|Project by vipond33||posted 08-13-2011 04:30 PM||2117 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
I know I’m not a card carrying, bona fide member of the cutting board club; all of my many previous efforts given as gifts look very pedestrian compared to some of the marvels I have seen here on LJ. Yet to tell the truth, I usually prefer side or edge grain looks and subtle flourishes rather than three dimensional imaginings, simply because everything comes up brighter that way. Apologies to the club and perhaps I will try the 3D technique someday.
Now sometimes a different material is a game changer. Working on an elaborate bed for a client today I had off cuts of 6/4 bamboo plywood at hand. They suddenly popped opened my eyes. I cocked my head to the side, thought for a bit, then zip zip zip on the big saw, glue and clamp, through the wide sander and all done in 1 hour flat. Sheer impulsiveness.
The ease of the work didn’t prepare me for the rather nice result or the decision that maybe, just maybe I would finally kick my shameful habit. You see, I have always cut on plastic. Always. (I know, I know). Anytime I have thought about using one of my own boards I was afraid of the first knife mark – I wanted to scrape it out before continuing. It would take forever to prepare a meal that way. But the bamboo is a riot of lines and visual textures just welcoming the knife. “Go ahead, you can do it, I won’t tell” it says. Thanks. So is there a secret handshake for apostates?
10 1/4”x 15 1/2”x 1 3/8”
Build on LJ’s.
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