So, last night I decided to try a practice run on making a cutting board. I had some 3/4 square oak pieces laying around and decided that would be good to "practice with. I know oak is not good for end grain boards and I do not plan on using it......this was just a practice run for me to see what issues I might run into when making them. I will leave these as long grain boards. I glued up two different boards. The first one is just all oak strips. The second one I added some walnut strips between each layer....just to be different.
The glue up process went ok however I do see a slight bow in the one that is just all oak, and I clamped them up to set over night.
So today I removed them from the clamps. I do see one piece that has a slight void along the strip. Maybe I can add glue to some sawdust and fill in???
The board that I added the walnut strips to needed the walnut strips shaved down as they were taller than the oak to start. I decided that this would be a good chance to try out the hand planes I got from Jim and Larry. First I tried the larger plane . It cut great but plugged up very quick. After cleaning it out a few times I switched to the smaller plane and it worked very well and I could keep planning and the shavings just floated out of it. Now I suppose it has to do with the angle of the blade and the job it is being used for. I'll have to do more research to learn more about these tools.
Anyway, all the walnut smoothed down real nice and now I think they are ready to run through the planner.
I learned that each piece must have smooth edges. This is not easy with only a bandsaw in my shop. Where in the world am I going to put a tablesaw.