Spring Project #1

Gonna start with the easy stuff.  When you spend a lot of time in less than 100 sq. ft., it’s good when ‘things’ has several uses.  The cover on the sink is matching, and is used as extra counter space … but …

... matches and adds working space ...
… matches and adds working space …
... and can be additional counter-top to rest things ...
… and it can be extra counter-top to rest things …

… but it could be more functional.  How about a working area to make pasta, roll out stuff, carve things.  Time to talk to Don, an amazing friend and woodworking genius!

Pick out some hardwoods, he says.
Pick out some hardwoods, he says.

We (he) select and cuts padouk, cherry and European beech-wood.  Padouk is a bright red and very tough wood from Africa.  It looks like rosewood, but is stronger – ya see it in guitars a lot.  It will darken as time goes on.  European beech-wood is a short grained wood that resists compression and splitting – and has a contrasting light color.  The choice of cherry adds that beautiful red/brown color.  Well, we have to get them to the same thickness … 3/4 inch.  Well, Don has a tool for that.

A planer ... keep feeding it through until you get the thickness you want.
A planer … keep feeding it through until you get the thickness you want.

And get the edges evened off …

Yup, there's a tool for that too.
Yup, there’s a tool for that too.

Then its design time.  After some thought, some drawing, and breakfast, we (he) cuts.

Don has done this many times ... an artist in wood.
Don has done this many times … an artist in wood.

Fit it together … hmmm.  What d’ya think?

Mark the places for 'biscuits' ...
Mark the places for ‘biscuits’ …

… then cut the slots.  The biscuits and glue will hold everything solid through the years.

Biscuits are on the right ... fit 'em in.
Biscuits are on the right … fit ’em in.

Fitted and glued.  Time to clamp them up, and place it in front of the fire to set.

Squeeze 'em together ...
Squeeze ’em together …
... and clamp 'em flat.
… and clamp ’em flat.

Then, of course, it’s time for lunch … and to feed the chickens and turkeys.  This is living indeed!

Fresh cabbage is a treat!
Fresh cabbage is a treat!

I need to remember to pick up some farm fresh eggs!!  Back to work for now, though.

Get the belt sander out and make it smooth ...
Get the belt sander out and make it smooth …
Then finish it with ever finer sandpaper.
Then finish it with ever finer sandpaper.

Add the back, trim the edges, and its starting to look really good!

Now this is a board to make pasta on!
Now this is a board to make pasta on!

Finishing touches to do … rout a ‘drip catch’ around the edge, oil it up … then see how it looks.

Yup ... more useful, and pretty too!
Yup … more useful, and pretty too!
More solid as well!
More solid as well!

The woods are cherry, padouk, beech.  This was a good Spring project to start with!

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