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    Chop Chop!

    This one has been a long time coming, the blank has finally dried enough that I could turn the THICK large cutting block my lovely wife wanted.........

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    Not that large, but HEAVY, it is Red Keyaki, and it is HARD wood. It had about a 1/4" of melted wax on both endgrain ends, and it dried slowly, there are only a couple of minor cracks in it, should do fine as a chopping block.

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    I put a groove around the middle, as this thing is heavy, and the groove gives your fingers something to grip. Now my lovely wife has to soak it in mineral oil for a while, then it should be good to go.

    Cheers!
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    Stu, looks like it's pretty close to the swing capabilities of your Nova? What is the diameter? I never thought of "turning" a chopping/cutting board.
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    Maybe about 14", I could still move the tool rest under the block, so I had a bit of room, to the ways, it is a 16" swing, but do not forget, the head swivels, so I can do the outrigger thing, but I do not have an outrigger tool rest made up........... yet

    This type of chopping block is associated with the "Chinese" cooking, which my wife does well, and enjoys, so she wanted this kind of chopping block, I guess I'll have to get her a cleaver next

    Oh yeah, ones this big and thick sell for around $200.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ... I guess I'll have to get her a cleaver next
    Oh yeah, ones this big and thick sell for around $200.....
    Stu, maybe you should start to make more of the chop blocks and sell them at the L store? You could buy a heirloom cleaver. (and a few more chucks)
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    Looks great Stu!

    Did you leave the grooves in the top to control fluids?

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    That's cool, Stu! Never seen one like it.
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    Nice work Stu!

    I assume the top is flat, it looks curved on my screen.

    Jay

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    Thanks guys

    The top is flat (mostly) and I thought about a blood groove, but my lovely wife, thought it would be harder to "Wipe" down after use

    I used a recess on the bottom for the Titan chuck, so if it needs a groove, I can return it to the lathe to re-turn

    Cheers!
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    Great looking piece Stu.
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