|Project by darkone||posted 09-14-2013 07:22 PM||1268 views||3 times favorited||7 comments|
This is the forth cutting board I have made and by far took the most work. This board is made of end-grain Hickory and Hard Maple and is about 16” x 18”.
This board started out much thicker and I got a little careless during the glue-ups and the strips weren’t very level. I figured it wouldn’t be too bad leveling everything…but it was. I used my jack plane and was having a really hard time (didn’t have a very sharp blade) and I also tried leveling with a large router bit and a sled. This caused a lot of tear out and still didn’t leave it very level (I probably need to build a better sled). Finally, I got a sharp blade in my jack plane and just went at it for a while. Got a few blisters but eventually got it pretty flat and looking pretty good. This is the best reminder for taking a little more care in the preparation when using 2 of the hardest domestic woods.
I tried another new method for the handholds using a dado blade and slowly lifting the blade into the clamped board. I really liked this method as is was very fast and left a good finish.
Finished it with some Howard Butcher Block Oil.
Thanks for looking,