First Cutting Board #3: Pre-finish

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Blog entry by Szczuldo posted 11-18-2010 10:20 PM 1164 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.

-- -Alexei

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#1 posted 11-18-2010 11:24 PM

Looking good, the grain of the oak makes some very nice patterns in that board.

-- Drew, Delaware

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#2 posted 11-18-2010 11:36 PM

My two favorite glue spreaders are 1) the freebie fake credit cards that come in the mail and 2) my wife’s hard rubber ink roller. The ink roller is about 4” wide and cost me $5 to replace at one of the craft stores in the area.

In hindsight I probably should have bought a new one before bringing the old one out to the shop…even the promise of getting all the glue off didn’t save me from a little good natured grief.

I think I read about someone cutting teeth into the edge of one of the credit cards so that it acted like a trowel and spread uniform ribbons of glue. (may have been Dustbunnny, but my memory is a bit shady on that)

-- Men have become the tools of their tools. - Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 11-19-2010 01:49 AM

My favorite glue roller is:

It is about $10. I really like it. It is foam, and not hard. For veneering, cutting boards and everything else. I have been using it for while now. Just rinse in water after use and it is ready to go again. Maybe ask Santa to put one in your stocking. You have been a very good boy.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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