|Project by Grampa_Doodie||posted 02-10-2012 09:40 PM||1941 views||12 times favorited||14 comments|
I made this cutting board for a young gentleman and his fiancé/now wife who lives in Germany. We call Christian our “unofficially adopted German son”. :)
This project was by far the most fun project I’ve ever built. As you can imagine, it took quite a bit of concentration for this old brain.
It’s made from red oak, cherry, purple heart, and black walnut. I have many more photos showing the step by step procedure if you’re interested.
The really nice thing about this gift is that I got to hand deliver it to them at their wedding in Germany May of 2011.
Follow-up: I’ve added 5 more photos. If you search YouTube you’ll find a really nice video of a fellow woodworker showing the process as well. The Wood Whisperer does one too.
Photo 2- I built a cut-off sled to use while safely cutting the cutting board parts. The wedge piece of MDF to the right of the blade has two rare earth magnets recessed and glued to its base. This wedge assures that the cutting board pieces fall away from the blade without kickback. Note that I used my yellow plastic feather board as my “stop” to assure consistent 7/8” wide strips. (The more consistent you stay with the width of these parts…the less you need to sand end grain later.)
Photo 3- Arrange all of the pieces so they line up as you cut them, and then finally tip each one up so you’re looking at the end grain.
Photo 4- Now flip every other part end-for-end.
Photo 5- I clamped the cutting board parts in sections. Much, much easier to deal with the parts moving around on you.
Photo 6- I laid out curves on the ends of the cutting board and then cut those curves on the band saw. Next, round all edges with a round-over router bit. And finally coat your new cutting board with your favorite “food safe” oil.
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