Going to fancy restaurants and all their fancy cutlery, dishware, and food presentation boards made me want to build my own.
I'm just kidding, I don't have the money for fancy restaurants. Just tools. Tools and food. Tools, food and coffee!
This is the first part of a second project that is coming up using this as its base, but I thought I would break this into 2 'structables.
1/2" by 1/2" cedar strips cut at different lengths. Mine came from a fence I was fixing in my backyard, but the whole yard long ones are like a dollar or so at the home depot.
Particle board to use as base
Nails (for templates);
Step 1: Cut Strips of Wood And...
Cut strips of your wood pieces and place them in a nice order.
Align them at the angle you want and pack them tightly.
On a scrap piece of wood, bigger than your final board, place nails at one of your ends.
Pack all of the strips tightly and put nails in the scrap wood (the white piece in the pictures) at the other end.
Step 2: Glue the Strips Together
Go and paint glue on each strip, on the sides that will be facing each other.
I painted the glue on bundles of 4 or 5 strips at a time, especially around the bundles where smaller pieces were joined together, so they would be easier to handle.
I let the bundles set a little before gluing the adjoining sides of each bundle to one another and placing them in between the retaining nails on the scrap board.
As I placed the bundles back on the template board, I made sure they were all aligned straight, on one side at least (pic with the level ruler).
Once all of the strips set together, I glued them to the particle board, set some weights on top of them,a dn let it sit overnight.
Step 3: Makeshift Table Saw
Once I figured out how to make my makeshift table saw, I cut the board as straight as possible, which in the end wasn't straight at all...
You can't tell in the pictures, but it's ok and looks good IMO anyways.
Seeing as this will be used in another project, I will leave the sanding and preparing to laquer for another day. Enjoy!