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Christmas in April

April 26th, 2010

So I’ve noticed that you have been away for a while. I’m guessing you want new content or something? Just going through a “me” phase are we?

The wrist has healed up quite a bit and I’m back woodworking. I was finally able to present family members with their Christmas presents. Yes, I did contemplate holding on to them for this Christmas but my mother was the wiser, remembering my promise of a cutting board. Course I am also getting to merge in some birthdays so still some combo points for me there.

As you may notice these are the Wood Whisperer’s famous end-grain cutting boards which he provides most excellent instructions on how to make. While all three are made from Purpleheart and Rock Maple I did vary the pattern for each. The parallelogram design is my favorite by far and the biggest pain in the butt by far. Even with cauls and max clamping pressure the parallelogram sticks walked up on each other. I had to span every joint with it’s own clamp. It was worth it though as it yields a nice little 3D effect. If you look at it from a certain angle and with certain chemicals in your system you will see a little M.C. Escher effect.

This was the first time using my Rockler electric branding iron. Very pleased with the results. Definitely adds the personal touch. The instructions advise wearing a thick leather glove. I did not see the point since the handle doesn’t get hot. Interestingly though, when you turn the iron vertically to make your mark, the heat rises towards your hand as if some sort of sorcery is at play. Sometimes we just need to learn things the old-fashioned way.

Going forward, be warned, major changes are afoot in Wood Zealot land (no, I still have a penis… not that radical a change, but it’s still a biggie for me!). An upcoming post will share all the details…

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  1. ed
    April 26th, 2010 at 10:23 | #1

    They look great! How can I get one?

    • April 26th, 2010 at 14:27 | #2

      @ed
      Hi Ed. Well my sister, aunt and mother each got one. So to get one of these you’d need to burglarize one of their homes. If interested let me know and I’ll provide a rough schedule of when their homes are unattended (please be considerate and take off shoes inside their houses if they are muddy).

  2. April 26th, 2010 at 12:33 | #3

    They look great, Charles! And the new branding iron is spiffy. Changes? Hmmm. I’m guessing a new toothbrush.

  3. April 26th, 2010 at 14:32 | #4

    @The Village Carpenter
    Thanks Kari! A new toothbursh, lol… like I’m into fads like dental hygiene.

  4. April 26th, 2010 at 22:16 | #5

    Looking forward to the new changes, should be an interesting ride!

  5. April 26th, 2010 at 22:26 | #6

    @The Happy Rock
    Yes… interesting times ahead!!! I couldn’t be more excited!

  6. jc
    April 29th, 2010 at 12:05 | #7

    These look great! Do mind telling me what finish you used?

  7. April 29th, 2010 at 13:37 | #8

    @jc
    Thanks jc! Yes, I used Salad Bowl Finish which I diluted with %50 mineral spirits.

  8. jc
    May 7th, 2010 at 16:48 | #9

    @woodzealot
    Thanks for the reply. Best of luck in your business venture. My family is quite familiar with layoffs. Hopefully your attempt to make something positive out of it is an overwhelming success.

  9. May 10th, 2010 at 21:17 | #10

    @jc
    Thanks for the kind words JC.

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