|Project by Mauritius||posted 08-03-2009 04:00 AM||2056 views||3 times favorited||10 comments|
Made from curly maple and curacao de negro, measures about 20” x 11.5”. First time working with curacao de negro, I was a little concerned going in because it seemed very hard and heavy and maybe a tad brittle. It actually worked quite well and has an amazing grain and color, every square in the board is very unique.
I have to agree with everyone that cutting boards are a great way to start. I made 4 or 5 before this one and gave all but one away to friends and family. A lot of good basic skills get put to the test and it’s very easy to correct most mistakes along the way. Most of my early mistakes were made at the table saw, cutting thin strips (of maple especially) proved rather difficult. A lot of burning and not a lot of consistency. I gave myself a tolerance of .002” for the 1/8” strips in this board and managed to only have to recut two of them after making a strip cutting jig similar (but not as nice) as this http://lumberjocks.com/projects/5544
I’ve decided not to put this guy under the knife, I’m a little worried about how it will hold up to repeated washings given how large and relatively thin it is and how many end-grain glue joints there are. Once I finish it with something other than mineral oil it’ll live happily in our coffee nook.