|Project by NoVaDave||posted 08-16-2014 03:41 PM||526 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This is my first “real” project. Prior to this I only made rudimentary stuff for my workshop. It was a kit I got for Christmas when I was just delving into the craft. The wood is Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Mahogany and Bubinga. The wood comes dimensioned at 1-1/2”x16”x3/4”. It is not rough sawn but it is not quite ready for glue up either. It was a nice project to get me used to using my No. 4 hand plane. I also learned a lot about grain orientation. Rounded corners were cut with a hand held jig saw and refined with a series of rasps and sandpaper. I used a water proof glue for the joints and finished it with a food safe finish from the home center. The finish is a combo of beeswax and food grade mineral oil. It is easy to work with and leaves a beautiful sheen. My wife uses this project for cutting/serving cheese when we have company. “It is too nice for everyday use,” says she.