|Project by BreakingBoardom||posted 12-18-2010 12:45 AM||2568 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
Well, my parents were wanting a cutting board for Christmas so this is what I came up with. And just in time cause I think it’s mandatory for every LumberJock to finish a cutting board in there first year here, right? Well my 1 year is tomorrow so I just squeaked in. Anyway, my parents know they are getting a cutting board, but they are just expecting a maple butcher block I think. This is a Zig-Zag End Grain Board that McLeanVA blogged about here. Even with such great instruction I still managed to come across a few problems. In my haste I didn’t make sure the board was completely flat before my last crosscuts and glue up so as you can see in the last two pics, there were some small gaps between some of the rows. Seeing as how this is a cutting board and I didn’t want bacteria growing in the gaps (My mom works as a nurse in the Infection Control Dept. at a local hospital), I decide to put the board on my crosscut sled and rip it up down the center of the glue lines. I lost a small amount of material, but it was worth it to get rid of the gaps and feel confident in giving this away as a gift. The woods are Maple and Walnut with multiple coats of Howards Butcher Block Conditioner that I picked up at Home Depot. Added some rubber feet from HD as well. Size is about 12” x 19” x 1.25”. And even though some of the pieces shifted during glue up and the lines aren’t all lined up, I’m pretty happy with the outcome. I really love the way the oil brought out the beauty of the walnut. Anyway, all comments welcome. Thanks.
-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/