Today’s project is a cutting board shaped like Taiwan. Not the most ergonomic shape, but it was the current request.
I have a pile of hard maple and my friend gave me some unidentified red colored wood for a stripe in the center. After planing down the wood, I believe it to be Honduran mahogany.
After I ripped the boards to the desired size, I planed and jointed them.
I am using Titebond II outdoor rated wood glue to assemble the boards. Since the cutting board will get washed often, you need a glue that will hold up to water.
I clamped the boards together and let them set up while I grabbed dinner. Once they sat long enough, (about an hour) I planed the composite board down to about 7/8″ thick.
I created a program for my CNC router and ran it. Each board takes nearly an hour to cut out. I even had it rout a small chamfer on the top side.
I left three small tabs holding the board together for the carve. I cut them and filed down the nubs. Next I clamped the boards in a vise and ran my buff sander over them to remove all of the fuzzy bits that the carver left behind.
Here is what they look like complete.
Next step will be to apply about three coats of mineral oil, and my friend will have some fully functional cutting boards.