|Project by SPalm||posted 08-08-2012 12:27 AM||2324 views||6 times favorited||30 comments|
I had trouble naming this one. Here are some of the other naming possibilities that I debated:
Rounded Bottoms Tend to Fall Over
Nude on Horseback
Joe Got Tipsy as the Night Wore On
The Hot Sun Takes its Toll
Nameless: Artist Unknown
Sally Did Not Medal on the Balance Beam
One of my bucket list goals has been to create some boards that would be like stained glass windows or designs that would use different woods for the different pieces. This design is what I came up with for a test. And I have always wanted to try this kind of insert; kind of like inlay, kind of like intarsia, kind of like plug cutting. So I made a cutting board using my CNC. Standard routing jigs could have been used and maybe even been easier, but hey…
Through a bunch of trial and error I found that on my machine I need to cut the pockets .008 inches larger than the plugs. This creates enough of a gap to allow insertion of the plug along with the glue. Any tighter and I had to beat the plug in. The small red dots were cut on the drill press with a plug cutter. I had some problem with the big round plug in the sky; it was a bit too loose and had to be fixed with some extra glue. I think that the problem with that was with the fixture clamping – that blood wood is tough stuff.
The woods used are walnut, blood wood, cherry, and maple. The size is 16×12 inches and about 1 inch thick. It is sanded to 220 and finished with drug store mineral oil.
Still addicted to cutting boards,
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