Router Jig Question
Gents (and ladies),
I just made a few cutting boards a la the Wood Whisperer--end-grain checkerboard patterns that, considering it's my first real project, look pretty nice. On two of them, the glue-up didn't go so well and now I'm stuck with a board that needs some serious leveling/planing.
Not wanting to break the board, myself, or especially the planer, I didn't want to run it through my Craftsman--despite it being fairly capable. My attempts with a hand plane were alright but would have taken a while to complete. I elected to build a router sled jig with a double-flute straight bit and just smooth it out.
Amazingly the jig worked--the board is as flat as can be. However, the board is considerably marked up. I just moved the router back and forth (left to right) along the board and you can see a zig-zag pattern in it. It isn't burned or anything, and there were a few spots where I stumbled and the router took a little more bite out of it--but just in general it looks like a mowed lawn with alternating color patterns where I switched directions. Before it wasn't flat but it looked much cleaner/nicer.
What's the solution for this? Should I slow the bit down? I think I was on setting 4 out of 6--so not super fast (it's a Freud 2000E). I didn't take very much off and I didn't rush or linger...moved along at a deliberate but steady pace. Does it have to do with climb cuts/the direction the bit is spinning? I feel like the times I went left to right on the board instead of right to left looked better. Before I rout another board, I'd like to figure this out.
And yes, I took my ROS to it with 60 grit, even, to try and make the color contrast diminish--no luck. As such it's flat and smooth but kind of discolored. Any ideas? I might try going over it again tomorrow and only move the router left to right--it will take longer but if that's what it takes, I'll do it. Any advice is welcome and appreciated!