From Rough Cut Walnut to a Cutting Block
Hey all -
I have a 8/4 x 8" x 9' walnut board (see attached image).
Moisture content is ~ 5% according to the reader that was having a hard time getting into that walnut.
I'd like to get around a 24x20 end-grain cutting block out of it, as a Christmas gift for the wife.
Looking at around 1 1/2" thickness or a bit more depending on my craftsmanship.
I'm thinking this should be the process, but PLEASE step in if I'm off!
For tools, I have an old ShopFox 6" jointer & 13" Ryobi Planer + table saw, chop saw etc.
Step 1: find a drum sander for later ... because, you know. End Grain.
Other steps ...
Cut the board into 3x 30in sections
Square up the lumber (maybe 7 3/4 at that point).
I'm thinking I'll have to use the table saw. Is 30" of 8/4 walnut too much to slide across that small Shop Fox?
Cut it down the middle (~ 3 5/8 on each section)
Joint out any cups, etc.
Rip to 1 3/4" sticks ... 4 per ~7 3/4" wide, 30" section. This may get me to around 21" wide.
Plane the sticks
Now, can I stop here for a day or 3? Or must I move right to glue-up?
Is there a problem if I do stop? Do I need to clamp everything together?
Glue board faces together showing edge grain
crosscut the board every ~ 1 3/4"
Flip boards to get end grain boards around to get a grain mixture
Drum sand again
Route and hand sand, mist water spray, sand & oil.
Did I miss anything? Is anything wayyyy off ... like my math? Or thought process?
Thanks for reading!