|Project by qball||posted 12-19-2011 11:05 PM||1010 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
Well I decided to finally join the cutting board club. Here are my first 3 cutting boards.
Board #1 Walnut & Maple
Board #2 Walnut, Maple, & Cherry
Board #3 Walnut, Maple, Cherry, & Oak This one was made from scrap of random widths. I measured all my scraps and then used CBDesigner to come up with a pattern that was pleasing to the eye. If you have never used CBDesigner I highly recommend it, and its free!!!
Can anyone tell me what the white specs are in the maple? They were not noticeable before I applied the finish, at least I don’t think so. I keep applying mineral oil but they just will not disappear.
If you don’t like sanding don’t even bother making one of these. I haven’t ever sanded so much. I started out with a ROS and 80 grit but moved over to the belt sander and 80 grit for the second and third. It’s amazing the difference between the two!!! Now all I need is a order large enough to justify buying a drum sander!!!
Another thing I ran into was the power in a set of parallel clamps. If you look closely at the second cutting board you can see the outer edges became compressed during the glue up. I did place a 3rd clamp in the middle however it didn’t seem to help. The 3rd one I made I used mdf cauls to try to help reduce the wood compression however there is still a slight bow on the ends. Has anyone else ever dealt with this? Am I just applying too much clamping pressure?