I made a Cherry and Maple cheese board! How did I do it? With a little help (okay a lot of help) from Maker 13. Do you know what a maker space is? I sort of explain it like this to my friends. It’s like the YMCA in that you become a member, where you can take classes and do fun stuff. After you take a class (for a fee) where you are taught a “skill”, then you can (as a member) go back to the space to use the machines you’ve been certified on. Today’s post is all about the cutting board class and woodshop 101 and 201.
I’m in Louisville Metro, and right across the river is Southern Indiana. Maker 13 is located in Jeffersonville Indiana. Angie, one of the employees reached out to me about doing an event for them. One thing lead to another, and now I’ve taken several classes. Do ya see my new truck? I’m still loving it so much!
These are some sample cutting boards that were made in a previous class.
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This is Roger, he was our instructor for this cutting board class. He is schooling us on the sliding compound miter saw. He is using a piece of cherry and maple on the saw to make them the same size.
Roger is helping Patty learn about the table saw. She had never used one before.
These are my two boards, already cut to match. I have used double stick tape to hold them together to cut on the band saw.
I don’t have a picture of me cutting mine, but you can see Donna free handing her taped boards on the band saw. Mark is patiently waiting for his turn. Their setup is quite sophisticated. You can see the dust collector. Each tool has a valve that is to be opened while you’re using the tool, allowing the dust to flow into the collector.
My boards are clamped in the foreground as you see Roger helping Patty get her boards clamped.
We cut out two boards, leaving one set behind for Maker 13 to use.
Roger used the pieces of my board for the example and showed us how to use the planer.
After the glue set up, we scraped the glue off with a paint scraper, then sent the cutting board through the planer to make the boards perfectly flush. A planer would definitely be on my wish list if I had room in my shop.
I asked Patty of Cherished Memories to take some pictures for me. I’m using the drill press to make a hole in my cutting board—which I guess is really more like a cheese board being that it’s so small.
I took the cheese board over to the disc/belt sander, but remember that Roger suggest cutting the corners off first using the band saw. (not shown)
After rounding the corners with the sander, it was time to router the edges. I have a router (table) but have rarely used a router like this. You can see the concentration on my face!
I was so proud of my cheese board! But what’s up with that hairdo?
We ran out of time, so I brought the cheeseboard home unfinished.
The cheese board needed some TLC and a few touch-ups. I burnt the edges a little on the sander at the shop, so I needed to fix them with my orbital sander.
The right corner after I cleaned it up a little.
I used a lot of sandpaper on this project, but wow! Isn’t it gorgeous? It’s smooth as a baby’s behind! It’s still not complete—I share it with you when I’m done. I’ve only made one cutting board before, you can see it in my post Tips for Using a Jigsaw | DIY Cutting Board
I never knew how to make a two-toned cutting board using two different species of wood. I know a few of you already knew how to do this, but it was news to me. Now that I’ve taken wood shop 101 and 201, I was able to take another class, shop bot—a CNC router class. More on that another time.
I highly recommend you looking into a maker space near you. If you’re local, you will definitely want to check out all the classes at Maker 13. I’ve only touched on the wood shop, but there is so much more.
disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post. I paid for this class.