|Project by Will Stokes||posted 12-15-2009 04:43 AM||2347 views||11 times favorited||11 comments|
Another three Christmas presents just completed. Glued up with Titebond II, flooded for 24 hours in mineral oil, then finished off with a bees wax mineral oil finish. A couple summers ago I picked up a nice cutting board with this type of design at a craft fair. It looked like it would be fun to make and now that I finally have a table saw I set out to make a few as Christmas gifts using scrap leftover from making my bed years ago and cutoffs and boards I didn’t think were good enough for the coffee table I’m currently working on.
I definitely learned a lot while working on this project! I need to work some more on my planer setup to avoid snipe. I also learned that the slower I go when making cuts with my table so I can virtually avoid tear-out all together and thus just kiss the surface with the planer after doing a glue up (and thus reduce the risk of chipping!). I also found I was able to get smoother and smoother bevels on the edges by going slower with the router, just not so slow to cause burning of course. The simple thin ripping jig I built recently was wonderful to use and allowed me to make consistent thin rips very quickly. I’m looking forward to building a “super sled” to make cutting miters a bit easier and safer in the future. Anyways, thanks for looking.