|Project by JL7||posted 11-15-2010 03:06 AM||4138 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
I have a bunch of bowling lane stacked up in the shed. It is beautiful hard Maple, but chock full of nails…It’s really tough to find good uses for it…...This project is made out the approach area of the bowling lane, the part that you walk on. It’s much thinner material than the the actual bowlling alley, where the ball rolls….
The process starts by prying all the boards apart and cleaning them up on the jointer and planer. With this material, I can clean up to about 1” fiinished thickness. Every board has nail holes on three sides, so in order to make a cutting board with without nail holes, I used a combination of face grain and edge grain, so there are no holes on the edges. I also found some nice curly figure for the ends.
This is my first attempt at breadboard ends. Far from perfect, but not terrible either. The dowels are handmade from Walnut stock (square peg, round hole method, see photo) first time trying that also….easier said then done!
I am guessing this Maple is over 100 years old, but my (poor quality) pictures really don’t do it justice. Simple but elegant.
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA