|Project by Arcola60||posted 03-28-2013 08:14 AM||1048 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
This is my first post of some end grain chopping boards that I made. It started with a 150-200 year old
pecan tree we harvested from My dad’s yard. We could not get an accurate age due to termites and
decay in the center of the tree. My father passed away, but he was able to see the slabs we cut.
I was able to get a 6” thick slab of pecan for a table after we cut up the good stuff. It was too big and
heavy for a table. So I decided to make the family some chopping boards, so we could all have a special
memory of him.
Then I thought I should make some before I use the pecan. So I started to buy some different hardwoods
and make some boards. Well I have enough wood to make about 16 boards right now. They came out better than I expected.
Before I make any more boards I will make a V-drum sander, to cut down on the wonderful task of sanding
end grain. We all love that process! I have all of the material waiting for me to just do it.
I would like to thank all of you who post your creations. It is truly an inspiration to me. I have learned so much.
Two of the pictures are ready for the mineral oil coating. The rest are finished.
I used a router sled to flatten the end grain, based on “The Wood Whisperer” design. I made a raised platform
and clamped it to my work bench. I mounted a Lexan sheet to it, leveled it and I can use double sided tape to
hold the boards in place. I can also plane short boards that will not make it through the planer.
The smaller boards were made of Claro walnut,sycamore,tineo, osage orange, and purpleheart. The larger board
was a kit From Woodcraft. it worked well, but all of the pieces are about the same size.