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Found 13 results

  1. Trivets

    Jay Skelton sent me to Menards and said to get some of these. They are corian, quartz, acrylic (?) pieces that measure about 11.5 inches square. Polish festivals are coming up. Can be used as a trivet, display, or cutting board for serving things like cheese or dips or whatever.
  2. Christmas 2017

    Well the gifts for friends and relatives are finished- unless Mimi adds someone to the list. A little unusual this year in that just about everyone is getting something different.
  3. I'm Back!!!

    Things kinda got busy here at the shop and I had two back to back shows on a Friday so I had to get Ron to post a Friday post for me. Tomorrow will be three months since my knee replacement and I saw the Dr. a week ago and he was pleased with the outcome and my recovery. He pretty much told me to start doing what I wanted to but to remember to listen to my body. So for now I am going strong! My son and wife were with me in the shop over the weekend to help me get out an order of four Big Green Egg tables made of cedar. I got the boards all run for two tables while they were working on assembly and sanding of two tables. Yesterday I finished sanding the last one and got them out of the shop and delivered. When I got home, I finished unloaded some Walnut and Cedar I had picked up Saturday at the saw mill. Last night I got six cutting boards cut out and today I will start jointing, planing, cutting to final and gluing them up. Busy time in the shop and I love it. I see by all the post I have some catching up to do. I am glad to see all of you getting to work in your shop and make some wonderful projects. Well I'll check back later, but the jointer is calling my name. Have fun and work safe.
  4. John Moody Woodworks

    Web site for John Moody showcasing some of the different pieces of woodworking made by John.
  5. I have made a lot of cutting boards over the years, but this one was a first. I have a friend at church that wanted me to make him a custom size maple cutting board with a 1/2" deep "Blood Groove" on one side. When he has family over they cook up a big chunk of meat and he carves it and always gets the meat juices all over the place. So he gave me a drawing of what he wanted before Christmas and I told him I couldn't get anything done in the shop until February as we were tied up with some family stuff and a renovation of our guest room. So I finally got to it this month and I had to do a bit of scrambling to make it work out as this was a new wrinkle in my typical cutting boards. So I started off cutting up the strips to make 4 maple cutting board blanks that would end up being 19"x11.75"x1.5" once they were glued up. The final dimensions for the finished cutting board would be 17"x11.75"x1.25" after planing and final sanding. So once I got the 4 cutting boards all planed down and run through the drum sander, I took 2 of the cutting boards and cut them to the final size to work with. Since I had never done a blood groove before, I wanted to make sure that I could do a bit of experimentation to get it right. I could have done it by hand using a plunge router, but I was not real comfortable with that. So I planned on doing it on the router table. So I had picked up a 3/4"x1" round nose bit and got it set up in the router table. I laid out on the fence the width of the bit edges along with the the starting and stopping points for both the short sides and long sides as well as marking out the the points on the the 2 cutting boards. The first cut I did on the short side I messed up with my mark, so I had to change it a little bit. After that the other 3 sides worked out perfect. I started with the bit at 1/4" so as to make it in 2 passes for the 1/2" depth. After doing all 4 sides I learned a couple of things. First of all I learned that the more passes that you made you have greater opportunity to mess up. So I flipped the practice board over and raised the bit up to 1/2" to do it with 1 pass per side. I was concerned about how the router and bit would handle it, but with the 3.25HP router it plowed through without a hitch. So now that I had done it twice on the practice board, I did the real thing and it turned out good. As for the practice board, I took it to the table saw and trimmed off the edges where the grooves were and made a smaller cutting board which I will give my friend as well. The left board below was my practice board. I set up the router table with a round over bit and hit all the edges. I had to do a bit of hand sanding in the blood groove to smooth things out as well as to get the burn marks out of the corners as maple burns easy. Then I got out the orbital sander and ran the boards through the different grits to get them ready for the mineral oil. So here is the final outcome after sanding. All in all, it turned out pretty well. Now that I have made it through my first blood groove, I know that I can repeat it again if/when someone wants one down the road. Before I had started I looked up videos online of people making blood grooves, but all of them were done using a hand held plunge router with an edge guide. I have never been good at using a plunge router by hand using an edge guide, so doing it on the router table really made so much easier for me.
  6. Cutting Boards.......

    Working as steady as I can to get ready for the Craft show season. First Friday in March is the kick off here although I am not sure the weather is going to cooperate since it is out doors. Got the first batch of large boards out of the clamps and another batch in the clamps last night. Now it is on to the drum sander to get them flat and ready. And the Beat goes on, and the Beat goes on....
  7. Christmas gifts

    I was able to get a few gifts done this christmas. Christmas ornaments for my grandkids. Mirror for my wife out of spaulted maple. Cutting boards for my mother and daughters out of curly maple and walnut, stirring spatulas out of walnut for my wifes friend. Necklace holders out of cherry "Lake Superior wave" for my other daughters. All in all we had a very enjoyable christmas eve and day. How about everyone else?
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  11. Show Day

    Today was a show day for us. Didn't make enough to buy a BMW but did O. K.
  12. Humbled

    I got a call a few weeks back from the Mayor or our town. He wanted three maple pens and a two of my small cutting boards. So I delivered them to his office last Thursday morning along with three display boxes I got from Woodcraft to put the Maple pens in. I just didn't have time to make the boxes and these looked so good with the pens. He and the Governor or Alabama along with the Secretary of Commence are on a recruiting trip to South Korea and Japan to talk to several businesses about locating in our area. My items were taken to present as gifts to those dignitaries they will be meeting with. Wow. Quite the honor to have my items selected to go along on this trip and very humbling. Many of things could have been selected from the many artist in our area so I humbled and honored to have my items selected. Here is our Mayor with me presenting him the items.
  13. Cutting Boards

    I took a class at my Woodcraft store last week for making end grain cutting boards. It turned out I was the only one that signed up for the class so I got the instructor's full attention. Another plus was that since I was the only one there we had lots of time so I ended up with two boards. I'd seen her boards at a craft show before and thought that the way the patterns ran was pretty interesting and wanted to see how she did it. Really it was pretty simple, I should have seen it myself. We had a good time anyway for three nights. I'm wanting to make some more. I think I want to find some hickory, I think that could make some interesting end grain patterns. The biggest problem I see with these boards is that they look too nice to use. She had me sanding them down to 600 grit and they are like glass.

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