|Project by paxorion||posted 07-28-2013 12:11 AM||1511 views||0 times favorited||1 comment|
Backstory: This year, I had the honor of being the best man for one of my best friends. Rather than just spending money on a present, I decided that a part of my gift to them would have a personal touch, and one that would have a very practical purpose for my friend and his new wife.
Project: This end grain cutting board project was done in parallel with a pizza peel, and was the first project I did using hardwood (hard maple and cherry), and rough-sawn lumber. I used the general plans of Mark Spagnolo’s end-grain cutting board, but used 4/4 material instead of 8/4. I milled the lumber to ~7/8” thick and edge jointed the pieces. Following the glue-up, I cleaned up the surface by running it through the surface planer, and sliced it into 1-3/8” strips. The strips were turned vertically to expose the end grain and alternated for the next glue-up (done in sections). Given that this was my first end grain cutting board project, I had a lot of cleanup to do with my #4 bench plane (from poor alignment during the glue-up). After sanding to 220 grit, I put the bride and groom’s initials and their anniversary date to the side of cutting board using a soldering iron before applying Howards Butcher Block Oil as a finish. At the time of these photos, about ~8 coats of butcher block oil had been applied.