|Project by sepeck||posted 12-24-2014 11:18 PM||826 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Several of my family are at the point where they don’t want or need ‘more stuff’ in their lives so we draw names from a hat for presents for the adults. Also, on a budget. So I picked out a nice board of the Big Leaf Maple I got earlier this year. They are 10 1/2” by 19 or 21” depending on board and just over an inch thick . The size was dictated by my wife and the spot on the counter she determined it would go most of the time. So, one for her, one for my dad and one for a family friend.
I rough cut on the table and band saw and did most of the bulk planning on an old DeWalt planer. I finished them up with something new to me, a hand plane. I figured this would kind of help me understand more of the videos and instructions I have been reading lately. They are sanded to 220 grit and two coats of mineral oil with a third using Andreas recipe of mineral oil and beeswax. I think in future I will try it with a little more beeswax but for a first time experiment it went well. Also I have quite a bit left so it will be a while before I mix up a new batch.
I tried to show the nice flecks in the pictures but most of them disappeared. I also included one shot of how I did the ends at a steep angle so they would be easy to pick up. My wife spent the morning picking out which was hers. The second picture with the prettiest flecks.
They were fun to make but now it’s time to let them go be cutting boards and get all the character they will have. Especially since this will let me reface the old, smaller cutting board of my wife’s that has been in need of maintenance for a while now.
-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org