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Discussion in 'General' started by CrapBag, 21 Apr 2021.

  1. ModSquid

    ModSquid Multimodder

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    Careful with that dude. You'll look worse than if you'd been rolling in a rabbit hutch if it goes wrong.
     
  2. Cookie Monster

    Cookie Monster Multimodder

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    Well I’d be interested in two, or maybe 3 boards if they aren’t too rich.
     
  3. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    Local to me (Lincs) I've seen handmade cutting boards anywhere from £30 to £65 each depending on size and thickness. It'll vary regionally with the cost of living - the true value, of course, is what people will consistently pay.
     
  4. IamJudd

    IamJudd Multimodder

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    The chopping boards I was thinking £40-50... They work out about 40-45mm thick and around 400 by 300mm in length/ width. I'd be willing to go £40 for you and £35.00 each for two?

    I've sealed them with Danish oil but there will be little inaccuracies as it's really the rustic look I'm going for.

    I can give you more accurate specs tomorrow if that's OK...
     
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  5. spolsh

    spolsh Multimodder

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    You might be better off with senokot for that.
     
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  6. IamJudd

    IamJudd Multimodder

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    lol whoops
     
  7. Mr_Mistoffelees

    Mr_Mistoffelees The Bit-Tech Cat. New Improved Version.

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    @IamJudd, Axminster offer courses at their premises, to help you get to grips with using a lathe.

    I would like a lathe but, have nowhere to put it.
     
  8. liratheal

    liratheal Sharing is Caring

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    I saved this when I was looking at making a chopping board, and you probably already read it, but it struck me as useful, and short, notes to have from someone who does it (Makes cutting boards) for money:

     
  9. IamJudd

    IamJudd Multimodder

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    That’s really interesting. The wood for my chopping boards have come from an either walnut or cherry cabinet which I was going to up-cycle but because of the amount of work it needed and the fact that I thought it was solid wood and not boxed like it was, I ended up stripping the wood back to the grain.

    At this point it looks like walnut along the hewn wood. I then use gorilla glue and sandwich strips together using clamps to hold overnight.

    Once dry, I use a thicknesser to plane off any excess glue. Then an orbital sander to take it right back and to ensure the board is level (but not too level - rustic charm and all that).

    Depending on the finish of both sides of the board, I either use Danish oil to finish or I put little felt feet on the underside to level and Danish oil everywhere else.

    Ultimately, I’m surprised that after 48 years, I’m doing something that almost feels like gut instinct - I didn’t enjoy D&T at school and I think I can safely say that I’ve coasted through most of my life which has certainly impacted some of my career choices. I’m annoyed that I didn’t find this sooner but with the benefit of hindsight, I may not have enjoyed it so much as a younger man and this may also have something to do with my "gaming" days are few and far between.

    There’s a great deal of fulfilment with these little projects that I could quite easily be knocked back on if anyone was overly critical but, then again, I would tell myself that I’ve only been doing this for a couple of months and have lots of room to improve. The lathe work has been the past week!

    Here’s an example - my father-in-law brought me two pieces of mahogany today and a piece of yew. I want to do some more work before I tackle the mahogany so I made this earlier today…

    [​IMG]

    What I learnt from the "Yew (Yule) Tree" is that I shouldn't go too thin - it had a knot that has resulted in various chips and a split on one side of the piece. I'm not worried - I appreciate the learning curve and that, in all honesty it can be displayed as is without the split being visible.

    The lathe is an older version of this - Axminster Workshop AW240WL Woodturning Lathe - 230V | Axminster Tools (the AC240WL is mine). Picked it up for £100!

    The funny thing is I'm already eyeing up a better one... this might become an expensive hobby if I don't start selling some of my bits and pieces!
     
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  10. KayinBlack

    KayinBlack Unrepentant Savage

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    Danish oil isn't food safe. Lead and whatnot. Mineral oil is a standard chopping block finish.

    I make spoons from time to time.
     
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  11. kenco_uk

    kenco_uk I unsuccessfully then tried again

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    I've seen similar things at craft fairs, might be worth a shot?
     
  12. IamJudd

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    Some Danish oil IS safe for chopping boards - unless you're cutting a loaf whilst waiting for it to dry ;) - mine is labelled "food-safe" as it's not mixed with those chemicals that would make it unsafe.

    Is Danish Oil Food Safe? Everything You Need to Know - WoodCritique

    I only link that as it's one in many that say it's fine - there are other sites that say it isn't but that's due to the chemicals mixed in non-food-safe options...

    Do you whittle the spoons? It's something else I was looking at recently...
     
  13. KayinBlack

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    Yup. You must use the stuff without drying agents. Good stuff. Yeah, I have some Moras and a hoof knife I use. Need to do some new ones.
     
  14. boiled_elephant

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    Right there with you mate, I've just started throwing in IT work in favour of chainsaw and arb work. Took me til my 30s to realise that sitting in a chair 8 hours a day is bad for both my body and my mind. And yeah, games increasingly feel like an emperor's new clothing sort of thing - they're so big and popular, nobody's willing to stop and make the uncomfortable observation that they're literally pointless distractions that waste our energy.

    I'll take a cutting board if they're 40x30cm, we need one about that size. If you could do a slightly bigger one like 50x35 or something, that'd be an even better asset. Just PM me as and when you've got one you'd like to sell - or make a sales forum thread! At the point at which it becomes a business you probably won't be allowed to do that, but while it's hobbyism I think you're okay.
     
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  15. The_Crapman

    The_Crapman Don't phone it's just for fun. Lover of bit-tech

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  17. IamJudd

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    I'll make a few bigger ones if that's the consensus! Started making bowls...
     
  18. boiled_elephant

    boiled_elephant Merom Celeron 4 lyfe

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    [​IMG]

    whenever I make a quick fix for something out of wood I'm instantly reminded of Homer Simpson making a spice rack for Marge.
     
  19. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I see from the Lincolnshire Scene the Farmers discos are more raucous thant they used to be.
     
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  20. spolsh

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    It is a mightily impressive spice rack you have created though. Does it fly ?
     

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