|Project by BigDumbAnimal||posted 12-20-2013 03:14 AM||1188 views||3 times favorited||17 comments|
As the title implies, I have a whole new respect for you guys and gals who make these on a regular basis. I’ve seen the posts, added the projects to “my favorites”, read the blogs, and watched the videos on youtube. I finally convinced myself that these look easy enough and that I should make some for my parents and inlaws for Christmas.
I’m still not sure where exactly things started to go wrong. I know I goofed on the initial glue up and after rereading some of the material here I realized that I cut them to thickness and tried to glue up hockey pucks instead of sausages. Then there was some uneven clamping pressure on what turned out to not be a perfectly flat surface. I was deceived again in the assembly after the glue dried and I discovered that what looked like a perfectly tight joint on the up side of the board was anything but on the bottom side of the board.
In the end I spent more than a few painful evenings after work cutting and gluing little wedges into the gaps. Then without a thickness sander and not trusting my bench-top planer I flatted (again over a much extended period of time) both sides with el cheapo tiny belt sander.
Needless to say there were some serious lessons learned and again I have the utmost respect for you pros out there who made this look much easier than at least in my case it turned out to be.
I have to say that in the end my helper swooped in and saved the day with her exceptional finishing skills. She took genuine enjoyment from the initial hand rubbed mineral oil finish.
All in all I ended up with two cutting boards that turned out much better than I thought they would at the halfway point and that I can proudly place under their respective Christmas trees.
For those interested, the boards are made from cherry, maple, and walnut. They are about 15” x 14” x 1.5” and finished with two coats of pure mineral oil and another two coats of a home brewed mineral oil and beeswax combo (3:1).
Finally for anyone who’s considering trying these, I say go for it. If I can muddle my way through to a presentable product so can you.
-- Semper Fi BDA