|Project by Dallas||posted 12-30-2014 12:59 PM||1054 views||0 times favorited||13 comments|
Back in September I decided to start on a board for my sister for Christmas. I figured I had plenty of time and even though I could only work for an hour or two each day, it should be at her house before the big day.
Oh, how wrong I was.
Between being weaker than normal, having to finish a small remodeling job in our office and then plugged suction lines in our pool, plus some major screw-ups on the board itself, I didn’t even have it done until Dec. 28th.
This board is built to be a combination board that can be used either as a pastry dough board with a stop to go against the edge of the counter and keep it from moving when rolling out dough, or, another set of legs can be attached to support it on a table for serving.
1 1/4” thick, 22” deep by 26” wide, it is built to fit the open space on her counter top.
It is made from walnut, maple, sycamore, osage orange and cherry. All of the wood except the walnut is from our property that I have been collecting for the last 6 or 7 years.
The brass screws are made from 1/4” brass rod stock and cap nuts that I drilled out.
The breadboard ends were a pain to make, not because of the mortice and tenon, but for some reason I could not get the edges to mate as tightly to the board end as I wanted and had to redo them a couple of times.
I also had to remake the whole board once when I dropped the router on it and put a huge gouge in it.
The only glue is on the edge grain of the main field, there is no glue on the breadboard ends.
The breadboard ends are held in place with draw bore dowels, (two in the middle of each oe), and the outer dowels are sliding in a slot on the mortice to account for expansion.
The last picture is one of my quality inspectors checking things out, she gave grudging approval.
Thanks for looking, I hope it can inspire others.
Oh, and to answer a post in one of the forums, I used an oscillating multitool to clean up the ends of the mortice, along with some chisels.
-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!