Imgur user, ztrobbins, decided to take on his first woodworking project. And, the finish product was going to be a gift for his wife. He had chosen one of the hardest projects as his first project in my humble opinion, but the result is brilliant and I would love to be the recipient of the gift!
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First, he hit the lumber yard to find the wood that he wanted.
He picked out his boards: hard maple, cherry and walnut for a grand total of approximately $80.
Time to get working. After cutting the maple panels to rough length, milling, rip cutting and flipping to expose the edge grain, he glued up the maple panels face grain to face grain.
After gluing them up, they were still looking pretty rough. He got better with each one for sure. Practice makes perfect!
He just glued up the maple-cherry-maple panel. Since he didn’t have any special clamps to apply the needed pressure on the panel, he decided to just throw some heavy tools on it.
Now he glued up the maple-walnut-maple panel. Again, with some random tools to apply the needed pressure.
He cut those panels at 60 degrees exactly. The pattern’s looking quite nice, don’t you think?
Then he squared up those pieces and cut off the angled edges.
Can definitely see it come together now! He said it himself, “A miracle!”
Applying more glue to hold the pieces together. There’s a lot of glue in this thing.
Now he had some clean and flat panels.
Then, he cross cut the panels to 1.75” thick. Can you guess what he’s trying to make?
After the cutting process, he laid them out with the end grain up. So pretty looking!
Then he flipped every other piece 180 degrees across the X axis, and voila!
He flattened it with his freshly made router jig and rails.
He’s almost there! He flattened, sanded (to 1500), chamfered around the edges, and applied one coat of mineral oil (so far).
He finished it with four coats of mineral oil and a final coat of diluted bee wax.
These are the gorgeous pictures of the final product — the end grain cutting board made out of maple, cherry and walnut!
Couple closed up pictures of the end grain and how the 3D effect came together.
He said, “Oddly, my favorite part of the board is the side.”
Gorgeous handmade gift wrapped up and totally ready for presentation! I bet his wife loved it!
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