|Project by ToddinNH||posted 12-24-2013 12:07 AM||3039 views||28 times favorited||19 comments|
Just finished applying the finish to a new cutting board. I finally attempted a basket weave design and I’m very happy with it. The idea came from quite a few different projects I looked at here on this site….thank you to everyone that shares these great projects.
I used hard maple, purple heart and walnut. This was certainly more challenging than the previous end grain boards I’ve done. The fun part for me was planning out all the cutting to ensure very precise consistent dimensions.
There’s almost no room for error with this type of design so it’s absolutely critical that all the pieces are square and the same size.
For my first glue-up I glued all the walnut strips to the maple. After they dried I ran them through the table saw and ripped about 1/32” off both faces. With the saw still set at the final width I ripped the purple heart. This ensured that the pieces were all the same width.
The 2nd glue-up was tough, I glued the entire board at once. If I make another I’ll slow things down and do a few pieces at a time as I’m sure it will be much easier that way.
Here’s a link to a drawing as well. http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Basket-Weave-Cutting-Board.pdf
And here’s a link to an article I wrote with step-by-step directions for any beginners looking for some tips. http://www.homeconstructionimprovement.com/basket-weave-cutting-board/
-- Todd, the Tool Man - http://www.toolboxbuzz.com