|Project by smitty22||posted 04-01-2011 10:17 PM||1270 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
Well, like most of my projects, there’s a bit of a twisted tale behind this one, blog is here.
First all the credit for the mild success with this goes to the Wood Whisperer, bet I watched Marc’s video at least a dozen times.
Not counting a couple of CB repairs done earlier, this was my first CB project. Somewhere around the 2nd glue-up, the board seemed too big (and heavy?), so just crosscut it into two more manageable albeit junior-size boards. Should be good for smaller food prep, but ndg for turkeys.
Each board turned out to be about 9” x 14” x 1 ½”, then finished with thinned General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish. (Do they make foodsafe mineral spirits?) May be of interest, but if you can detect that one board has distinctly lighter maple endgrain than the other, it used straight-from-the-can unthinned SBF while the darker one was finished with 50% thinned. Doesn’t make sense to me either.
During all this, I learned much about my table saw, mostly about the intricacies of blade tilt/fence/insert alignment, and the need for a real joiner and planer. (I know, I know, don’t run end grain through the planer.) Anyway, I have meandered to the end of another project, mostly without incident, and learned to more fully appreciate the wonderful craftsmanship displayed by the cutting board artists of LJ. Thanks, you know who you are!
P.S. My friend and his wife liked the first CB, and I’m gonna make another one or two.