|Project by ilyac||posted 03-11-2015 02:14 AM||1236 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
So like nearly every other aspiring woodworker I decided to make a end gain cutting board. Hard maple and walnut. 12” x 15”, 1-1/2” thick. I used a 1/4” roundover on the whole thing and added a juice groove. I finished this with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which seems to be working quite nicely.
I love the way this ended up coming out, I think it looks great and I’m sure it’ll serve me for years to come. Having learned from my mistakes the next one I make for my mom will hopefully go a lot smoother.
I learned A LOT of lessons making this. The process seems so simple. Cut a bunch of sticks. Glue them together. Cut them the other way, rotate 90 degrees, and glue again. Sand. Seal. Done.
I made mistakes at nearly every step. I had a hard time with my initial rips of the hard maple because once in strips it had a tendency to bend a little. Without a planer/jointer or a good way to hold them down for hand planing (not that using a hand plane on hard maple was fun regardless) getting the strips to be all evenly sized and square was a bit more difficult that I anticipated. After a few mistakes I got the hang of it, but I ended up creating a lot of waste and so the whole thing was a bit smaller than I intended.
Glue up went pretty well, except I could have been more careful lining everything up as i learned very quickly than if it’s not all lined up now, sanding is a pain. Lesson learned. crosscutting and re-gluing went slightly better, but I need to make myself a pair of cauls, and all this will be much easier, and result in much less sanding.