|Project by Lenny||posted 05-28-2011 02:06 AM||2222 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
This is my first attempt at a dipping board. I have seen several of these posted on LJ. I made mine from maple and walnut with padauk accent stripes. Some of these are made with a flat surface for the food but I like the idea of the dished out area. I have seen some with no handles and others with store bought handles. I got the idea to rout a finger hold area along the bottom edge of both ends and I like it. I think it will be convenient when one goes to lift this from a counter. The dimensions on this board are 7” wide by 22” long and 3/4” thick. I think I will make future boards 8”X24”x 7/8”. The finish is 5 coats of General Finishes’ Salad Bowl Finish sanding lightly with #0000 steel wool in between coats. I really like the shiny and smooth finish it provides once the final coat cures (72 hours before introducing food).
This is a gift for my daughter’s future in-laws, the Felix family. She has been living with them for close to a year now and they have been so kind and gracious to her. In April, the remainder of my family and I went to CA to visit my daughter. We spent a week there and went to the Felix’s home twice. They were so hospitable and welcoming to us.
I had used padauk on one other project so I was aware of the orange dust issue. What I didn’t know and came to learn was, padauk next to a light colored wood like maple can be a horror. It tends to bleed into the maple when sanding and applying finish. Ultimately I taped off areas and sanded and finished them separately. Once I had 2-3 coats of finish on, I was able to work the whole piece without concern. I won’t be using padauk next to a light colored wood again.
I made a jig from MDF for routing out the food and dip areas of these boards. I fashioned mine similar to the one closetguy made. The “bowl and tray bit” (see photo) is used for the food area and a straight bit for the bowl area.
I also want to share a mistake I made during the build of this project. We all experience mistakes and discuss them often. We comment on how covering them up can be an art in itself. As you can see in one of the pictures, the router and bit got away from me and I took out a big divot towards the center of the board. Except for the divot, I had routed 1/4” deep and planned to leave the area at that depth. My initial thought for a fix was to rout down to the depth of the divot but I thought that would be too deep. I made a patch and at first, was satisfied with it but each time I saw those barely perceptible lines of the patch, it ate at me. Ultimately I routed deeper and ended up at about 1/2” deep. My wife and others who have seen the board feel I should make future ones at the 1/2” depth. So, the mistake must have been serendipitous.
Absent the mistake, I enjoyed making this project and plan to make many more. Thanks for stopping by.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI