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  1. For those of you who use a drum sander you know that sometimes you'll get snipe just like on a planer. The quick trick to eliminating that is just like with a planer - use a sacrificial board in front of and behind the work piece. Now, that's all fine and dandy if you have straight edges on your work piece but if it's oddly shaped or round, then what do you do? Well, what I do is save the cut-offs from the work piece. They're the same thickness and should fit pretty closely to run in front of and behind the target work piece. A few weeks ago I cut a large Lazy Susan and didn't allow enough on my scrap pieces to use them on the drum sander. What I ended up with was a very beautiful Walnut Lazy Susan but at the correct angle, and if you knew what to look for, you could see some very faint snipe. I didn't take a photo but I could see it. So when I made this even thicker Walnut cutting board I was determined to not fall into that trap again. My cut-offs were large enough to go in front of and behind the cutting board and what I ended up with is a perfectly flat 18" round surface. I cut the scrap pieces down to where they fit just inside the width of our 19/38 drum sander and made sure to feed them in before and after the cutting board on each pass of each grit from 120/150/220. I've also done this with angled pieces where the leading edge is angled relative to the grain direction and it truly makes a difference. David
  2. Yes, another cutting board thread... sorry. This is an all Maple board 12" x 15" x 1 1/4". The top 1/2" is bookmatched with some nice ribbon in a few spots, mostly toward the left side. The reason I'm posting yet another cutting board is that I've never done one like this and that's typically what I post. I don't see any point in showing y'all cutting boards just like the last 10 or 20 I've made so you get to see the new ones and then I won't bother y'all again. Well, unless it's sort of the same with a new and interesting twist. I cut the board, drew the design in CorelDraw X8, and took the CorelDraw artwork to the laser shop I do work for and they cut it for me while I had a cup of coffee and waited the 30 minutes it took to burn the design. This was cut on a 60 watt Epilog and done in one pass. I lightly sanded the whole board with 400 grit when I got back to the shop so the tree and other burn areas would take on a bit more character. Then the standard 2 coats of mineral oil the first day followed by our Beeswax and mineral oil mix the next day. On the bottom are silicone rubber feet attached with stainless steel screws. Anyway, here's the board. David
  3. I started senior high school in 1961. Somehow, fate steered me into the vocational program of building construction. My teacher was Mr. Lester Ostrasky. Most of us have had that one teacher that we never forget. The one that had the greatest influence on our lives- Mr. Ostrasky is that teacher. Starting in my sophomore year, I gave him a Christmas present and have done so every year since. After the Navy and a few years at the Letterkenny Army Depot, I started my teaching career at the new Vocational Center. Mr. Ostrasky was teaching there also. Now we were teaching partners but he still offered guidance to the "new kid". Though we are both retired, we still exchange gifts. This year, I've made him an optical illusion cutting board. Although the illusion isn't as pronounced as I had hoped, I think he will be pleased. The board is made from walnut and maple and is an edge grain design. I started by milling and gluing up the alternating strips. Then planed the blank to the final thickness and cut it into strips. Unlike most of the checker board type cutting boards, the alternating squares needed to radiate out from the center and the finished board has each corner the same color square. To accomplish this, I made an extra row strip that would later be removed. The illusion is created by alternate colored inserts strategically placed within the squares. Some of these boards use round inserts (dowels) and others use square inserts. I decided on square ones. Square holes were relative easy as I have a hollow mortiser. The problem was that the "throat" depth was not nearly deep enough to reach the center squares. To overcome this problem, I delayed gluing the strips together until after the square holes were made. Accurate spacing of the inserts is essential for the illusion so I dry assembled the board and clamped it securely. Once the pieces were secured, I scored lines to help locate the square holes. Then added black dots to further identify the hole locations. Because the holes were equal distance from each edge of the strips I set the mortiser fence to provide consistent placement. The center of the holes were on the scribed lines. Now it was just a matter of punching the holes into each strip and then reassembling the board with glue. Once the board was assembled, a couple of passes through the drum sander to smooth the surfaces. I also needed to clean up the holes so the pegs would seat correctly. A sharp chisel took care of that. The pegs were made from long 1/4" x 1/4" sticks. A simple bandsaw jig made for quick cutting. Pegs were glued into the holes. The extra peg lengths were cut off and the board sanded with a random orbital sander. A liberal coating of Bumble Bee Butter to protect the surface. In hindsight, I should have created the square pegs differently. The pegs are positioned with the end grain showing. The end grain of the maple plugs darkened more than I had expected. They look more like cherry. If the plugs had been created with the edge grain up, I think the contrasts would have been greater and the illusion more pronounced. But just to prove the checkers are all perfectly square, here's the back . Next up will be Terry and Dian's chip and cheese platter.
  4. This has been one of those weeks that I have been busy as can be and don't feel like I accomplished much. I have about four projects in various stages and none of them completely finished. Oh well, I at least know that I have something to do each day. I have a batch of Pizza Peels that are in the process, but not finished right now. I am still sanding on the Walnut Vanity top and Kitchen shelf. The Oak cabinet doors were waiting on the cutting boards to come out of the finishing room. I did get a batch of ten cutting boards finished. Five medium size and five small size boards. So this weekend I am going to try to get stain on the Cabinet doors and Sanding Sealer on the Vanity and Kitchen shelf. The Pizza Peels should get finished also this weekend so I'll post pictures of those when done. So what is on your Patriot Woodworker agenda? We all look forward to Friday to see all of the projects you are working on and your plans for the weekend. Post your projects and pictures for all of us to see this weekend. What ever is on your agenda this weekend, have fun and be safe!
  5. I am getting ready to glue up a rather large cutting board: 24x48, finished size 23x38. Will need to trim some splits off the ends. In the past, I've use pipe clamps and alternated them top and bottom. This time I'm using parallel jaw clamps. Do they need to be alternated as well?
  6. I showed the glue up for this in an earlier post. Got it all put together yesterday and is now in its place in the kitchen. I have not had time to do the drawers as yet. It will have 2 drawers on slides and 2 small box drawers accessible from either side. The center cubby is for cook books.
  7. Well at least I think I know what went wrong- Started with walnut and maple glue-up. Then sliced off the strips to make a checker board design. Laid out the pieces- Marked the surface for the holes- Marked the approximate hole locations- Set up the hollow morticer to create square holes- Holes were cut into each individual strip- Strips were glued together- Sanded smooth- 1/4" x 1/4" walnut and maple pieces cut for hole plugs on the band saw using a little jig- All of the plugs glued into place- Pegs trimmed and sanded- The failure- If ever make another one of these, the maple plugs need to be inserted with the edge or flat grain up. The end grain turned too dark (look more like cherry) and the illusion is barely visible. Close up it cannot be noticed at all. From a distance there is a slight illusion of the bending of the strips.
  8. This is my first post in awhile but wanted to share the project I just finished. This is a cherry and walnut valet that I made for my brother who graduates from the University of Alabama tomorrow (ROLL TIDE!!). I started out with plans from a recent woodsmith issue but made some alterations to their plan. I learned a lot during this project and used a lot of skills and techniques that I had not used up until this project. It did not turn out perfect by any means but I think he will really like and I certainly grew as a young woodworker during this project!! I apologize if the pics are not great but I am by no means a photographer and they are all from my phone. This is 3/8 inch cherry that I re-sawed at the table saw and finished up with with a hand saw which was a first. Bandsaw would have been nice to have for that. The trays and lift are walnut. I used 3 coats of shellac for the finish followed up with some paste wax. This was my first time using either of these finishes so that was a learning experience as well. The mineral streak on the lid might not be for everyone but my brother will love it. Also here are a couple of cutting boards I made recently that really liked and almost decided to keep for myself. I really love the grain on the cheery in the cherry and walnut board!
  9. This has been a crazy month in our house so I've been a bit AWOL on the site. After a lovely week in Gatlingburg with my bride, I came home to work on an upcoming show. I was asked a couple of weeks ago to set up at a local Christmas show so I had to build stock. This show is going to be a bit different because it is a Christmas gift show. In addition to my inventory of cutting boards, flag cases, jewelry boxes, etc. I am also selling custom kites. I have rented a 16' x 8' space so it may be an interesting show. I'm going with about $2800 worth of inventory so I guess we'll see. Below are a couple of walnut flag cases that I just finished for the show and I also threw in a slab of maple for you to drool over. I bought about 10 of these slabs recently and this one measures 15" wide by about 68" long by 1 5/8" thick. Enjoy
  10. Ron Dudelston

    Maple Slab

    From the album: Flag Cases

    15" x 68" maple slab
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