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Well do ur best to make sure wood is true and straight to begin with.....The best advise I can say is Lots of glue and As many clamps as possible. The more clamps the better. Even when u feel u have enough on there. If u have more and can fit them USE THEM.....Easier to never have it break then to repair. But if u must. I like the Saw dust and Glue mixture to fill holes... Try to use same color saw dust as the piece of wood the with the crack or gap....Save some Scraps till ur done with project.Also Beeswax works well also. I just like the way coconut oil smells. And its not too greasy when its absorbed.
Ive been making cutting boards for years....I use organic Coconut oil. Microwave a bit till its liquid. Then rub it in good with paper towel....Let it sit over night so it can absorb the rest. Wipe off excess in morning. Food safe, and doesnt leave a bad taste on the food ur cutting. Also use a lemon and Coarse salt to scrub the top. removes odors and cleans... I use a rough steelwool after years of use and then coat with coconut oil. If it needs some freshening up....Sometimes I will bust out the sanders and make them look good as new....But I always make mine at least 2 inch thick so even after years of sanding its still a nice heavy thick cutting board. Just an idea if u want to make a cool counter top piece that will be out all year round.
If u find a tree thats quite large and dead for a while, The middle could be hollowed out already?? I've never tried it. Just saw one the other day picking up some free Firewood and thought to myself, WOW that would make a cool Canoe one day...LOL Not sure how it would work.
Thank you.....knife looks awesome...
I was curious about the pin.... How does that stay in place? Does it just hold in place with the glue?
THANK YOU,,,,,,Ive been wanting to get into this for a while....But didnt know where to start.....This was perfect.