|Project by JoeinGa||posted 01-05-2013 09:57 PM||1765 views||0 times favorited||14 comments|
I’ve been making (and giving away) cutting boards for almost 3 years. I always thought I was doing a pretty good job (based on the comments from those I’ve given them to). But once I found this place I realized mine arent THAT special compared to some of the boards I’ve seen here.
I have used endgrain pieces a couple times back when I used a belt sander to do all the rough material removal, but it has mostly been just small strips for contrasting colors. And then it was only so i could use up a piece of cutoff from a larger piece. Then I found LJs and see what cutting boards should REALLY look like! And boy-HOWDY am I ever impressed!
So I spent the first 2 weeks here looking at all the cutting boards I could find, and reading about all your techniques. Then I finally decided to give it a go. I wanted to start simple so this one is just oak and poplar. I cut the slices about 2” thick and laid them out. The rough cuts gave me a vague idea of what the layout would look like, so I glued ‘em up and decided to (GASP) run it through my DW735 planer!
I took infinitessimally small cuts turning the board end-to-end and side to side with each pass, but it wasnt till I started the oiling process that I realized that the grain of the oak pretty much matches the grain of the poplar. The finished board is 11.5” square and just a skosh under 1.75” thick. And because it’s so much heavier than the boards I usually make, I decided to put a finger groove on each side so you can grab it easier to pick it up off the counter. All in all, I’m pretty darn pleased with the end results.
The last pic is another board I made while doing this one, it is made from 100% cut-off pieces from other boards I’ve made. This one is kinda out of the box for me, because I usually try to have the strips “balanced” by size and color. (My wife says I’m ANAL, but I like to think that I’m just paying attention to detail)
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