|Project by arudson||posted 11-10-2012 10:57 PM||2398 views||18 times favorited||15 comments|
I am probably without the most important piece of equipment in my workshop – a wood burning stove. Because of this and the high cost of wood, I pretty much save any scrap of wood or cut-off that could possibly have a future use. Every now and again I need to lighten the scarp pile by coming up with a project to make use of these odd pieces. This year’s project was making these Gourmet Cutting Boards.
Nine species of wood are used in these boards; Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Ash, Red Oak, White Oak, Purple Heart, Yellow Heart and Padouk. Most of the material was from my collection of left over pieces but about 20% was new stock where I didn’t have the correct species/size/quality in my scrap bin. This was particularly true of Yellow Heart and Padouk which are relatively new species to me.
Like most end grain cutting boards, these boards started out as edge or flat grain planks. I made four planks of different arrangements. The shortest was just 10” long making use of my very short scraps and the longest 18”. Each plank was about 12.5” wide (to fit my planer) and a bit under 1.75” thick after planing. After crosscutting 1.8” strips, the four planks gave enough strips for three large boards and one small one. Each cutting board has a different arrangement as each strip could allowed four different orientations by flipping end for end and rotating along the long axis (mirror image). I actually numbered the strip alignment options (1 through 16 : 4 source boards x 4 orientations per strip) and I then used a random number generator to identify the initial placement. I made a few adjustments but tried to keep the pattern random and unmanaged.
The juice groove and arced shape was done on my CNC machine just as I did on my Kody Boards. I did a different finger groove which I think looks better on thicker boards. Edges were rounded and lots of sanding to 320 grit, then several treatments with mineral and a final 24-hour treatment of a beeswax-mineral oil paste which I make myself.
Using my scraps I made three full size boards with juice grooves and one smaller board without a juice groove. The large boards measure 12” x 16” by 1.75” and one small one 7.75” x 11.75” x 1.75”.
Down in the bottom of my bin I came upon some small strips left over from some Dewoodworking boards that I made about 2.5 years ago. I tried to arrange these strips in a pleasing design and glued up a small board 8” x 12.25” x 1.5” that I worked on as I made the Gourmet Boards.
Sometimes I really wish I had a wood burning stove but other times, like now, I’m really glad I don’t.