|Project by nwbusa||posted 10-19-2012 10:05 PM||1942 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
It occurred to me that as a novice woodworker, I had not yet completed a rite of passage—making a cutting board. So, here’s the very first one I’ve ever made. This was a fun, quick project. It’s made from hard maple, cherry, and roasted western maple (which, if you’ve never worked with “thermally modified” wood, is pretty interesting stuff).
The cutting board is approximately 16” x 12” x 1.25”. I was working on it late last night and didn’t want to fire up the noisy planer to flatten it, so I broke out the hand planes. Shavings a-plently ensued:
Rookie mistake made: When I did the glue up, I didn’t pay attention to grain direction, so I was worried I might get some tearout when I went to plane it. I mitigated the risk by using a high angle blade in the jack and then jointer planes (62 degree cutting angle) with a sharp iron and it worked great, with no tearout. Gave me a workout though!
Sanded to 220 and finished with mineral oil. I’m pretty pleased with the results, and will probably make a few more for Christmas gifts this year.
Thanks for looking!
-- John, BC, Canada