|Project by PeteMoss||posted 12-01-2008 11:31 PM||1432 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
Well…my first project post. Here we go.
I decided to make a cutting board as a Christmas present for my step-mom. It is one of the ones in the picture with three of them. I have a version just like it, only bigger, that I made my wife a couple years ago. it has been nice to use, but really too big. I personally always wanted to have a small one just to dice onions or what have you. So, I made her’s in the same design (end grain of hard maple and two cherry strips) only smaller. It turned out pretty well and I had some left over materials, so I thought why not make one for my mother-in-law and sister too. So, now I have three that are virtually identical except for slight differences in dimensions (I didn’t really try to hit a certain dimension, just use what material I had).
Then, as the bug was biting and I started seeing other folks cutting boards on this site, I decided to try my hand at an end grain board with an alternating pattern. So, after much scratching my head over design for a while I started cutting parts for board you see by itself in the picture. This turned out okay in the end, but was fiasco after fiasco in construction. I made curved cuts on my cheap’o tablesaw, couldn’t glue the edges due to the curves and had to rip the edges off 1/2 inch. I busted out about half of the end strip and had to cut it off. One thing after another. Like I say, it turned out fine, but I learned lots of lessons on this one. It may be my last. This one is hard maple and some manner of oak (I think). I actually have a pile of redwood and picked a piece out of it. Turns out it was in the wrong pile. I should pay closer attention.
Thanks everyone. I have really enjoyed this site and learned a lot already.
-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss