Saturday, January 31, 2009

Hard Maple sign......... "It is what it is."

This sign is being created for a client as a Valentine gift to a friend. It is a simple sign with the lettering being lasered onto it.

The sign is made out of hard Maple and is three inches wide and eighteen inches long with a nice routered edges. There is a keyhole slot on the back in case they want to hang it on the wall.

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Custom Walnut w/ Birch inlay Cribbage Board...cont'd.....

Here is the finished product that is on its way from the cold mountains of Montana to the warmth and sun of Arizona.

The Birch inlays are functional, the center line divides the players and the horizontal one show the skunk line. There is a slot for storage on the bottom.

The board was personalized by lasering the new owners name in the bottom of the board. It is hard to tell in this photo but the bottom 4 inches of the board was left blank for the crib.

hi dave ... received cribbage board today,, we already have it broken in,,was exactly what i was looking for,,,thx. it is a nice looking piece of walnut and the birch inlays sets it off....... John...Mesa, Az.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Custom Walnut w/ Birch inlay Cribbage Board

This board will soon be heading to its new home in the north country of Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, via the southern route through Mesa, Arizona.

This custom creation is 3/4 inch thick, 3 inches wide, and 24 inches long.

You can see in this photo the birch enlay being glued into it slot in the dark Walnut wood.

The edges will be beveled and a storage slot has been routed on the bottom of the board.

In this view I am showing the strips of birch being enlayed into the walnut to separate the two person track and to show the skunk line in the center.

This show the enlay ready for the track to be drilled and the personalized lasering of the name to be placed in the four inch area being set aside for the crib.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Solid Maple Cutting Boards.....cont'd....

The first Maple cutting board is almost ready for finish sanding and oiling. The finger groove in the top of the photo also has the same type groove on the other side opposite end.

The second board is in the final stages of glue up and will be ready for sanding and scraping tomorrow.

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Solid Maple Cutting Boards

This project is an order for two heavy duty cutting boards that pull out of the cabinet. They will be made out of hard Maple, with rounded edges and finger groves on the ends. Once completed these boards will be heading to their new home in San Bernardino, CA.

The biggest board will be 20 7/8 inch wide x 23 inches long and 1 full inch thick. The second board will be 15 7/8 inches wide x 23 inches long.

This photo shows the width of the board being initially glued up. The strips of wood are to ensure everything stay flat.

Another view of glueup. Once glue is applied I let it cure for at least 24 hours before removing clamps.

This is the look after clamps came off, not pretty but nice and level. Now time to square up and glue up the end pieces.

Getting ready to glue up biscuits in end pieces.
The breadboard ends work well to keep the board flat.

Biscuits and bread board ends have now been glued and clamped.

Another view of the clamps. Once again it has to sit for at least 24 hours before removal of clamps.

This allows me to get a strong bond between the woods being glued.

The glue has dried and the clamps have been removed. Now the scraping and sanding process begins.

Still not a pretty picture yet although I can tell by looking close that it will have a very nice grain pattern and is going to turn out very nice.

Once surfaces are sanded and smooth and the routing of the edges and grooves are done, several coats of a food grade mineral oil will be applied.

The second board will be started soon. It is exactly the same except for the size of the board. I will post photos once it is in progress.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Maple Cutting Board with Walnut Ends and Custom Drip Line.....

This custom cutting board is ready to be delivered to another excited client today. The beauty of the two different wood grains really compliment each other quite well.

This beautiful board was created out of Hard Maple with Walnut strips giving it an elegant style of its own. It measures out at 16 inches wide, 20 inches long, and 3/4 inch thick and comes with a custom drip line.

Both sides of the board were completed to give the client the choice of cutting meats on one side and vegetables on the other if they prefer.

The Walnut and Maple board ends were milled to create a crisp edge and then glued and biscuited to provide a strong joint. This also helps keep the board flat. I know this client will love and appreciate this project.

All cutting boards are coated with a food grade mineral oil to protect the surface. The oil should be applied lightly after each washing.

This photo shows the drip line requested by and created for this client.

Drip lines are handy for collecting any drippings you might have. It was cut with a 3/8 inch router bit and goes all the way around the top edge of the board.

The edges were also given a slight rounded over effect to remove sharp edges.

This photo shows the finger slots I created on each end.

They are added to the board to make it easier to pick up and also add to the distinct appearance of the board.

It fit perfectly. Not too big for the counter, but big enough that I can cut, push it off to the side and still have plenty of room to cut some more! It is even MORE beautiful in person. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!........Dayna.....Columbia Falls, Mt...

....Now back to the shop for me with some much needed cleanup, organization, and preparing for the next projects. Future orders will take me into the realm of woodturning on the lathe, as well as the creation of some much requested travel size cribbage boards. Have a great day!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Maple w/ Walnut ends Cutting board.....

Another custom cutting board is soon on its way to its new home, this time to a client in California.

This board is made out of Hard Maple in the center and Walnut strips for the ends. It measures 16 inches wide and 19 inches long and is being created to slide into a slot under a countertop.

The ends were biscuited to the center board during glueing to assist in keeping the board flat and to add to the look of the board.

I am not sure why, but the photos did not come out as nice as the board looks in person.

In the second photo, notice the finger slot I routed on the underside so it is easy for the client to pull the board out to use it. This slot was put on both ends and both sides in case they wanted to take it out of the slot and use elsewhere, or flip it over and use the other side.

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Custom Cherry w/Walnut Strip Cribbage Boards...Continued....

Here are the two boards after the lastering and the drilling of the three person tracks. The bottoms are in progress with more to follow soon.

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Custom Cherry w/Walnut Strip Cribbage Boards

This pair of box style cribbage boards are headed to a destination wedding as gifts of the bride.

The tops are being created out of 1 inch thick Cherry. With the bottom section being 1 1/8 inches thick. The finished boxes will be approximately 8 inches wide and 18 inches long.

The first photo shows the Walnut strip that has been inlayed into the cherry top. Once the track has been drilled there will be lasered lettering in the center of the board.

This is the bottom section of the box and in this photo I have got the pockets created which will hold the cards and the custom metal pegs.
This is done by using a mortising bit. The hand chisel shown is then used to clean up the pocket.

Once completed, the pockets will be lined with a coffee colored felt.

Will post more as the this project progresses and also the custom maple/walnut cutting board that is in progress.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Large Cherry Cribbage Boards heading to Massachusetts

The latest creations are two large cherry two person cribbage boards heading to Massachusetts.
They are 8 inches wide x 28 inches long with a slot on the bottom to hold the large two inch custom metal pegs. The edges of the boards have a 1/4 inch bevel for a different look.

These custom metal pegs created by Pete's Pegs really top off the board and will make playing easier and enjoyable.

More cribbage boards, cutting boards, & pizza peels in progress to be posted soon.

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