Bought a nice board of quarter-sawn white oak and made this cutting board for my niece. Those medullary rays are “really smiling up at me” when I get it in the right light. It’s 12″ x 16″ and just under 3/4″ thick. That made the mortise walls just under 3/16″ thick – I was a bit worried about that when driving the drawbore pegs, but no problems.
Very happy with this project. The joints are tight and the wood is beautiful. I learned a lesson about sanding with silicon carbide paper, though. The open grained oak collected lots of carbide dust and I ended up having to re-plane and re-scrape the whole thing to remove it. Then re-sanded with some aluminum oxide paper and had no problems. Finished with two coats of mineral oil.
I also had success for the first time with my #80 cabinet scraper. After reading some recent blog posts by Ralph Boumenot (http://accidentalwoodworker.blogspot.com) about sharpening and setting the iron, I resharpened my iron and finally (finally!!) got good shavings, as seen in one of the pictures.
Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/