|Project by JimRochester||posted 04-26-2015 01:26 PM||818 views||3 times favorited||2 comments|
I wanted to play around with the drunken cutting board design because I hadn’t ever made any. I started with two but was having fun so I ended with the four designs you see. All are maple and walnut. These have a coat of mineral oil, and finger grooves so I still have to put a better finish on them and install some feet. They are roughly 3/4 inch thick. The first three are roughly 10×14
The first board was the chaotic design with purpleheart strips. Purpleheart is very rigid for this so I had trouble getting the boards to glue up tightly. If you use purple, cut the strips paper thin
The rest are the traditional checkerboard pattern.
The second is my favorite with padauk strips. Much easier to glue even with 1/8” strips.
By the time I got to the third design I was getting the hang of it. Even with the curves, just the pressure of the clamps isn’t enough. I learned to draw lines on the board before glue up and tap everything straight while clamping. I used walnut strips for the third board.
The fourth board was the easiest. No strips at all and fewer cuts to make the individual squares larger. 10×12. Easy to make but I like them with the strips better. That’s what I’ll make in the future.
-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.