What I came home with, however, was a pile of black walnut moulding, the shortest piece of which was around four feet. He even threw in a cedar 2x6 and a handful of white oak trim moulding -- all for free.
So what on earth was I going to do with intricately profiled moulding? Make cutting boards, of course.
I started by ripping off the flat portions of the moulding on the table saw. I ended up with stock measuring about one to 1 1/2 inches in width. After cutting the strips to more manageable lengths, I threw them onto the crosscut sled and cut a few dozen 11-inch blanks.
|Blanks arranged into groups before gluing.|
|After rough planing and sanding|
I sanded the boards further using 100, 150, and 220 grits, achieving quite a smooth surface, then hit the edges with a 1/2" roundover bit in the router.
After softening all the edges and corners, I slathered all five boards with three coats of mineral oil.
On Christmas Eve. We wrapped them in paper towels the next morning.
All in all, I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out, and I'm planning on turning the rest of that pile of black walnut into even more cutting boards...hopefully in time for next Christmas...