|Project by Dan||posted 05-09-2011 07:06 PM||5007 views||4 times favorited||13 comments|
Here is my first end grain cutting board with a zig zag design. I got the plans from http://lumberjocks.com/McLeanVA/blog/18432 I followed his directions exactly as described and for the most part it was all rather straight forward. I thank him for taking the time to post his detailed directions.
This project started as a gift for my Grandmothers birthday but after my first glue up was complete I realized I had enough to make two small boards. So I ended up making two of these and I gave the other one to my Mother-in-Law for Mothers Day.
The board is made from Maple and Mahogany. After each glue up I hand planed the edges flat before doing the next glue up. It was a little time consuming but I wanted to ensure no gaps in the joints. The only real problem I ran into was I was probably not as careful as I could have been when doing the final glue up process. My main focus was making sure to line the pattern up and I spent less focus on keeping everything as flat as I could. The end result was an end grain board needing a lot of flattening. I guess I didn’t think it would be as much trouble as what it was. Needless to say I will be much more careful next time.
To flatten the final board I first hit it with an assault from several of my block planes to knock out the higher spots. I then used my random orbit sander on it and after a rather long time of sanding I finally got the first board flat. For the 2nd board I really didn’t want to spend the kind of time sanding that I did on the first so I tried doing it all with my planes. The smaller bench planes kept choking out on me so I hit it with the biggest and heaviest I have and thats my #8. I have a new premium blade in that plane which helped but it was still a chore. Both boards were then hand sanded with a fine grit and finished with a food safe wood oil.
I think it would be nice to have a low angle bench plane for times like this. I am thinking this is a good excuse for me to buy a new low angle plane.
-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"