This was at first a very challenging project as I foolishly thought that if I was careful, I could make this on a table saw and not have to plane the wood. It was right about that time I noticed a large box under the Christmas tree. My wife knew I wanted a 12" planer and that box was just about the right size. After wasting a day (and some wood) trying to plane the planks with a hand planer, I quit. Later that night (hoping that box was my planer) I complained (with much emotion) that I don't think I can make your moms gift without a proper planer. She looked at me and said "you know that box is a planer, stop pretending you don't know. Just open it and use it. I'll re-wrap the box so the kids won't catch on."
Big smile...project resumes.
Step 1: The Build.
Once I moved the planks all around until I had the pattern that appealed to me, I was ready to glue.
Step 2: The Glue.
Step 3: The Bloodline...
The bloodline was kind of tricky. I bought a small press board to make a jig to trace out the line for my router. I got lazy though and didn't want to mess around with trying to get that jig right. I laid a straight line clamp on measurements I marked and just did multiple passes with the rougher until I had the desired depth. I free handed the corners and cleaned everything up with sandpaper. Killed my fingers but looks awesome.
Step 4: The Feet and Final.
Using a forstner bit again I drilled four recessed pockets that would take a locking wood nut. I recessed the wood nut for two reasons.
One: looks better and you can't see how the feet are attached without actually screwing them out.
Two: if she didn't like the height of the board, she could unscrew the feet and cover the holes with rubber or felt discs.
I finished it with about 3 hours of progressive sanding (course to light) and three coats of boiled linseed oil then Georges Club House Bees Wax.
This is one of the most beautiful cutting boards I've ever seen. I almost didn't want to give it up. Now I have to make another one for us as my wife has requested one for our kitchen.