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I just started this project but thought I'd post a couple of photos before it is finished. This will be a round end grain Black Walnut cutting board about 18" diameter and 1.5" thick. I cut and milled all the stock yesterday and today and tonight we glued up the sticks. Before we started glueing I drew a layout in CorelDraw so I wouldn't waste any precious Walnut.

This is the board for the project - 4/4 rough, 12" wide, a bit over 8' long. The specification is for all heartwood so the little bit of sapwood on this board will go on other cutting boards or projects -


Here's the layout -


All the pieces glued up for the night. We used Titebond III even though it isn't a cutting board, just a Lazy Susan, mainly for the longer open working time. That's a lot of sticks to glue up if they start tacking right away!


And I had an opportunity to take an artsy shot prior to glueing the sticks together and I don't like to pass those up -


I probably won't have time tomorrow - busy day at church - but next I'll take these out of the clamps, surface lightly on the drum sander, then cut into strips about 1.6875" which should allow me a nice 1.5" finished thickness.

More later!
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so far so great...
 
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Nice, how was church?
Fantastic! We've got a new Worship Pastor in view of a call and he's really, really good! Leads choir and band like he knows what he's doing... I think it's because he does. Sings pretty nice, too. Almost like a David Phelps clone if that were to ever be possible. Got another full day today with him so the Lazy Susan will get picked back up tomorrow.
 

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I kinda of like to focus on furniture type projects for the design and execution challenges they tend to provide. BUT....about 6 weeks ago, the wife and kid talked me into doing some cutting boards and lazy susans' to sell. I have to say, after having done about 18 or so of em, so far. I've found it quite enjoyable. The level to which one can push the design and execution challenge is really unlimited. Even a simple, straightforward cutting board, when done well has quite an appealing quality. I look at these kind of projects with a much more appreciative eye now.

Not to mention that B/W picture is simply outstanding!!

Nice goin' David!
 

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I love it when folks give a running account of the projects they're doing. Some of us don't readily absorb a large amount of information in one sitting, and it's nice to be able to contemplate each step before being presented with a new installment.

I really like your ideas for this project, and it was very nice of you to include the cutting diagram. Thanks.
 

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Had a few minutes before heading back to church and cut the boards into strips. We just set them sort of in order how they came off the saw but we'll probably move them around, flip some 180°, etc. Also, I decided to cut them first and then run through the drum sander. It's a lot easier handling a bunch of small strips than trying to get a really large panel flat. We might get a chance to sand them after church tonight.

 

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Glued up, sanded to 120, ready for the CNC to cut the recess for the Lazy Susan turntable and the outer profile.

Using the full width of the drum sander -


Sanded and smooth -
 

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Looks good already, it'll be amazing with the finish applied.
Thanks, Andy! They'll be here shortly to decide if they want lacquer or mineral oil and Beeswax. I put paint thinner on it and it really pops.
 

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save the lacquer for furniture... mineral oil and beeswax is the ticket. The end grain on this piece is going to be fantastic.
 

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save the lacquer for furniture... mineral oil and beeswax is the ticket. The end grain on this piece is going to be fantastic.
That would get my vote too.
Well, y'all are in luck; they came by yesterday and decided on mineral oil and Beeswax. I'll cut the profile today or tomorrow and we'll get to see how it looks after that. Thanks, guys!
 

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Well, I sort of forgot I started this thread so here's the update - it's finished!! I used the CNC to cut the profile and a 1/32" recess for the outer race of the Lazy Susan bearing. I could have just used some thin washers under the inner race but it was easy to just cut the recess for the outer race.

Having a wide drum sander is really nice but the finest grit I have is 120 and that leaves noticeable straight line scratches. These scratches take a LONG time to get out with my DeWalt ROS so I broke out my 'old iron', an air operated 1/3 sheet orbital. This will seriously hog some material. A side note on the dust is that I used the downdraft sanding box we just built and even though the 1/3 sheet sander doesn't have any dust collection but creates a lot of dust, the downdraft box caught almost all of the dust this sander was kicking up and that was pretty nice.

The last cutting boards we did were only about 12" x 12" and took a solid hour of sanding with 120 grit on the ROS with about 5 changes of sanding pads. The 1/3 sheet sander with 120 grit did the entire top in 5 minutes - a significant difference, for sure. I sanded about 2 minutes, changed paper although the first sheet was probably ok, and then let my compressor catch up. After a short compressor rest I sanded the top again and then a quick pass on the underside. I followed up with the ROS for a few minutes and then hand sanded for a few minutes with 220 grit and it was glassy smooth.

It has a couple of coats of mineral oil followed by our mixture of Beeswax and mineral oil and then hand polished.

On the CNC (dust shoe removed so I could video and that will be posted soon) -


Straight line scratches -


The two sanders -


In process -


Underside with bearing -


Finished top side -


The 'glamour' shot - LOL!


When I finish the video I'll post it here - enjoy!
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Too good to cut up!!!!
 
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