|Project by chevybowtieguy||posted 01-17-2014 07:40 AM||1399 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
Here is my first attempt at anything remotely close to being considered fine woodworking. You will all recognize this as Steve Ramsey’s cutting board. I am fairly happy with the finished product, however I did learn some very valuable lessons with this project.
1. A planer is invaluable. I will be purchasing one in the hopefully not too distant future.
2. Quality clamps are a necessity.
3. 75% of my time is now going to be consumed by sanding.
I was pretty excited when I scored some 60 year old milled slabs of black walnut and an unknown type of maple from a CL ad for a few bucks. I knew that my first project was going to be this cutting board for my wife. My first issue made itself visible during the first glue up. The need for a planer was apparent. The problem is, I don’t have a planer as of yet. But I do have a jointer. So I thought I would just pass all of the cut to width pieces over the jointer, glue them up, and then sand them even. That was a poor assumption. My sand was not uniform and I ended up with high/low spot throughout the glued up board. I made do as I could and for the most part it worked, however a planer would have definitely been the way to go.
My next two problems came during the second and final glue up. When I turned my planks on their sides to have the end grain pointing up, I discovered the true error in my sanding fix: I would need a lot of clamping pressure to hopefully fix the uneven sides to avoid gaps in the final surface. My current clamps are from Harbor Freight. They do well enough, but over this kind of distance, they bowed and therefore caused all of my slabs to bow with the clamp. I attempted to weight them down with some landscaping blocks. To no avail. There is a slight curve to the cutting board. I have billed this to my wife as an intended feature: to allow the juice to flow away from the cutting area. She called me out on that immediately.
I finished the board with mineral oil and will continue the seasoning process over the next week. I think it turned out well and am happy and proud to post it here as my first post. I am happy to now call myself a lumberjack and look forward to many more posted projects and conversations with you all.
-- - chevybowtieguy