|Project by Maximillian||posted 11-10-2012 07:10 AM||2202 views||23 times favorited||20 comments|
Hi everyone, here’s my latest amateur project.
I followed the instructions of Mark Spagnall on the Wood Whisperer site in the making of the end-grain part. The rest is my innovation.
Mark makes making the end grain block so easy. I found it very challenging. Despite following his recommendations for cutting the blocks on a table saw and then gluing up, my block was not very even and I spent several hours with a belt sander to eventually smooth it down. I used Pink Birch for the end grain and man is it hard to sand. I think that if I make another cheese board I won’t worry about using end-grain as a cheese knife is unlikely to damage side grain to any great extent.
The last photo is the template I used to rout the curved sides and ends. I struggled with how to make the template, as I couldn’t find anything on-line. In the end I drew it in Sketchup and got my local bookshop to laser cut a piece of MDF – Much easier than cutting and sanding (I don’t have a bandsaw so I roughed out the curve using a lot of backsaw cuts and then used the template on my router table). My home-made logo was also laser-etched into the end piece.
I would appreciate any advice on the following:
1. easier ways of smoothing out end-grain boards. Even though I used a stop block on my table saw, each row of blocks was not identical. I understand that it is not a good idea to put end-grain through a thickness planer
2. I used a 1/2 inch router bit with guide following bearing. This did a good job of smoothing the sides on the “down” side of the curves but didn’t do such a good job on the “climb side. I had to use 60 grit sandpaper to smooth it out. Any idea on how I can avoid having to sand?
3. I note everyone uses “mineral oil”. Here in New Zealand, I have been unable to find anyone who knows what this is. In the end I used Rustins Woodworking oil, which is very expensive. Is mineral oil known by any other name? I imagine car engine oil is “mineral oil”, but I don’t think I will be using that anytime soon.
As a novice all advice would be gratefully received.
-- Max, New Zealand