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When it comes to woodworking, I know just enough to get into trouble.

Still its something I want to do more of, so when Johnny from Crafted workshop contacted

me to collaborate, I was all for it.

Hes a mountain biker too, and actually made a pretty cool bike rack on his channel.

He builds seats, tables, and even equipment for his shop.

Johnnys builds are contemporary and aesthetically stunning, but above all theyre functional.

Today I hope to corrupt him.

My idea was to build a kicker ramp out of a solid block of wood, sort of like a butchers

block, or wood cutting board.

Johnny didnt flinch.

All hed need from me was some consulting on

the transition.

The transition would be 18 inches long and 4 inches high.

More than enough to prove the concept without going

through

all of Johnnys lumber.

Experienced woodworkers spend a lot less on lumber than you and I would.

With machines like jointers, planers, and table saws, you can take coarse scrap wood

from Craigslist and make it look like furniture.

Before Johnny actually cuts the shape of our ramp, he first needs to make one huge block

of wood out of all these planks.

Step one is to cut them all roughly to size.

The jointer takes out bows and bumps to make the wood perfectly flat on one side.

To make both sides of the planks flat with each other, Johnny places them flat side down

on the surface of his planer.

The planer takes a thin layer of wood off the top surface to make the two faces totally

parallel.

Of course we want the planks to be the same width as well, so as a final step Johnny rips

them all through his table saw to get them slightly wider than 4 inches.

Well still be removing another thin layer of material once the block is built.

Used properly, wood glue is insanely strong.

Because these planks are so square and precise, they fit together like two sheets of glass.

Only seconds after gluing two planks together, theyre almost impossible to slide against

each other.

Once clamped and cured, youd have an easier time separating the grain of the wood itself

than you would two planks.

Now we kill some time while the glue dries.

Just like he did with the individual planks, Johnny is cleaning up this massive block of

wood.

At this point, its only a few steps away from being a sweet butchers block, but

were only getting started.

To cut this transition, Johnny will push his band saw to its absolute limit.

This was one limiting factor for the size of this ramp, as the blade must pass all the

way through it.

By cutting this transition, we were actually left with two pieces of wood.

We decided to make thescrappiece a lander.

Why not?

To protect the wood and bring out the grain, Johnny is first coating the ramp in mineral

oil.

For an added layer of protection and sheen, hes applying butchers block conditioner,

which has wax in it.

While this stuff dries, well start preparing to show this ramp to the world.

Im not sure why this looks so appropriate paired with a ribeye.

Call it the cutting board kicker, the butchers block booter, whatever.

This piece represents woodworking, BMX, and deliciousness.

Now to really put this kicker to the test.

Not only does this kicker ramp work, its likely the nicest looking one ever made.

Its solid too.

The Cutting Board Kicker is easily the goofiest thing Johnny has ever made, but it still serves

as an excellent tutorial for a variety of woodworking techniques.

If you love woodworking, or just find watching it to be oddly satisfying, subscribe to Crafted

Workshop for a new build every Tuesday.

You can see Johnys video of the cutting board Kicker in the link below.

What do you guys think?

Should we eat off of this ramp again now that Ive ridden it?

How would you like to see more collaborations with Crafted Workshop?

Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for riding with me today, and Ill see you next time.

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