Cutting boards commission

I’ve been lucky enough to get a second commission of cutting boards from a returning customer.  Here they are still in the rough state 

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned.

Cutting boards still in the rough state

Some cutting boards that are waiting to be rejointed, thickness planned and dimensioned. Still need to be glued.

They are from hard maple and an insert of black walnut.  Nothing too fancy but times 100, it becomes a pretty interesting order.  Yeah Yeah some might say, 100 is not too much but for my perspective, 100 is pretty tall order when completing from evenings.  I am not a production shop, although the second time around, it is starting to be pretty interesting on optimizing some steps. 

Some process taughts

I don’t own a table saw, although, right now, I wish I would for the repetitive rip cuts for when dimensioning some of the parts of the cutting boards.  Specially to bring to width the components.  

Few years ago, I decided to got the plunge saw and a nice band saw.  The bandsaw blade that I got in there right now is not the smoothest.  I don’t expect perfect cuts but the blade is for resaw and not for finish cuts.

This became fun the first time around was how could I efficiently get the edges true.  Well the key here was a sharp blade to minimise the drift and a good setup jointer to make sure the edges were good. A good jack plane helped here too.  

But I do miss the table saw here.  

Optimise 

So the second time around, it is better and ultimately, will take less time to produce the same amount of cutting boards.  The choice of the lumber and the thickness helps here to reduce the time processing the lumber and getting the pieces glued, thicknessed and sanded/rounded over.  

I’m still not production shop but I was able to shave off a few hours for the same amount of product delivered to the end user.  

Please see my cutting board page here for more details  

Shop Update – Cutting boards and Tool Cabinet

It was a pretty slow week from a shop time perspective but still had time to accomplish some work and contribute to a cause for kids illness. Some tool cabinet updates and cutting boards information on the way… 

Tool Cabinet

The tool cabinet has progress somewhat and represent my shop time, advancing the dovetails for the sides.  Both sides are cut and trimmed, ready to be transferred to the top and bottom of the cabinet

I also cut the rabbet in the sides, according to plan.  I originally did not cut them with the original build and can’t really remember why I did not cut them, but when I assembled the original carcase, I pretty much found why the rabbet exists…   Solidify the carcase itself when the back is put in place.  It is progressing but not as quickly as I would like.  This one is purely my fault… 

Cutting boards

I made some cutting boards a little while ago and decided to do a page dedicated to these projects as I build them, how I built them and if anyone is interested in the any of them, give me a shout.  Here is the link to see what I’ve done so far. 

I also decided to give out some of my cutting boards to a foundation that some friends are involved in for one of there Kids which suffers from the Rett Syndrom.  You can find more details here on there web site. You can also find more information on there facebook page.  Search for the “Jade la Peanut” keywords and you will find some publication there. 

Web Site

I’ve also spent some time to get the web site/blog site more up to date from a web perspective and getting some content up and running.  Got some ideas from both shop updates and projects that are coming soon.   Should be a pretty busy time. 

Stay Tune

Cutting boards from scraps

I was making some cleanup and had some scraps to do some cutting boards from maple and black walnut that I could put together.  They are mostly of small size, perfect for small serving tasks for cheese and a few crackers.

The cutting boards

Rough Cutting boards

Rough Cutting boards

Here are the cutting boards in the rough state just out of the clamps not planned and dimensioned.  All of the these are glued with Titebond II glue which is FDA approved for indirect food contact once cured.

The wood species used for these cutting boards are black walnut and maple.  The most right cutting board also has external cherry strips.  It does not really show on the picture being right beside the maple.

The finish

The planned finish for the cutting boards will be mineral oil which is an easy finish that can be reapplied by the end users.  Apply with a small rag and wipe out the excess that would be left on the boards.

This is a small project that does not need to be too complex and can pass extra wood that still have the proper dimensions but could be a waste if going to the fire pit, unless if for cooking some meat on the barbecue.

It can also be simple to complexe patterns depending on your imagination or the customers taste.