Any DIY Woodworkers out there in BGP land?

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    Forgot to post pictures from last weekend. Got both cutting boards done. The cherry-dominant one was for my mom, while the walnut-dominant is what we made for my wife.

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    Considering they were our first ones, I'm happy. Learned a few things that I'd do differently, if we did them over again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Forgot to post pictures from last weekend. Got both cutting boards done. The cherry-dominant one was for my mom, while the walnut-dominant is what we made for my wife.

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    Considering they were our first ones, I'm happy. Learned a few things that I'd do differently, if we did them over again.
    They look great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodsrider View Post
    Taking off next Thursday and Friday to start on my yard barn. Going to build a 10x10 with a gambrel roof.
    Solid have taken off a couple more days. Didn't help that yesterday was a wash out. Just about finished, got the shingles on today, just have to finish up the siding and build the doors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Forgot to post pictures from last weekend. Got both cutting boards done. The cherry-dominant one was for my mom, while the walnut-dominant is what we made for my wife.

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    Considering they were our first ones, I'm happy. Learned a few things that I'd do differently, if we did them over again.
    Those look great. You mind posting the steps on the project? I want to try some out this summer.

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    I have a project I need completed. I ordered my father's military medals and would like to display them in a case. Would like it to match the case his flag is in from his funeral.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    They look great!
    Thanks! We were really happy about how they turned out. Of course, then my wife says "It looks too pretty! I don't want to use it and scratch it all up."

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Those look great. You mind posting the steps on the project? I want to try some out this summer.
    Thanks, man! Not a problem. But, first let me tell you that some of the things that I did was because of some of the equipment I did NOT have…namely a planer and a jointer. So, when I went to purchase my stock, I had to get something that was at least finished on 3 sides. No doubt I paid more for it than I would have, had I been able to go with rough stock instead...but, I also probably skipped some steps as well, in getting the stock ready. Anyway, here's what I used/did...

    Used miter saw to cut all pieces down to length (in my case, 16”)

    Then used table saw to rip pieces down to width (in this case, roughly 1.75”)

    Stood pieces up and arranged my pattern, then looked at end grain to make sure there were no adjacent pieces running in same direction. (Doing 2 cutting boards really allowed for a lot of flexibility here) Moved, flipped or switched pieces as necessary.

    Laid all the pieces down and applied glue to one side, then stood them up and set them in place against the previous one.

    Clamps, clamps, clamps…then, some more clamps. I used some cauls I made out of a 2x4 to help create more even pressure across the board. (I wrapped the cauls in some wax paper to keep any glue squeeze out from fastening the caul to the cutting board.) Let glue dry.

    Took off clamps. I messed up by not removing glue when it was in a semi-solid state the night before, so had to do a lot of scraping on my squeeze out. Ended up using belt sander with 50 grit paper to remove excess glue.

    Used miter saw to trim ends of cutting board to finished width.

    Used table saw at 45-degree angle to cut ” chamfer on bottom edge of board. (I wanted some finger room to be able to easily reach under and pick the board up.)

    Used belt sander (with 80 grit paper) to fine-tune levelness of board, both top and bottom.

    Used trim router with ” round-over bit to smooth over top edges of board.

    Used random orbital sander with various grits to smooth all edges and faces. (When I was done with the 120 grit, I wiped board down with slightly damp paper towel. This raised the grain ever so slightly, and I knocked it down with some 180 grit then).

    Drilled pilot holes for rubber feet on bottom of board. Used air compressor and dry towel to remove any remaining dust.

    Applied one coat of butcher block conditioner (basically mineral oil and beeswax) to bottom of board. Once it had dried, I screwed on ” rubber feet. (Used brass screws instead of the metal ones that came with them, as I wanted to avoid rust stains in the future).

    Flipped board over and applied coat to top/sides of cutting board.

    They recommended 3 or 4 coats to help season a new board, so once top was dry, I’d flip it over and repeat process.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    Those look great. You mind posting the steps on the project? I want to try some out this summer.
    Hey, @HammerTime , I found this on YouTube. This guy does just about everything I did, with a couple of exceptions.

    I already mentioned not having the planer, so I had to adapt by buying pre-"finished" wood, and using the belt sander to do my final levelling.

    The only other difference I really see is that he didn't put any feet on his. I did on mine, just because people said it allowed the bottom to get air if/when you washed it, and that having the top & bottom dry simulataneously helps prevent warping.

    Hope that helps!

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    Well, it would help if I actually posted the video.


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    Those boards look excellent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    Well, it would help if I actually posted the video.

    I follow that guy on some other social media, he posts some very helpful things for newer woodworkers.

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    This is almost exactly like the first board I ever made.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coldweatherfan View Post
    Those boards look excellent.
    Thanks man!

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    I'm going to get a router for my birthday, any suggestions? My first order of business will be using it on cutting boards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammerTime View Post
    I'm going to get a router for my birthday, any suggestions? My first order of business will be using it on cutting boards.
    Get one with a fixed and plunge base. I have an old Bosch fixed base one that I've used a lot, and I think my plunge router is a Milwuakee. I've only used that one a couple times.

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