I have been annoyed with it for some time, as it is ugly and looks like it is about to fall apart. Not to mention that there are lots of little openings on it that are great places for bacteria to hide.
Heading out to the shop to make a cutting board on purpose seems to me like I should really be spending my efforts doing something more productive, so there this thing sits, mocking me every time I walk in the kitchen.
Enough, crappy cutting board! You will mock me no longer. It's my turn to mock you!
At least, perhaps make a point about how to glue up panels and choose lumber for a project.
|Pretty much all we use this for is for cutting bread.|
|Closer view of the delaminating.|
Actually, I am absolutely sure they didn't.
I'm not sure what kind of wood this is, but the grain is fairly clear and distinctive. Some of the pieces are quartersawn, some flatsawn, some of them have relatively straight grain, and the big piece in the middle has the grain going at a significant angle (called run-out).
Note to self: don't do that.
When I glue up a panel, nowadays I normally try to line up the grain at the glue lines so it is not so obvious there really is a glue line there. Spending the time to match nice even grain and color from one stick to the next really pays off in the looks of a project.
But, there's more: Not only is this a no-no from a design perspective - It also can affect the strength and stability of a project.
"Come on, Brian, It's just a stupid cutting board!"
I hear you, but bear with me. This thing hardly will sit flat on the countertop. Check out this photo along the end:
|Not so straight any more.|
|Probably a 1/8" lip here at the end.|
|Run-out on the edge, too.|
With this in mind, I am determined to get rid of this old eyesore. Next time I'm in the shop, I will take the extra few minutes to make a new cutting board. No matter what I come up with, it has to be better than this one.