After the last glue-up, and flattening the panel, I cross cut the panel in strips 1.25” wide. Taking those strips I turned them so the end grain was showing and flipped every other one end for end to create the checkerboard pattern. I am sure we have all seen Marc Spag's (aka: TheWoodWhisperer) video. (7 – How to Make a Butcher Block End Grain Cutting Board)
I am sure Marc loves all of the extra attention on the subject of cutting boards.
Glue up was somewhat frustrating because I can never get everything flat. When I watched the video above again for the 100th time I realized that the calls he used were actually smaller then the board so they could be clamped between the main clamps. Well that makes more sense. THANKS MARC!
Once the glue up was complete, the final step is now to finish flattening the board which will be accomplished with my low angle block plane. Started last night and it was tough work at first, but got better. I did find that I was getting quite a bit of chipping on the edges. To fix this I took lighter passes and ended up skewing the plane. When The top if flat I will end up trimming the edges square on the TS before rounding over the edges with my router.
The biggest challenge here was keeping the board tight against the fence. Since I am relativity new to the whole table saw thing, I found that when I used the push stick that game with my TS, the board would pull away from the fence just a bit on the back edge. This of course was human error quickly corrected by paying extra attention where the push stick was located in relation to the fence.
Issues: I am not sure why yet but my saw seemed to bog down while cross cutting the panel. I am wondering if it has something to do with my new zero clearance insert Possibly putting extra resistance on the blade. I will have to take it out and try some similar cuts to see if there is a difference.
What I learned: Glue-up is a critical step and needs extra time and attention. No matter how straight your cuts are, if you glue a panel up and the joints are off, then the panel will need quite a bit of extra work to flatten it out.
FYI: I am not a skilled wood worker, and I have a lot to learn. This blog is hopefully to help other wood workers realize that most projects don’t magically go together. Some of us are not as good as the pros we see in videos and on TV. If you are experienced and you see some dumb mistakes that could easily be avoided, then by all means, let me know! If you are new… well take heart, each project gets easier as we learn the important skills needed to craft things out of wood.
-- MolokMot, Rocker, Woodworker, Geek