Introduction: Cutting Board (with Breadboard Ends)
This cutting board is made from cherry and walnut. The striped section was done first. I started off with a small walnut board and after jointing the edge I ripped off 1" strips. The same thing was done with a small cherry board. They were then cross-cut to length (7-3/4"). I then made sure the grain direction was going the same way so I could plane downhill to the grain no matter what. I then brushed a generous amount of wood glue on the edges of the strips, lined them up so the color alternated, and finally put two bar clamps across. Once the glue was dry I hit the entire thing up with my jack plane. Although the first face I did was flat, I didn't keep I parallel to the other face. So I ended up taking about 1/4" off the original thickness, but by then I had made it dead flat. I then cut a tongue that went across the grain of the panel. This was done for each end of the panel. Then I cut a groove in the edges of two 3/4" thick x 1-1/2" wide. These were then glued onto the ends of the striped panel, then trimmed flush and rounded on the bandsaw. The breadboard ends were then planed flush. The entire thing was then sanded. After that I oiled the board and added non-skid feet on the bottom to keep it boosted off counter tops and keep moisture from contacting, preventing cracking.
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