|Project by hypnos||posted 09-08-2009 04:38 AM||2590 views||12 times favorited||19 comments|
After getting both a used Ridgid 13” Planer and 6” Jointer on craigslist for less than the price of one I finally tackled this staple after getting to know the two machines and replacing the blades in the case of the jointer and reversing the blades on the planer. Just in time because the bamboo cutting board we had was split down the middle, was just holding together and surely growing all sorts of flora and fauna in it’s rough grain.
The only problem I had was on the first glue-up. I started gluing it on my “table saw” with the blade down (the afore-mentioned Skil saw which was a gift – I think one L is missing in Skil because even skill doesn’t quite cut it…) and realized as much as I detest the thing I didn’t want it covered in glue and I picked up the board and clamps and moved it to another surface, unbeknownst to me shifting some of the 1 1/2” square pieces up ever so slightly – I didn’t quite realize the value of clamping with cauls between the top and bottom at that point.
I then had to put it through the planer before cross cutting the next round and after flipping them end-grain up after the second cutting I noticed everything was slightly off square. With more jointing and planing it’s hardly noticeable (except to my father – a mechanic). To the untrained eye it looks pretty good and I’m happy with it. There will be many more chances to get it right before Christmas…
Before more cutting boards I’m debating whether or not I should build a crib for our baby myself or buy one – I’m not sure I can even get the lumber for less than the cost of a new (albeit shoddier) one, not even counting the cost of a better plunge router which I’d need and potentially a bandsaw (I may cut out the curves in the 3 in 1 wood magazine plan). If anyone has experience building that crib and can give me some advice on costs – I’m thinking black walnut and purple heart… I live in Kansas City and I’ve read about a home mill way out in Paola Kansas that may get me good prices on walnut…
Not hard to tell, but it’s maple and padauk – salad bowl finish.
-- David P., Kansas City