|Project by robscastle||posted 12-22-2012 11:47 PM||1310 views||1 time favorited||11 comments|
After seeing all the nice cutting boards displayed on LJs I thought I had better get to do some work and make one myself.
Bad move, What a distaster WAD!
Its so hot in Brisabane at the moment I have been tidying up and doing maintenance, and I guess you can only polish and preserve cast Iron surfaces so many times.
Anyway back to the project, if you could call it that, well I found some short pieces of Camphor Laurel I had “saved for something”.
So I decided to cut them up to make a cutting board.
I cut the timber into many blocks at 30 deg and 28mm x 28mm.
Sanded off all the rough edges and layed them out in a pattern (of sorts)
I them glued them together with a brush and Titebond III
Mistake No 1
I got glue everywhere and on everything
Question 1. How do you apply the glue without the mess?
Mistake No 2
Once I had them all glued together I didnt know how to clamp them up
Being odd shapes the more pressure I applied the more they moved off position. So I just left them to dry.
Question 2. What type of clamps are used, and how do you clamp up a project such as this?
Once the glue was set I surfaced both sides and had a good look at the layout
Mistake No 3
I see some of the pieces have been inserted with the grain alignment mismatched
Question No 3 When conducting dry alignments is there any convention to matching the blocks? end grain to end grain or edge grain to end grain?
I think this error was introduced as a result of me inverting the blocks to remove defects to the rear surface and not realising the added errorthat I had introduced
Overall the project didnt look too bad for a first attempt but was not what I could class as saleable.
Mistake No 4
I decided to coat the top surface with West System epoxy 105 and 205.
All went well until I noticed air bubbles everywhere!
WAD! I thought, and whipped out the trusty hot air gun and managed to pop them.
All looked good so I left the project to set overnight, 5 to 6 hours set time.
Next morning I awoke and raced downstairs to check my work to my horror I saw that I now had small bubbles set in the epoxy everywhere!
Question No 4 How do you effectively remove the air bubbles and prevent them re occuring?
I am going to sand it off in a few days and then recoat it to attempt to produce a good surface finish, if only for the experience, then who knows what, may be a border to finish it off. Then keep it as an example of :- “How not to do it”.
Opps just realised its not finished so may get deleted!!
-- Regards Robert