|Project by RusticElements||posted 05-20-2008 06:24 PM||1732 views||5 times favorited||16 comments|
Some of you may remember the deal I got a while back on a few boxes of scrap wood. Well, here’s the beginnings of making use of them.
I decided to start by making a few end grain cutting boards and a spatula. Here’s how I made the boards. Any of you can chime in here if you are more experienced with doing this (not hard) and wish to mention a different procedure.
I started by gluing a bunch of pieces of similar length and width together:
Once these were dry I ran them through the thickness planer just to make them even on both sides. I had a heck of a time with these sandwiches falling apart where the darkest wood is. I don’t know what it is but it is VERY dense and wouldn’t take the glue.
Then I glued several of them together. My band saw will only cut 5.5” high so I had to make 2 blocks. I don’t have clamps that would clamp the center of the block so I used some of the hardwood scraps to distribute the pressure.
I set the band saw to 1” and ran the blocks through. The goal is to end up with ~7/8”. You can see what’s left of the blocks in the foreground.
These where then glued together to make the boards. I only have enough clamps for 3 so you’ll see 2 dry ones on the top of the pile. I ended up with 5 all together :). I added the reddish strips to help stabilize the structure due to the dark wood not taking glue well.
Once dry they were sanded and trimmed to get what you see at the top of the page. All 5 are the same,except for the wavy edge trimming. 11 5/8” X 8 1/2” X 7/8”. The finish is Rustic Element Orange Wax.
The spatula is 16 3/4” long with the flat being 3 1/2” X 4 1/2”. The peg at the joint does have structural value but it’s not really needed – just decoration. The finish is Rustic Element Orange Wax.
I have no idea what these woods are as I am not an expert. I think the 2nd darkest is walnut, the large light ones are white oak, and the small white ones are maple. The rest I have no idea. If any of you do, let me know.
-- Michael R. Harvey - Brewster, NY - RusticElementArt.com - SpaceAware.org - AnConn.com