Figured i’d update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5” in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.)
Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend’s place and using their belt sander and jointer isn’t too much of an issue but I don’t want to overuse my welcome. You can never have enough clamps…I need more, 6 is all I have at the moment, 4 24” and 2 12” they worked fine but at times I wish I had some more. I also need a good way to spread the glue around for the final glue up. I couldn’t find a roller so I just took my fingers into a plastic bag and spread it that way. It works fine for gluing thin strips but spreading glue on a 24” x 11” area was a bit difficult. In the end I had just enough time to put all the pieces together, the glue was getting tacky so getting them into final position was very easy.
The board is soaking in a cookie tray filled with mineral oil. The mineral oil only covers half the board so I will have to flip it. I might need to buy some more mineral oil, I thought 24 oz for this would be enough but I might have to pick up another 8oz bottle (all i could find in a 5 minute radius) If there is enough for it to soak until saturday morning I will go out looking for a bigger bottle.
Here is the board prior to finishing, there will be feet on the bottom, which is the second photo. The belt sander left a mark that I was not able to remove, plus there is a knot in it anyways. There is also a slight mark on the top but I let it be. I had some minor burning in the finger holds, should’ve practiced more because the second one was already better.
Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, the pieces did not line up perfectly but I was also not using perfect wood. I will post this in the projects once this is finished soaking. Probably by the end of the weekend. I believe I have most of my Christmas present ideas now, and should be making a few more of these in the weeks to come, different designs of course. Once I actually use this thing is when I will comment on size, it’s wider than my longest knife but maybe could’ve used a bit more length.