|Project by derosa||posted 09-22-2012 12:39 PM||1016 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
The wife wanted a really big cutting board for the kitchen, after over a year of doing it in my spare time this was the result. The second pic shows our current kitchen cutting board in perspective, this new one measures 17×24x1.75 and was finished in mineral oil. There are handles cut into each narrow side which took a lot of effort since the board is friggin heavy and bigger then the router table and holding this long term trying to ease it onto the bit meant holding most of the weight at stomach level.
The woods are purpleheart, cherry, mahogany, apple, walnut and purpleheart in the thick rows and purpleheart, apple, walnut, cherry, oak, mahogany, and purpleheart in the thin strips. A lot of time was dedicated to the order of the strips and even the widths of the wood to create offsets between the thick and thin rows, the end pieces were selected to create a continuous wave pattern at each end. I tried hand jointing it but the board was so uneven and impossible to hold that attempting to joint it nearly tore the legs off my work table, most of the extra nails that held the legs on were popped out. So I ripped it in half and ran it through the planer leaving the middle thin strip slightly narrower. The woods are brighter then the pics make them out to be, lack of flash on the camera phone is the main issue. The wife is very happy with the end results.
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse