|Project by Keelan||posted 01-17-2011 06:42 PM||4342 views||10 times favorited||11 comments|
I originally found this block as a kitchen island in a wood working magazine we sell at work and I got to thinking about doing it myself. I knew the level of detail was more than anything I had done before but I was determined to see this through. I chose maple, mahogany, and walnut for my 3 types of woods as I thought that was the best contrast in colours. I also went a step further and gave it a purple heart boarder. From seeing other boards that were similar I didn’t like the look of the edges where the design ended.
To make this as food safe as possible I used Elmer’s waterproof wood glue. I would have to say the gluing was the most tedious part of this project. It took me several days of gluing and clamping for it to finally start taking shape as a cutting board. Nearly every piece has to be edged a little bit as there was a slight variance in the maple when it was first put through the table saw. Taking an extra 5 minutes nudging and truing my table saw would have saved me hours of work in the end. None the less I pushed ahead.
Sanding this project I went from a 100 grit to remove all glue off the surface to a 150 grit, then i moved up to a 220 grit for a nice smooth finish. Overall I spent roughly 2 hours on my finishing day sanding this board and it really paid off when you feel it.
After all the comments on the different oils to use, I washed it down with some warm soapy water and re-oiled it with a mineral oil. So far its been heavily used and still doesn’t have a scratch on it. It made an awesome Christmas present.
The board was roughly 14” x 20” and 3/4” thick. The starting lumber was 1 3/4” x 3” to give 2” on each side of the hexagon.
Anyone looking to try this project, make sure to take extra care in the very first cuts to avoid extra work down the line.
Just recently I was home visiting and got a few more pictures of this project. I didn’t take the time to get some quality pictures after finishing it as I was in rush mode for the holidays.