|Project by Sawdustonmyshoulder||posted 12-26-2014 07:31 PM||1425 views||6 times favorited||3 comments|
Several years ago, I got a three cherry trees that were cut down in the neighborhood by the power company. I had them sawed into 2” slabs. Now, I’m getting to make some projects with the slabs.
My first project is for Christmas gifts and I made 4 cutting/serving boards.
After flattening the tops with a scrub plane, jointing plane and power planner, I ran the tops through the drum sander, smoothed with a scraper plane and hand sanded them to 220 grit. I left some of the original sawmill marks on the bottom.
The feet were milled made from the same cherry stock. I made a template for cutting the sliding dovetails out of a piece of MDF. It was basically a rectangular piece to match the spacing of the legs. I used a 3/4” straight bit to hog out most to the waste and finished with a 11/16” dovetail bit. The legs are attached using one brass screw and NO GLUE.
The finish is 3 coats of mineral oil applied with a cotton rag and the excess is wiped off after about a 15 minute soak-in time.
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