Hi all. I am about to take the plunge and start working on a project. I am hoping to get some guidance on making a cutting board/serving tray. Im thinking if i can make these, i will be able to fishish them with some pyrography artwork in one of the corners/edges to give it a real original look and blend a handmade piece of a cutting board with some creative art. I have been reading through a lot of helpful posts here on the forum that have helped me get some info on what I want to do but i have a few questions before I proceed.
All of my current tools are from my grandfathers old collection. I have a table belt and disc sander, random orbital sander, circular saw, and a variety of hand tools. What is the 1 power tool that i would most need for this type of project?
Table saw? Can i get by with just my circular saw?
Planer? Is this just nice to have or will this be necessary?
Both? I have a small budhet to add one of these if necessary. But was hoping to work with what i have as much as possible to learn beofre spending money on more tools.
Also, where does eveeyone source their woods? Is there a good online store or do most people find somewhere local. Im in New Hampshire so i dont think it should be too difficlut to find someone local but i wasnt sure if there was a perferred online shop.
Thanks in advance.
Firstly, the tools and machinery you need for any project depends on the level of your skill. More skill you have less sophisticated tools and machinery you need and vice versa.
Secondly, what material/wood are you going to start with. Obviously, if you going to start from lumber, you will need will need more machinery to cut and dress it, than if you are starting from material already dressed.
In my case, I have limited woodworking skills and need machinery to compensate for the lack of skill. Here is the machinery in my workshop, listed by order of importance:
1) Table saw - this is your workhorse and you can accomplish a lot with it if. I have 3.
2) Router - I have Triton, mounted on Triton table and use it on Triton table as shaper/moulder. I have two other routers that I occasionally use handheld.
3) Planer/ thicknesser - this is essential if you starting from lumber. If you starting from material already dressed you may get away without it.
4) Bandsaw - very useful but to make cutting boards you may get without it.
5) Scrollsaw - not essential for making cutting boards, I use it for more complicated projects.
6) Lathe - I have a metal lathe - combination lathe and milling machine. This is my luxury because I fancy myself as metalworker rather than woodworker - I was trained as the engineer.
I am attaching a few examples of cutting/serving boards I made with the above machinery: