but I doubt that I will ever be able to justify it.

Good Luck at the show.
 

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Wow Jim, that Brazilian cutting board really stands out. And the pepper mill is fancy. Good luck with your show. Have you done many of these before?
 

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Barbs - I did 4 or 5 last year, mainly around Christmas. I'm booked for about 10 this year. Just small local types. The one this month is the largest and the longest run of any so far. Have to cover table costs and make enough to move on and pay for the nest one (and maybe some supplies and TOOLS). Would love to make enough to get a drum sander. I fell in love with it this weekend working on the two end cut boards. My wife put her dibs on the brazilian cherry board but I told her unless she wanted to pay for it up front it was going to the show.
 

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Yes! Nice Work indeed.
 

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Nice board, 1200 huh? I thought I was over sanding the Endgrain to 320 ! Nice job….I did my first 10 boards with no drum sander ugh!
 

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Ken - I usually stop sanding the sides at about 280 to 320 but the flat cutting surface I like to go 1000 or better to give it that POP at the shows. The most stated comment at shows is that they would hate to cut on it….......use it as a serving board and buy one of my ugler ones to cut on. And you're right, no drum sander, UGH. That's why they sat for over a year. Now that I see how easy ti is I will produce more and get a drum sander. Thanks for the look and comments.
 

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Jim, Nice job on all these. Seeing that 2nd board made me think… "Has anyone ever built a combination cutting board/Chess board?". Double duty I say. :)

You might check out the Drum sander plans in ShopNotes #87.
 

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Bill, working with the south american exotics I have found that many of them tear and rip so after I used the drum sander it became apparent that this is the next oool I need to het. I saved a lot of work and work pieces using it this weekend. So many of the shows I go to are requiring state business lic so I finally took the step and got one (business lic). Now I can write it off (drum sander) as a business expense. It will improve the quality of the work pieces. Still love your work Bill. YOU are an artist.
 

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A drum sander is a must.. I wore one generic one out… now have a Jet… only the 16/32 but I just love it…
Larry
PS good luck at the show…Keep us posted.
 

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Ken & Larry - I just watched Wood Wisperer's pod cast on cutting boards and I am going to have to revisit and re-think how I construct and finish my boards. Being cheap I will NOT throw away my walnut oil finish until it's all gone but I do think I will try some of his finishing techniques to avoid the possibility of nut allergy problems. Plus it looks like it gives it a better seal and that's the goal on a cutting board. Thank you so much for the ideas and thanks LJ for the ability of earching for past projects, ideas and suggestions. I learned a lot in the past few days. Stay tuned for new cutting boards as I try new ideas and suggestions.
 

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wow Jim, beautiful boards. How do you deceide how to price tem when you go to shows?
 

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I know this will sound like a cop-out but it's whatever I think the market will bear. In no way is it anywhere near what it has cost me in time and supplies but if I am able to recoup the cost of supplies and a little time then I can live with it. If it doesn't sell then I reduce it and then never make it again.
 
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