|Project by TroutGuy||posted 12-21-2009 12:07 AM||3752 views||7 times favorited||8 comments|
The first one is already gone, and I wanted to get this one posted before it too, goes away (tomorrow). I ran across a picture of this optical illusion and thought it would make a neat cutting board. It is 9” x 12” x 1 1/2”. End grain maple and mahogany, from a friend’s scrap bin.
I decided that making a few end grain cutting boards would make a good test for my recently acquired PerforMax 16-32 Plus drum sander. It really made this easy! A few passes each with 80, 150, and 220 grit, followed by 150 and 220 grit on my ROS to remove the lines from the drum sander. Two thumbs up on the PerforMax!
Construction was pretty simple on this one. First, I glued up 1” x 1 1/16” x 18” alternating strips of maple and mahogany, to make a ‘blank’ 1 1/16” x 13” x 18”. Then I sanded the blank to 1” thick. Next, I crosscut 1 1/2” strips from the blank, turned them end grain up, and glued them together, offsetting the rows by 1/3” to achieve the stair-stepped pattern. Finally, I squared the ends on the table saw and rounded the edges. Sand. Finish. Done!
BTW, the finish is a ‘home-brew’ of mineral oil and beeswax (~5:1 by weight), VERY carefully made on my kitchen stove. I applied the first coat while it was still warm/liquid. After that one soaked in, I re-melted it (~20 sec. in my microwave—YAMMV) and applied a second coat. Two more coats in paste form and that’s it.
-- There is nothing in the world more dangerous, than a woodworker who knows how to read a micrometer...