|Project by harriw||posted 12-24-2013 02:13 AM||897 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
Been a while since I’ve really spent any quality time in the shop, but the Christmas season took care of that. This is for my sister-in-law, who I drew for our Secret Santa exchange this year. They entertain friends rather often, and I started this thinking of it as a “cheese board,” for putting out hor d’oeuvres, etc. I didn’t have nearly as much snipe as I’d planned for though, and couldn’t bring myself to chop off any more of that beautiful wood than I had to. It’s definitely not a “cutting board,” being all face grain, so I think it’s more of a serving tray or bread board. I made a template from .mdf to follow with a router pattern bit to cut the rounded ends and handle holes. It turned out nicely proportioned I think, so I’ll likely be using that template again in the future (I’ve actually used it again already).
The center is a piece of curly maple that followed me home from the lumber store (it was crazy cheap too), with purple-heart accents, and some cherry. Finished with mineral oil. Dimensions are 19.5” x 10.5” x 11/16”
This was my first time working with purple heart. Beautiful stuff (my wife really loves it), but boy does it burn easily! I had fun figuring out all the different color changes it goes through as the project progressed. It’d just get its “purple” back, and I’d be on to another milling stage that would bring it back to the dull brown/gray.
Also my first time working with curly maple. Much easier to work with than I expected – I’ll definitely be looking for more of it in the future. I though my little Delta planer would tear it apart, but it actually handled it very nicely. Is it just me or is the curly stuff bit softer than your typical hard maple? It felt more like walnut to me. Is that a trait of figured wood in general?
-- Bill - Western NY