The Woodshop Shed

adventures in woodworking and home maintenance, from my shop in an oversized backyard shed

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Bread sized cutting board

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Bread sized cutting boardMade a couple of smaller bread board size cutting boards for my wife's clients as gifts. They are about 8.5” x 15” and 1-1/8” thick. Maple, Walnut, and Cherry. She'll add a bread knife and gift card for “bread” to complete the set.Also I created the top to be quarter-sawn material, with flat sawn sides. In my opinion the only way to make “edge grain” cutting boards larger than 5” wide, 9” long, and 5/8” thick. It reduces the problems of expansion/contraction and glue joint failure.I'm in between a larger project that has stalled because of scope changes, so I took some time to do these in about 5 hours including wood selection, cutting (bandsaw/tablesaw), glue-up, planing, sanding and router. Sanded to 220 grit (lifted grain before final sanding) and then used a 000 scotch pad to final rub the finish. Butcher block mineral oil and bees wax finish, and silicone feet I sourced from “cuttingboardfeet.com”. These are the best cutting board feet I have found since they don't break down like rubber with oils over time. I suppose this could be used for cheese too.My first cutting board (walnut/maple) was in high school 42+ years ago and my sister is still using it nearly daily.



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Whiskey Presentation Box

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Whiskey Presentation BoxHere are a couple pictures of a presentation box for a retiring Firefighter. The whiskey comes from a local distillery. The box is my first attempt at finger joints. The wood came from salvaged pallets, I believe it's oak. It has a sliding top and the packing is shaved from a scrap of cedar fence picket. The box is finished in Minwax Red Oak stain, the lid and bottom being a different species (salvaged 1/4” ply) is Minwax English Chestnut. Then everything got three coats of Wipe On gloss Poly. I used a Finger joint jig from the Youtube “Make Something” channel to cut the joints. I found that the back side of each joint suffered some tearout, so I pre scored the wood with an xacto knife which seemed to help a little. I'm wondering if I had a better dado stack if I'd get a cleaner cut. The other major challenge was the wood started cupping slightly between the joinery and assembly phases of the project. This led to open joints and creative clamping strategies. Overall I'm happy with the results but I'll take a retry at the jig to come up with a better version in the future.



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Bed side tables white oak

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Bed side tables white oakSecond set of bed side tables I made for my daughter, quarter sawn white oak that was taken from the farm



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