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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Mon Sep 23, 2019 3:04 pm

Lessons Learned so far?
Don't piece together linear segments... Just another chance for gaps.

Joint the sides, plane tops and bottoms, every step.

Use enough glue, but not too much. How much is enough, or too much? Ah..good question.
Enough and the boards hold tight. Too much? You have a mess to clean up, and hydraulic pressure resists a tight joint. Sheesh.

Good clamps... Good clamps make a difference. I don't have the right type clamps for this job, and have been making do. Eventually, I will get the right type. :lol:
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Sun Oct 06, 2019 11:26 am

Got back to work on the Christmas Cutting Boards. I sliced that Table Top from my friend into 1-1/2 inch slices, AFTER removing the four metal screws I found buried in the wood. I used a hollow 3/8 bit to cut AROUND the screws all the way thru and drop them out the bottom of the boards, and I'll cut a 3/8 plug from leftover material and put in the sections before the glue up. I cut the sections so the holes left behind will be buried IN the cutting boards but for grins, I'll fill the holes with matching material, YOU never know. ;)

In case, dear reader, you didn't see the "Small Projects" post, I will be using the PVC work stand in this project. It was made especially for glue up of the cutting boards. Here is a mock up of the stand in use. It allows for smooth glue up and then clamping...
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The board components on the stand are the ones I intend to use, but they had not yet been planed. The main component show is the exotic from the Caribbean. The name escapes me, but I will make the two boards from these slices from the table top and present them to my Friend and his son as a memorial of the Father and Grandfather, pilot of a bomber in WWII and a good role model all their lives. He is living in a home these days, but still sharp as a tack and recently interviewed and video taped so his memories of a critical mission during the war could be forever kept and used at the WWII Museum. If you visit, Dave's Dad narrates the harrowing mission where is gunner had his foot shot off and still completed the mission. As Pilot in Command he recommended the Gunner for the Silver Star, which he received.

I wandered off topic, which I am prone to do... Sorry.

The table component, prior to planing.... kinda shows it's age.

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All those slices after planing.... beautiful.

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If you look at the upper picture, note the maple and purple heart accent. As stated in another post elsewhere, I intend to rip those in half, thinning those from 3/4 to 3/8 thickness. They are intended only as accent pieces and I think at the 3/4 thickness they do more than accent. I may split them and put an accent at the top and bottom, or just the single accent stripe. Thoughts?
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Mon Oct 07, 2019 10:43 am

Worked on the new boards yesterday and this morning. Yesterday I marked the accent pieces and ripped them to 3/8ths, then ran them thru the planer. A slow steady pass thru the band saw nearly got them to the same size... :roll: ... nearly. :)

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After ripping you can see they are pretty close, but there are still waves and ripples and some burn marks, they will take a few passes thru the planer. That purple heart sure is a beautiful deep color huh?

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Rolled out the planer and ran them all thru, until they were a consistent size and smooth so they would glue up tight and without gaps. Then test fitted them loosely, with just hand pressure looking for gaps, didn't see any. If you don't see any with hand pressure, there certainly won't be any with the pressure applied by the clamps. (2200 pounds.) ;)


Here is the new pattern, I certainly like it a lot better. I left the glue up for the next day.

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This morning I headed out to do the glue up. A chance to try the new jig and see if it was worth the effort. Clamped it on the bench and laid out the first cutting board. You leave the nearest piece standing and lay each of the others flat turning them back away from you. Then you glue the side facing up and turn each one to the board in front, rebuilding your cutting board.

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There are a number of ways to apply the glue, and I have tried several, seeing many options in the video. I finally found the one that works the best and would you believe it is a properly sized paint roller. Once it soaks up enough glue that it doesn't suck up anymore, it's a dream for application. Even and smooth and quick. You squirt the glue directly on the board and then spread it evenly with the roller. Place the board then repeat.

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Careful application of the glue reduces the mess, and makes for a smooth even job. Once all the glue is applied you clamp up the project and set is aside to dry.

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Here is a closer look at the pattern as clamped. Once the board is set up, it will have the edges trimmed and then be scraped to remove excess glue and run thru the planer and sanded to 320 or 400.

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This is a real cutting board, and the pair is supposed to be the gift for my friend and his son. I can't screw these up. The wood is irreplaceable.

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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by MuddyWaters62 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 12:11 pm

I believe that you have really nailed this project for your friend and son. I really love purple heart wood. I have used it for several projects. I used it as laminate in gluing up a bench rest stock. I used it with maple in thin layers and it looked almost psychodelic polished and automotive clear coated. Thanks again for all your pics and tips. Much appreciated.posting.php?mode=reply&f=56&t=7529#
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:25 pm

Got out a couple times today to work on the Cutting Boards. My problem is that things distract me. I was cold this morning and I had to wear my sweat pants and hoodie out to the shop... and :roll: that was a problem.... caused a distraction. For the last couple years, I just draped the jacket over something and covered it in sawdust. Then I would take my apron off it's hook and think, there should be more hooks. ;) :P

So today, before I got started, I figured I would put up more hooks. I knew I had a half dozen of the brass coat hooks somewhere, I had remembered seeing them. I hung my jacket over the back of the walker and started looking. In the drawers and cabinets. I knew I had seen them in the last few months. :roll: I had laid them all out on the bench for something. I know I had seen them and .... I looked in the different cans on the shelf. Where did I put them... :| Oh... I remember why I laid them all out. Tina wanted a rack made for the dog leashes and collars.. :evil: :oops: There are now eight brass hooks mounted on a pine board in the laundry room. (Gibbs Slap.) Half Hour Wasted.

So, I took a pine board and cut it to 18", marked three equally spaced locations and drilled a one inch hole with a Forstner bit... then... Boom, four inch long 1" dowel. Coat rack. Now where to put it. Needs to be near the door, but... ;) Oh... I have been thinking I need to move the pencil sharpener nearer the workbench, WHY walk all the way back to the door to sharpen a pencil? Duh. Disassembled the sharpener... (AND discovered it was packed full... I MEAN packed full of two years of shavings.) :twisted: unscrewed the sharpener from the wall and shavings went everywhere.

Installed the sharpener to the left of the tool cabinet near the work bench after spending a few minutes cleaning it out. Then Installed the coat rack beside the door. Place to hang the coat and the apron. Extra hook for Miss T when she comes in. (Half hour now gone.)

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Got out the shop vac to clean up the mess on the workbench and under the new coat rack from the filthy sharpener. (How long has it been since YOU cleaned out your sharpener?) Remembered that the filter in the vacuum is packed with sawdust and it will barely suck. :cry: Took all the tools out of the rack on the vacuum, disconnected the hose, and lifted off the top, removed the filter. 1/2" of dust packed on the filter. Whacked it in the trash can and got the soft brush and cleaned it out, took the canister out and dumped it in the can, and reassembled the vacuum. (Geez, where does the time go?) Time for lunch.

Back out to the shop after lunch.... took the clamps off the cutting boards, and put them back on the rack.

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Put the two rough cutting boards thru the planer, to shave off the old glue and then get two flat sides, removing the slight imperfections. A lot less than in the last four practice boards since I had my pvc rack to assemble them on and the GOOD clamps.


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After they were planed smooth, I put them in the SLED I built to allow for this operation and trimmed both ends square. This would not have been possible without the sled. The miter bar would not have been deep enough to allow the width of the cutting board to fit nor strong enough to handle the weight.

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Once both were trimmed, I used the 1/4" roundover bit in the hand held router to round the top edge of both cutting boards then switched to the orbital sander and smoothed the tops, sides and the bottom to 120 grit, rolling the edges and the corners at this grit. I took my time and made sure it all looked good. Next I upped to 220 and worked the edges and top again and the result was a surface like high quality glass. I wish you could feel it.

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The next step is to order a CA glue kit with all three levels, Thin, Medium, and Thick. I will CAREFULLY fill the worm holes, VERY minor cracks, and some knots on the back; prior to applying the three coats of mineral oil. I also plan to add the small rubber feet. Then done.
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by markiver54 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:23 pm

Wow! Sounds like a busy day...heck, Ya wore me out!😁
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Tue Oct 08, 2019 10:36 pm

I sat down in my recliner after the second session just for a minute. She whispered her siren's song... I woke up an hour later. ;) geez, she is good.
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Post by BrokenolMarine » Wed Oct 09, 2019 2:49 pm

Got back out to work in the shop, and went to work on the first four boards to see if I could salvage them. I put a clear base on the router for better control, but THAT became a task since it didn't fit the Porter Cable router. Careful measuring and three step drilling and it was installed.

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Note the clear base is wide, and has a handle for the left hand for excellent control. I had "Forgetten" I had this, but it is a great asset to aide in both control of the router and stability. Look at the clean cut of the passes on the Chevron cutting board. Nice, except for the beading caused by the thickness of the board and the edge of the router being wider than the bearing. My fault.

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Some time with 120 grit sandpaper smoothed the transitions and took away the bead line.

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Then, I worked the top and sides again with 220 and got a nice smooth finish on this puppy. Awaiting the CA glue to arrive and we will be golden.

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Worked on the walnut cutting boards as well. They had their edges dressed up and the scratches from that old nasty router table removed. The edge beading was removed with a plane, and I ran them thru the planer a and shaved just enough off the top to remove the scratches. Then 120/220 for these as well. Boards one and two are done, three is clamped regluing a loose joint.

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Feet for all the boards are on order.
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Post by MuddyWaters62 » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:18 pm

Gee! How else are you going to find things that mysteriously walk away? The poltergeists in my shop are always doing that to me. I swear I can put a piece down and have my hand on it, then I look again, it has disappeared. Look high and low, it shows back up across the shop 2 days later. I guess that's why I have so many tool duplicates and even some triplicates!!!
It has finally now gotten out of the mid 90's and down to 70's. I can work in my shop without browning out the neighborhood!! I still like your last cutting boards, even though I would of used a bit more of the purple heart. I've got some left over Purple heart and some lacewood. I think I will build a table protector for T'Day Turkey platter x 2. Can't have too many??
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Re: Christmas Presents

Post by BrokenolMarine » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:45 pm

I didn't have the purple heart when I made those first four. Woodcraft put it on sale after they were done. Believe me, it was bought for accents. :D I bought a good bit. I have a good supply of lacewood, but I make nice boxes from that. :D
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