|Project by bvdon||posted 01-21-2011 02:52 AM||14358 views||67 times favorited||18 comments|
Here is an end grain cutting board with two patterns incorporated. Diamonds and zig-zag. Diamonds are padauk and yellowheart, zig zags are padauk. The primary woods are walnut and maple.
Photo 1: project completed. board size is 14×12, 1.75 inches thick.
Photo 2: first edge grain glue up establishing the end grain pattern.
Photo 3: gluing the diamonds. I assembled the adjoining walnut pieces first. Then applied glue to the mitered yellowheart (1/8 inch veneer) and placed it in position, spending a bit of time checking for gaps depending on where pressure was put—once I put the padauk in place, I can no longer see if there are gaps in the yellowheart. Then the padauk goes in and I used as many clamps as I could fit in there to keep everything tight.
Photo 4: final glue up complete.
Photo 5: flat planed to thickness with a floating router sled jig (or whatever you call it) with a 1.25 inch dish bowl bit, 1/2 inch shank. This was the first time I did this and it worked great, though creates quite a bit of dust. Dust mask required!
Photo 6: Juice groove jig. Another first for me. This jig worked perfect and I had no fear of destroying the board by going off track or over shooting the edge. I’ve tried numerous methods, and this is by far the best method I’ve come across. Perfect juice groove, no burns, no bumps! So simple, a caveman can do it…
Finish: top/bottom surfaces sanded with 60, 80, 120, 220, 320 grits. Edges with 120, 220, 320. Juice groove, 220 grit via index finger. General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish (cut 50/50 with mineral spirits).
I mentioned this cutting board on another site that had a similar diamond style but used a different technique (probably better).