That is an impressive undertaking. Looking forward to the finished results. I've done one 18x18x2 and that was a haul. Good luck.
This is a wedding gift for a man who hunts deer and other large game and my understanding is that they wanted to give him a cutting board large enough to throw a very large piece of meat on the board without anything hanging off the edges. I guess this will do it! :grin:Doing sides of beef these days? That's massive for a cutting board. Any particular reason for that size? Looks like it will be a winner when finished which I'm looking forward to. I've yet to do one of these but will one day soon......maybe.
I'll use the drum sander. For one thing this board is wider than my planer but the bigger reason is that it's end grain and my planer has straight knives. My friend with the cabinet shop has a 24" planer with Shelix cutterhead and he said I could use that but since my drum sander is the SuperMax 19/38 this board at 18" wide will go through just fine. It would definitely be quicker with a planer but by the time I load it up and go to his shop to use the planer and then drive back I can be finished.A side note: I ran mine through my planer. Brand new blades, very small increments. I got a little tear out on the back end but I cut that portion off. Next time I would glue a sacrificial piece of wood to that end.
Fortunately, he's only about 30 minutes from me and he'll pick it up at the laser shop after they do the family crest, so no huge shipping cost. Yes, it's a bit of a workout. The two biggest issues are to remember to set it down gently on the drum sander so I don't knock the extension tables out of registration and to be careful picking it up - the edges are very sharp and if my hand slips it will result in a decent slicing of my hands, of that I am certain. And the third of the two issues is that I need to make certain that my fingers aren't under it when I set it on the bench! :surprise:Engrained cutting boards are very time-consuming. I agree! I try to stay away from jobs like that but I did inlay one I got from the guy I did inlays for, to give as a wedding present to a Granddaughter when she got married.
Of course, that led to questions from all the daughters, to when they will get theirs. And, if I do one for each of them I'll need to do one for any of the other grand kids that get married.
I guess I need to get busy.
Great start on the cutting board David. I would hate to think about how much that would cost to mail. Moving and lifting that 32 pounds while working on that board should give you plenty of exercise.
VoE right there - LOL! This hard Maple with crisp cut edges is very sharp and has already gotten me a couple of times, especially given the size and weight. Each time I flip it over there's another opportunity for it to cut or scratch.I guaranty you those big cutting boards are capable of giving you a good, or is that bad cut, if they are picked up wrong. Is that why they are called "Cutting Boards"?