|Project by Bovine||posted 05-13-2009 08:33 PM||1336 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
I love the look of Mark Spagnuolo's Cutting Board, and I’ve heard on numerous occasions that Cutting Boards are great beginner’s projets. After completing this project, I have to agree on both counts.
I went into it with the intention that I needed to work on my basic skills—measuring, cutting, etc. It really went well with the exception of a couple major issues:
1. Lumber thickness. I couldn’t find maple and purpleheart in the thicknesses I needed. Since this was a learning project, I decided to experiment a little. I bought 3/4 inch boards and carefully glued them together to get a 1 1/2 inch board. This turned out well. I had enough even clamping pressure that the joint line really isn’t noticable. The varying grain pattern on the finished product is really only noticble on the maple and looks kind of nice.
2. The Planer Incident. I must’ve measured wrong, because after my first glue up I had one piece that was standing about 1/8” taller than the rest. No problem, I thought…I’ll just run the whole things through the planer and level it out. Not! When the planer got to that piece, it broke the whole piece from the rest and sent it flying back towards out of the planer. Luckily it’s aim is a lot like my measuring skills and it missed the mark. Lesson Learned: If you have one small piece that is standing 1/8” proud of the rest, don’t use a thickness planer to fix it.
Other than that, it was a quick project that really allowed me to practice the basics. Thanks Mark, for your design (and easy to follow video).
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