|Project by Bearpie||posted 08-21-2010 10:05 PM||2709 views||10 times favorited||24 comments|
This cutting board is 11 5/8” W x 19 3/8” L x 1 1/4” thick
Made of Purple Heart base, rings and plugs from Yellow Heart, Padauk, Mora and Maple.
This was a very challenging project that so far took me 2 weeks. I learned a lot doing this project, for one, the rings have to be perfect and glue will not fill the gaps. The first 2 rings I put in at the same time on each side of the board had a small gap about 1/3 of the way around the ring on the inside so I had to cut another inner ring on both of them. I put 2 splines on the ends of the board to stabilize the Purple Heart board. I still have to put a final sanding on the surface, round off all the edges and put a finish on it. I am not sure what I will be putting on it, mineral oil or salad bowl oil or even wipe on poly if it is not going to be used as a cutting board. Any opinions or suggestions?
I used a circle cutter to make my grooves and a router to clean the bottom of the Padauk plug. The router caught and put a gouge on one side of the ring so I put another ring in to hide the screw up. Tip: Keep firm hold of router and clamp work piece down, don’t assume the weight of the board is enough!
Picture 2 shows the circle cutter and drill press, picture 3 shows earlier stage of the board. I sort of wished I had better foresight and would have just added the extra rings to the ends and just the middle ring to the wide Yellow Heart. All in all I am pleased with the outcome.
I have a very strong doubt that this will ever be used as a cutting board, looks too nice to put a knife to it!
As always, comments and critiques welcomed. Enjoy looking!
Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL