Sunday, January 25, 2009

Solid Maple Cutting Boards

This project is an order for two heavy duty cutting boards that pull out of the cabinet. They will be made out of hard Maple, with rounded edges and finger groves on the ends. Once completed these boards will be heading to their new home in San Bernardino, CA.

The biggest board will be 20 7/8 inch wide x 23 inches long and 1 full inch thick. The second board will be 15 7/8 inches wide x 23 inches long.

This photo shows the width of the board being initially glued up. The strips of wood are to ensure everything stay flat.


Another view of glueup. Once glue is applied I let it cure for at least 24 hours before removing clamps.



This is the look after clamps came off, not pretty but nice and level. Now time to square up and glue up the end pieces.



Getting ready to glue up biscuits in end pieces.
The breadboard ends work well to keep the board flat.





Biscuits and bread board ends have now been glued and clamped.







Another view of the clamps. Once again it has to sit for at least 24 hours before removal of clamps.




This allows me to get a strong bond between the woods being glued.


The glue has dried and the clamps have been removed. Now the scraping and sanding process begins.


Still not a pretty picture yet although I can tell by looking close that it will have a very nice grain pattern and is going to turn out very nice.

Once surfaces are sanded and smooth and the routing of the edges and grooves are done, several coats of a food grade mineral oil will be applied.

The second board will be started soon. It is exactly the same except for the size of the board. I will post photos once it is in progress.


For more information about ordering your own custom board go to:
http://www.splinterswoodworks.com/
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