|Project by justgrif||posted 12-05-2013 06:20 PM||1555 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
If you’ve seen my teak stool project, you might have read that a friend gave me a load of reclaimed teak that he had been sitting on for a couple years. I used it to make a stool, a dog dish holder and a couple small cutting boards. My friend is an avid BBQ guy and mentioned that he needed something sizable to cut pulled pork on, so I made this fairly massive board for him as a thank you gift for the wood. I don’t remember the specific dimensions, but it’s somewhere in the neighborhood of 14” X 20” by 1.75” thick. I cut some generous juice grooves as well as a trench in one end.
I also sanded a very very slight incline away from the center to encourage liquid to flow to the outside edges when it’s sitting flat. Alternatively, there is a dovetail-shaped wedge that fits into a matched handle on the outside that creates an incline for the board if desired.
Teak is tricky to glue-up so I wiped each glue surface with mineral spirits just before applying Titebond III. I neglected this treatment in another board I made for my kitchen and it started to fall apart after a couple months of use. My friend’s board is still going strong. After glue-up, I sanded the surface up to 600 grit and applied three coats of food safe mineral oil.
In the end, he was grateful for the gift. So much so that he gave me another armload of teak! I am saving that for a Danish Modern coffee table project somewhere down the road, after I get a little better at a few techniques.