|Project by B4B||posted 09-07-2014 04:55 PM||938 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
This is the first cutting board I’ve made. I wanted to make myself a very sturdy, end grain cutting board as a proof of concept (to give family as gifts for Christmas). This one started out as two 7.5”x16” Hard/Rock Maple and Walnut.
The finished size is 14×14.5 and is about 1-5/8 inch thick. The bottom is not flat and I have some work left to do there. I still need to run this though my table saw to finish the edges.
Throughout this project I realized, in this order:
A) My jointer does not have the capacity I need.
B) I need a surface Planer
C) I need some good/different table saw blades
D) A good parallel clamp set would have worked better
E) I need a good block (hand) plane
I learned a lot from this project. If I were to make another one:
1) Perform the first glue up in 4” sections so I could run it though my jointer, and glue the 2 sections together after verifing they are the same thickness (it might add time to the total project, but this is MY time).
2) Pay better attention to the saw blade and stock thickness. I had a lot of sanding after the first glue up as the boards were not the same thickness. . perhaps I should get a thickness gauge/caliper.
3) Do a dry run to ensure that all my stock is square for the first glue up.
4) Take more care when gluing up as to align each piece better.
5) Ensure my table saw blade is securely bolted in on the arbor (I had my saw blade come loose)
6) Did I mention I need a good block plane after the final glue up?
7) I really should build myself a workbench . . . that may be my next project.
-- There's two routers in my vocab, one that moves data and one that removes wood, the latter being more relevant on this forum.