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    rnieuwenhuijs
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    Hi,

    I recently completed the cutting board project and I’d like to share some of my experiences.

    It was great fun making this project a really good learning experience. For some reason I used to find mortise and tenons a struggle to make accurately, but this project gave me more confidence and improved my accuracy.

    Two things I still want to practice are:
    – getting clean, straight mortise walls
    – avoiding a skewed groove when using the plough plane (try as I might, I couldn’t avoid this)

    I also made a huge mistake: when I cut the last haunch I realised I’d flipped the board so the tenon was near the outside edge instead of the inside edge. Since I’d already chopped the mortise there was little I could do. I decided to saw off the tenon (leaving just the haunch) and slide it through the mortise hole. This was a cosmetic patch up but it made that last tenon effectively useless for holding the boards together. I did use some glue along the haunch to help hold that side of the board together. My lesson here is: after marking, check and check again that things are the right way around!

    I actually ended up with two projects, as I used the remaining oak to make two small cutting boards.

    Anyway, here are some pics of the end result.

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    #22308
    Ken
    Participant

    They turned out nice Robert, good job buddy. 😉

    #22309
    rnieuwenhuijs
    Participant

    thank you!

    #22310
    BarryB
    Participant

    Nice work … i’m about to start this project myself in birdseye maple. Thanks for posting your experience with the construction.

    New Brunswick, Canada

    #22311
    Matt Vaughn
    Participant

    Thanks for posting. Turned out really nice.

    Minnesota

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    Greg Merritt
    Participant

    They look good Robert. Nice Job.

    http://hillbillydaiku.com

    #22318
    Mark Armstrong
    Participant

    Well done you have learned a lesson. Double check before you cut.
    I must say that looks a nick piece of Oak and those medullary rays look loverly.

    Dagenham, Essex, England

    #24029
    BrianJ
    Participant

    Great looking board Robert, well done

    Ontario, Canada

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