LumberJocks

Lattice Cutting board Help

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Tony posted 09-11-2007 03:45 PM 24228 reads 263 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Update: 7 september 2010. As I do not have a lot of spare time for woodworking at the moment, I am submitting this blog for the contest, I hope you guys don’t mind that it is a little old

Here is a link to the final projects-

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2542
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/2559

http://lumberjocks.com/assets/pictures/projects/9436-438x.jpg?1233630507

After several e-mails requesting the plans for the Dan Walters cutting board I copied I decided to put some information together to get people started.

The first thing to decide is what size of board you want as this will dictate the stock you need. Or the stock you have will dictate what size cutting board you can make.

Stock selection: you need to have a good contrast between the different woods used. The wood selected should also be hard woods, but not necessarily too hard. OAK, ASH and BEECH are very hard and durable, but Cherry, Mahogany and Alder are hard wood s, they are not so durable.
When the stock is selected for use, the first thing to do is prepare a plan so you know what size to cut/prepare everything!

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

You can get a better picture from here ( http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi/Boards/Ken%20Walters%20-%20Latice%20-1.jpg)

The plan above it what I used for the layout of the larger of the two boards I made.

Before we start cutting wood, the saw blade must be exactly 90° to the bed of the table saw. The mitre gauge must be exactly 90° to the saw blade, even a 0.1° error will show up in the final product.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Here you can see the prepared stock, with the walnut glued to the Ash. The stock is thicknessed on the planer at the same time, with the same settings. The stock is then ripped on the table saw again using the same settings – we have to be micrometer perfect.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Now we can start to cross cut. Ensure that the length of the crosscut is exactly the same as the width of the stock.

Cut enough square parts as per your plan, in my case 8 Ash & Walnut and 24 Bird Cherry

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

Next set up the length of the long pieces 15 in total. You need to be accurate here, just setting 4 ½” is not enough. Take the long piece against 3 of the blocks you have cut and check that they are perfectly flush.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

So before we continue we have to clean up the blocks. Small whispers of fibre as shown below will play havoc with your assembly. I used 180 grain sand paper for this, be careful not to round the corners.
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket BEFORE
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket AFTER Really clean edges

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

The blocks are assembled and to check for the fit before applying the glue.

I stopped taking photographs at this point. The glue a used on the first board was polyurethane and the second a D3 waterproof PVA. The open time of the polyurethane is better for this assembly.
Apply glue to the mating surfaces and clamp. I laid the whole piece out on a sheet of plastic (to stop the glue sticking to my workbench) and clamped in the vertical and horizontal axis.
If everything is cut exactly correctly, then the blocks should not lift under pressure, if they do – using a block of wood and a mallet tap the back down to be flush with the adjacent blocks.
You could add a lot and I mean a lot of weight on top of the blocks to keep them in place (about 50lb/25kg per block)
Leave it to dry, overnight is always good, then you can remove the clamps and start the clean up.
I used my belt sander with 60 grit to start, then 80 and finally 120, grain, then went onto my random orbit sander and started with 120, then 180, and finally 240. Then onto my small oscillating finishing sander with 240 and 320 grit – do this on both sides.
WARNING – If you use the belt sander the wood will get quite hot, if you have used PVA glue, this may reactivate the glue softening it, this can cause the stresses in the wood to bow, buckle you flat finish, if this does happen just place a clamping caule over the high spot whilst the wood is still hot, correct the error and wait for the for the board to cool down, it will flatten out again (PVA glue can be reactivated with heat many days after it cures).
So both sides of the board are now flat and parallel! Now start the finishing in accordance with the instructions on the packet/Tin. Take your time and you will end up with a work of art, that is too good cut fillet steak on.

I hoped this helped those of you who just needed a little guidance.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)



26 comments so far

View mot's profile

mot

4911 posts in 2692 days


#1 posted 09-11-2007 04:02 PM

Oh what a great tutorial, Tony! When I saw the topic, I just had to read it wondering just what the heck could Tony be asking help for on cutting boards? Then I read it saw you were helping us! I’m very grateful for this post. Excellent information!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

View David's profile

David

1970 posts in 2794 days


#2 posted 09-11-2007 04:36 PM

Tony -

Thanks for the excellent tutorial! The detail of your instructions and photos is impressive. I think we will be seeing some more impressive cutting boards in the future!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

View Bob #2's profile

Bob #2

3808 posts in 2677 days


#3 posted 09-11-2007 04:43 PM

Tony, you just made me want to build some of these.
Great detail in the “tut” where is counts.

Thanks

Bob

-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

View Bill's profile

Bill

2579 posts in 2817 days


#4 posted 09-11-2007 06:08 PM

Great work Tony. Now we understand the mystery of your cutting boards! Well Done. It is amazing how much work is involved with these, but when you see the end results it was worth it.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

View Tony's profile

Tony

978 posts in 2685 days


#5 posted 09-11-2007 06:17 PM

Bill, I guess it is about 4 to 5 hours work in total, spread over 2 days. But as you said the results justify the work.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

View Thos. Angle's profile

Thos. Angle

4435 posts in 2618 days


#6 posted 09-11-2007 06:28 PM

Thanks Tony. I was about ready to tackle figuring out how to do one of these. Thanks for the time saver.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

View MsDebbieP's profile

MsDebbieP

18615 posts in 2816 days


#7 posted 09-11-2007 08:34 PM

how wonderful!!
Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

View Neal Meyers Jr's profile

Neal Meyers Jr

18 posts in 2565 days


#8 posted 09-16-2007 06:47 PM

I agree with everyone else Great Tutorial. I have some Walnut and Wild Cherry and was looking for an interesting way of using it to make a cutting board. Thanks for the Ideas.

-- Neal Meyers Jr

View Karson's profile

Karson

34876 posts in 3056 days


#9 posted 09-16-2007 07:45 PM

Thanks Tony for the tutorial.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12996 posts in 2638 days


#10 posted 10-05-2007 03:06 AM

nice work Tony !! looking forward to seeing more

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View Blake's profile

Blake

3437 posts in 2530 days


#11 posted 03-03-2008 07:04 AM

Thanks for showing us this Tony!

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

View Dan'um Style's profile

Dan'um Style

12996 posts in 2638 days


#12 posted 03-09-2008 10:10 PM

Hey TONY

I added a link to my cutting boards.

Maybe it will help folks make a few and we will see their examples posted here soon

Regards

DAN

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

View fred4999's profile

fred4999

107 posts in 2139 days


#13 posted 12-17-2008 01:57 PM

Thanks Tony for the easy to follow instructions. We’ll see if I can follow them. Great seeing all the good stuff here, Thanks to you as well Dan for leading the way!

-- Fred, Georgia

View Paul's profile

Paul

345 posts in 2245 days


#14 posted 03-01-2009 05:27 PM

I know this is an old post but it is a good one, thanks for the details, I will try to follow them

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

View konaman's profile

konaman

75 posts in 2286 days


#15 posted 10-10-2009 05:22 PM

Thanks for the great write up. This will give me the encouragement to try this out soon.

showing 1 through 15 of 26 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase