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Yes I know they have been done, but I wanted to add it to my projects page anyways. Sorry! Walnut and hard maple, made as a birthday present for my dear mother. Thanks obviously to Marc for the design and the instruction.
Since these have been done a hundred times, I’ll add in my learning experiences. The first cutting board I made for my wife ended up about half this size – because I neglected to account for planer snipe and had to trim a bunch off. This time around I made sure to account for snipe in my original cut lengths, and then opt to belt / RO sand the final glue up instead of sending it through the planer. It takes a loooong time! Man, a drum sander would be a nice addition to the tool set!
Second learning experience – if you forget to cap your glue, boy does it set up fast the next day! On a related note, anyone have any tips for clearing out a GluBot of some half-set glue? It set up so fast that I had a really difficult time aligning the stripes once the faces were pressed together.
Last, and this would have helped with stripe alignment in the final glue up, I should have prepared some cauls to hold all of the pieces in alignment widthwise on the final glue up. I had some to keep it flat, but not square. This resulted in several compounding minor misalignments in the final piece – so much so that the top and bottom rows are about 1/8 in off on the ends when I trimmed the board square. You can’t really tell unless you’re looking for it. I opted not to point it out to my mother.
Finish was several coats of mineral oil. -Oh, one last learning experience! Be sure to plan for a few days between applying the last mineral oil coat and the giving of the gift! Mine was still weeping oil slightly when you’d touch it, despite sitting in my shop in front of a fan and heading out several times the day before to give it several buffings. My last oiling was probably about 36 hours before it had to be wrapped up and we headed out to see her. It wasn’t soaking wet, but where you’d run your hand on it, little streaks of oil would appear.
Thanks for looking, have a great day!
-- Dan :: Minnesota