It’s not like I spend all day watching Hallmark movies…
I have been working on things. Twitter conversations, researching big ideas, visiting a few places. Naps. I need to get after reading more of my books and more detail on my Mobile #MakerSpace research. And more woodworking.
I do have several cutting boards in process. I decided to buy a small router table for several reasons, one was so that I could route the juice track in a “larger” board. My CNC router machine only does 12” x 13” , which is an okay size. I wanted to try a bit bigger, so I made some 12” x 15” for Christmas presents.
The hardest part is setting up stops for the beginning and end of the track : measuring carefully with the combination square and affixing pieces of wood as stops. You need to check after running it across the router that you got a nice even track. The router bit wants to push up on the board, so you have to keep a good down pressure, and a pretty smooth/even push to the left. The tracks came out okay. I could have been better at lining up the second set of tracks so they met perfectly in the end of the first tracks. But this might be because each board is not exactly the same size. A quarter inch is size also makes the tracks a quarter inch different. Also there was a little burning of the wood in the ends, but that is just additional character.
My sister-in-law wanted a small “block O” board for her boss. That was just a matter of getting an image into the CNC software and converting a couple of the block O lines into vectors. I am still a little wary of my CNC because of the depth problem it was having this summer (sometimes forgetting where z=0 was). But they came out good, even though one did not end up perfectly centered.
Here is a video talking about using the router table to cut juice track :
Sometimes I use the edge grain as the top/bottom of the board, sometimes I use face grain. Gum cherry has a really nice face that I want to show off.