|Project by oldstarter||posted 07-05-2015 04:23 PM||1507 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
Well I’ve heard all the comments about not making cheese boards etc. or you’ll not be able to stop. So I thought I’d just make one, to see what all the fuss is about. Lol. Five boards later!
I haven’t put the first board I’d made here as I wasn’t that keen on it, it was too symmetrical for my taste, plus I put the grain the wrong way in the main part of the board and saw a comment on here that this would fail in time, I also put some squares end grain up, which when I treated them with mineral oil darkened down the squares so that all three that I put in, ended up not looking a lot different from each other. That was probably due to me not sanding down enough. Apart from all that it was perfect lol.
So I thought I’d just make one more. I’d seen some of the Jocks had put scrolls on their boards so I though I’d have a go at that, then saw that you had to use a router and pattern pieces, or is that formers? I didn’t fancy my luck at that and had seen that one lad had just used his band saw, way to go for me. I free handed a pencil line and just let the saw follow that as near as possible, added the rather thick veneer and glued it all up. It looked O.K. but seemed to lack something so added some ‘spots’, which I was pleased with. So then I thought If I free hand a pencil line and put some spots along the line it would just suggest a scroll without having to cut my board in half. So drew my pencil line and put some spots on it and by half closing my eyes I could make the pencil line disappear and moved the spots about until I could see that even with the lined erased it would still look like a scroll.
The last picture is of a board that was nearly a disaster as I had had trouble sanding the boards down with a belt sander I decided to make a router flattening jig which was great, but unfortunately the wedges I’d used to hold the board slipped. Result a router cut much deeper than the others, nearly ended up in the bin, but had another go at the board for practice. Much better result but the board was now down to 3/4” whereas all the others where 1” and there where some marks on it that I couldn’t get out without the board becoming too thin. Added more spots to cover the flaws! Not over keen on that board but at least it was saved.
Thanks for looking.
Oh the woods I used where some that my brother has just given me. Really love that Padauk. Oh and also the board with the interlocking pieces, can anyone tell me what the center wood is? It has a really nice pattern on it, might be Mahogany or more likely Sapele. I’ve looked on the wood identifying site, but I end more confused than I started.
-- Oldstarter (Dave Ashby)