|Project by Alan Hart||posted 05-17-2015 01:59 PM||2547 views||15 times favorited||10 comments|
This is my third attempt making a 3D cutting board. First two I didn’t get the angle right. It’s made out of maple, cherry, and walnut. I used the plans that SPalm and RetiredCoastie have but changed it a little.
I made a jig on my miter gauge with a toggle clamp to get the angle just right. I cut 1 1/2 wide stripes out of scrap 1/4 hard board and cut 3 pieces to get the angle. I Put them together to make sure no light was going through the joints. Once set I started cutting.
They are cut like they did and clamped together like Retired did but I used wax paper so it wouldn’t stick to the clamping jig. Now the real fun began.
I tried clamping the first two boards like they did but I couldn’t get the corners to line up good. So I used tape, pic2, and pic3.
After that I glued everything together, pic4, sanded and oiled with mineral oil.
The one big mistake I made, I think it is anyway, is that it’s only 1 inch thick. Next one I make will be 1 1/2 or more.
Now the question I have for my fellow lumberjocks is why did some the maple end grain turn dark after I oiled it? Now it looks like the cherry next to it and it doesn’t have the 3D look I wanted.
I made this for my niece that just got married. I don’t think she will use it, I looks to good to use. But I will tell her that she will probably get a new one that’s thicker and has the right 3D look to it. I have more nieces and nephews getting married in the next few years so it looks like I’ll be making more, maybe even different styles.
Any and all comments and suggestions are welcome.
-- Al Hart