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Old 07-23-2016, 11:48 AM   #301
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Thanks Exit. I didn't take too many photos, but here's the process:

1. Cut scraps
2. Glue up small scraps to 1.5” thick. Strips need to be same length. Random width.
3. Plane/sand strips
4. Glue up / bar clamp 1.5” strips into 12” wide boards. All strips need to be same length. Make several boards with different patterns.
5. Plane/sand strips
6. Crosscut 12” wide boards to 1.5” wide strips, 1.5” thick.
7. Mix up crosscut strips into a variety. Turn strips sideways so end grain is up and glue together. 1.5”thick x 12” wide x16”(or 20”) long
8. Sand
9. Trim edges, Cut juice groove and handles
10. Finish with multiple coats of mineral oil, then beeswax.
Beautiful! You aren't actually going to cut things on those are you? If I were capable of such nice work, I'd have to reserve those for serving cheese slices, bread and crackers and such. I'd hate to see a knife edge, or juicy food touch them.

Question on the sanding - I would think that sanding would drive the darker sanding dust into the lighter pieces. How do you keep the light pieces clean?

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Beautiful! You aren't actually going to cut things on those are you? If I were capable of such nice work, I'd have to reserve those for serving cheese slices, bread and crackers and such. I'd hate to see a knife edge, or juicy food touch them.

Question on the sanding - I would think that sanding would drive the darker sanding dust into the lighter pieces. How do you keep the light pieces clean?

-ERD50
Thanks - These should hold up somewhat ok to knife blades. I read that wood end grain splits when a knife hits it, but recoils after the cut.

Good question on the sanding. Th light pieces are hard maple, and the darker sanding dust doesn't penetrate it.
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Thanks - These should hold up somewhat ok to knife blades. I read that wood end grain splits when a knife hits it, but recoils after the cut.

Good question on the sanding. Th light pieces are hard maple, and the darker sanding dust doesn't penetrate it.
That makes sense. Unless you hit your food with a six pound splitting maul the end grain should be just fine.

FYI awesome details in the boards.
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Ronstar, I am very impressed
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Old 07-23-2016, 02:50 PM   #305
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Very nice cutting boards, worthy of hanging on the wall!
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I did some wood working too, a dog food bin;



A 24 pound sack of food fits perfectly;

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Reall like the cutting boards, have done some similar ones and they are real conversation pieces. Like the dog food container too, how,is,the lettering done? Is it inlaid?
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Just stenciled, masked and spray painted and hand paint in the stencil gaps after.

Then varnish over again so it won't chip off.
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Nice looking dog food bin, RobbieB. Lettering adds a nice touch. I'm going to try the stencil thing one of these days.
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Whipped up a little vase on the lathe. European walnut. The hibiscus flower is a little big for it.
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Nice vase, something to be said for the immediate gratification that comes from a small project on the lathe!
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Great craftsmanship Ronstar. Thank you for posting!
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I enjoyed seeing your beautiful wood creations and watching the video Ronstar. Thanks for posting them. I always thought it would be great fun to use lots of power tools and make useful items out of wood.

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Ronstar, ever thought of making an ornamental baseball bat? Secret wish of mine to do.
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15 lbs. of pulled pork. Will host 5 lunches and 1 dinner with friends and relatives in the Airbnb apt. I'll rent in home town this week. I'll buy some corn on the cob, open some bags of chips, and defrost the cookies and cheesecake I bought at GFS. Then we'll all just kick back and enjoy..........the shores of Lake Ontario.

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15 lbs. of pulled pork. Will host 5 lunches and 1 dinner with friends and relatives in the Airbnb apt. I'll rent in home town this week. I'll buy some corn on the cob, open some bags of chips, and defrost the cookies and cheesecake I bought at GFS. Then we'll all just kick back and enjoy..........the shores of Lake Ontario.

We'll need some photos of that!
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Ronstar, ever thought of making an ornamental baseball bat? Secret wish of mine to do.
I only have a mini lathe - so I can only make a mini-bat. But I'm like you - it is something that I would like to do.
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We'll need some photos of that!
Egad! That would require that I learn how to.....

1. get pictures off my phone or camera and on to my computer;

2. get the photos somehow off a file and into er.org;

3. call my dear 17-year-old nephew in Northern Calif. to explain how to do these things;

4. use up about an hour of his time (since I am tech-challenged);

5. then, since he just started taking US History AP this week, I will have to live with the guilt of dragging him away from his studies (which he would be thrilled to have me do);

6. then I will worry that he won't do well writing his first practice in-class essay.


Yes, these are the foibles of the technologically challenged.

I might do better to just report if folks enjoyed my pulled pork by the lake!

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Egad! That would require that I learn how to.....

1. get pictures off my phone or camera and on to my computer;

2. get the photos somehow off a file and into er.org;

3. call my dear 17-year-old nephew in Northern Calif. to explain how to do these things;

4. use up about an hour of his time (since I am tech-challenged);

5. then, since he just started taking US History AP this week, I will have to live with the guilt of dragging him away from his studies (which he would be thrilled to have me do);

6. then I will worry that he won't do well writing his first practice in-class essay.


Yes, these are the foibles of the technologically challenged.

I might do better to just report if folks enjoyed my pulled pork by the lake!

Instead of bothering the 17 year old, just find some local 10 year old boy or girl and they will do it for you.
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Instead of bothering the 17 year old, just find some local 10 year old boy or girl and they will do it for you.
Used to know some in my old neighborhood. So I will need to make some new friends, who could probably do all this in a jiffy (rather than spend hours teaching this old dog new tricks).

But Dear Nephew often does have the patience to teach me. I will just need to interrupt him later.....
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