|Project by OhioPumpGuy||posted 01-30-2011 02:50 AM||1874 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
This is my first cutting board of any type. My brother is getting marrier and registed for a small store brand bamboo cutting board. I decided that a piece of maple (8/4×6’) at the same price would yield a better gift for the $$.
I made some plans (picture 6) in AutoCad to make the best use of the wood. I ended up with a 12.” x 24” x 1 7/8” board after planing and cutting.
I used my new tablesaw/router table (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/42413) to rip the boards, a DeWalt DW716 12” (305mm) Double-Bevel Compound Miter Saw for the cross cutting and a DeWalt DW735 two speed thickness planer for the finishing and my new JET Parallel Clamps for the clamping.
Using the plainer for dimensional ripping of the end-grain did result in considerable tearout of the endgrain as can be expected, so the table saw was used at the end to trim all edges flush. I used a 50 grit belt sander to sand the top and bottom surfaces mainly flush. The planer worked perfect on low speed for flattening both sides – I did be sure to only take less than 1/32 off with each pass.
I finished it with 220 grit and then 320 by hand; some Maple plugs for feet and 6 coats of Mineral Oil later and its finished. All in all a fun project and a great and memorable gift. Feedback appreciated.