I hear it’s a right of passage around here to do a wood-whisperer type cutting board :) Well, since Marc inspired my new wood working hobby, I thought I would try one of his projects out.
I decided to use the same famous pattern with Hard Maple and Purple Heart, I ordered the “cutting board” package from Bell Forest http://www.bellforestproducts.com/cutting-board-package.
I received 3 pieces of wood, 2 hard maple and 1 Purple Heart.
The lumber was already jointed on 1 edge and flattened of 2 faces. The purple heart was approximately 8 inches wide, 21 inches in length, and 1 3/4 inches thick. The maple came in two pieces, same width and length as the purple heart, 1 piece was about 2 1/2 inches, the other about 6 inches.
I modified Marc’s design to utilize as much of the wood as possible. After the pattern is established, I plan on cutting the board down the middle so I will have two medium sized boards. One for me, one as a gift.
I started by ripping my boards to the following widths: 2 3/4”, 2 1/4”, 1 3/4”, and 1 inch. I cut 2 boards of each species to these widths.
Now for the first glue up. I arranged the boards as described in Marc’s video and applied Titebond II to both edges and clamped them as best I could with the clamps I have.
That’s it for now, the glue is drying on the first glueup. After I type this, I’m headed out to scrape the squeeze out away and then I will let the glue cure for 8 to 12 hours.
-- Jason, Central Virginia