|Project by newTim||posted 1152 days ago||1781 views||12 times favorited||12 comments|
I built a board for my sister in law last year (top picture below), but it leaked and the juice grooves were too shallow. I had experimented with a pattern and it just didn’t turn out to good. I have since revised my approach and came up with this board. She wanted it big enough to carve a turkey with grooves deep enough to catch all the juice from roast beef. So with this board I not only added a deep juice groove (3/4” x 3/4” deep), I lowered the middle section about 3/16”. After building the board according to the standard TWW technique I made a pattern (template) to cut the outside groove using a guide bushing and half round bit. I made several passes cutting just a little deeper each pass. I made several shallow passes at the end to remove burn marks. I used double-stick tape to attach the template to the board and left it in place for the next step. I made a jig that allows the router to bridge the template and has stop fences on the bottom so the bit only cuts the middle. It is like other jigs I’ve seen for flattening stock with a router. I used a 1” straight router bit and again took many shallow passes. This process kicks up a fine dust so good dust collection and a mask are important. The jig really made this part of the job easy and accurate. The bottom picture below shows (Giant Juice Groove Cutting Board) a board I made prior to this one where I also cut a large groove and routed out the middle without using a jig and using a router guide instead of a template. That board required a lot of handwork and didn’t come out as nice. The evolution in quality between that board and the latest board is pretty clear. But hey, it is just a hunk of wood and as long as it stop the knife from cutting the counter top I guess it is all good. Still, it is much more satisfying to get it right.
The new board is about 16” x 21” x 1 1/8” and is finished with the TWW’s General Finishes Salad Bowl mix. I used rock maple, walnut, purple heart, bloodwood, and ash (maybe oak, but I think it is ash). I also attached small rubber feet which really grip the counter and keep it above any standing water. Thanks for looking.
-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com