|Project by sapwood||posted 07-28-2015 05:06 PM||1303 views||3 times favorited||9 comments|
I started out making the cross-hatched design first, then ended up with extra pieces so I incorporated the leftover into the 2nd board. 1st is Walnut, Bloodwood and Hardmaple. 11.5” x 16” x 1.5”. Second board is same materials, and a bit larger 17.5” x 12.5” Used some different size Walnut dowels for accent pieces. Finished with mineral oil (many coats) then mineral oil/beeswax.
I’m not sure if you can see the detail, but I’ve been playing around with a maker’s mark. I carved in a monogram, then filled with filings (first one is copper, the other brass). Then put thin CN glue over monogram before sanding the edge. The second one turned out a bit better in my opinion, as I’m getting better at the carving.
The hardest part for me in making these was to eliminate the gaps when gluing up. I pretty much had to hand fit the small walnut squares on the first one indiviually. The sandwich of maple and bloodwood was easy. Since I don’t have a drum sander, the belt sander had to do. Still working on getting that perfectly flat, so finished sanding by taping a large piece of sandpaper to a granite slab and rubbed the board over it until flat. Not believing the many advice notes on this site, I did try to run board #2 through my new Dewalt 13” planer (on very light setting) However it chipped the trailing edge of the board on the first pass. Luckily, I squared that off on the table saw and then back to the belt sander. From now on, I’ll believe the many experts posting on this site and not run endgrain through the planer!
Thanks for looking.