|Project by rustfever||posted 05-31-2016 02:12 AM||777 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
It is time for summer vacation from school. I invited, again, my grandson from St. Louis to spend time in my wood shop in Central California. He will spend virtually every available day this summer with me. When I asked what he wanted to make, ‘A Basket Weave Cutting Board’ was his reply.
Sure I said, not knowing anything about how they went together.
So it was time to learn. Learn I did. I made two. This one I completely finished and presented to my wife, his Grandmother.
She loves it. [My daughter has put in an order for one, also] Neither will ever be used as cutting boards. Both will spend years on the ‘display’ shelf in the kitchen.
About the build;
I used the ‘Holy Trinity’; Maple, Walnut and Cherry. I started by gluing the Walnut to the maple. Then I sized all the material to width [ & thickness] in the wide belt sander [to within .005”].
I built a sled with a very precisely adjustable stop and cut each of 24 cherry pieces, 8 each of the short Maple/Walnut pieces, and 15 each of the long Maple/Walnut pieces.
I then assembled the 8 corner pieces, using clamps. WOW, that was a job. Then I assembled 1/2 of the board. Later I did the other half to the first half.
Viola! a little bit a clean up of glue, a couple passes thru the wide belt sander, a few dowels, sanding to 280, and a couple of treatments of mineral oil.
Of course, I cut nearly 2.5 time the number of pieces necessary to make one board. Only a couple were ‘Rejects’. So I was able to make two board. Yes, I did need to do a very minor amount of ‘putty’ work, but you would never find it.
Biggest issue, cutting each piece and following the grain across the piece. WOW
What will I do differently when G-Son arrives? Forget most of the clamps. I have made several ‘Wedge Clamping Boards’ for this project. I made a lot of identically tapered wedges of white oak to clamp the 47 pieces in precise alignment. This is faster, easier, and get better final result. But I did two dry-runs before I used the glue!
Yes, it is doable. Yes, it is tedious. Yes, it take a bit of time. Yes, the results are fantastic.
If I can do it, so can you!
-- Rustfever, Central California