|Project by Cornelius||posted 01-01-2016 11:46 PM||1151 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
It appears that one of the very first almost mendatory project for any new woodworker is to build a cutting board.
I never doubted that it is an extremely good exercice, the only issue is my wife always told me she did not need such a cutting board. It was quite frustrating as I was really motivated to try. On the other hand I really wanted to build a little sharpening angle jig to seriously start sharpening my tools. I then decided I could built that jig like a mini cutting board so I would have done my first homework as any other aspiring woodworker.
For this second project of mine, I used parts of a front door i digged from the wood skip at the recycling center. For this little project I used only hand tools appart from the router to cut the wave in the board.
I planed moldings of the doors to do 4 square pieces of wood to glue together to form the panel. that was the longest part for me as it seemed that almost square was never square enough for setting up a panel…this to me was the more difficult and then most interesting exercise.
Even if the final product is a simple piece, I forced myself to set up a plan in order to start learning to use sketchup. This plan was printed real scale on a piece of scrap so I could cut the wave accurately in between the stops.
I had an issue during the routing part as I went a tad off the guide at some point. I was extremely tempted to start from scratch but I thought I should already learn to accept my mistakes and carrried on with that wood.
As I made my 3 pieces of inlay quite thick, I first threw them in a plastic bag connected to a steamer to pre bend them in the guide.
Glue up/clamping was a bit of a pain as everybody else experienced and I learnt a lot on that front as well.
I finished the whole thing with danish oil.
So that was my take at a little cutting board, I am more than happy with this little tool, even if I still cannot help looking at the main mistake in the inlay.
I already found an excuse to do a bigger and nicer one…I will start project number 3 soon.
Thanks for reading.
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