|Project by Devin||posted 02-26-2011 09:29 AM||1594 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
A friend asked me if I could make a bread board for her to give to her mom…I think it was for Christmas, yikes, ok, so it’s late…
Anyway, she offered to pay me, so that would make this my first commissioned piece. ;).
It is made to slide into an existing slot in the cupboards (just under the counter top).
Its about 15×23x3/4, the measurements coming directly from the little slot that the original board had occupied.
I’ve used maple with a couple strips of walnut for interest, the handle came from Lee Valley, I mortised it into the front of the board and carved it a bit so that it felt better to the touch. Also used walnut plugs to cover the screws in the front and back.
As the board is only 3/4” thick, it really wanted to curve, so my original plan of a simple laminated cutting board wasn’t going to work. I had to go with breadboard ends, first time for me. Had to do some reading about the various ways you can add breadboard ends. I decided on a 3/4” deep mortise and tenon with screws in the edge rather than wooden pins through the face on deeper tenons. The center 4” of the the tenon is glued and the two end screws are in slotted holes to allow for a bit of movement.
I did notice that there was about a 1/16th of movement in width just from the humidity difference between my shop and the upstairs of our house. So I’m glad I allowed for the movement, as I imagine an average house will vary by at least that much throughout the year.
Fun little project, got to try my hand at breadboard ends and a bit of carving.
Thanks for looking!
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