Router and guide. Check the thread on Router Workshop.
If you plan ahead, you can use the templates you used to cut the irregular
shape to make the one for the blood groove, which, by the way is not
necessary for 99% of us. We buy meat in the market, and they've got a
little blood-absorbing minipad on the bottom of the container.
The Router Workshop guys are masters of the template and router guide. If
you cut your groove template from 1/4" ply, you can use it to make the
template for the irregularly shaped board.
For instance, free cut to make the shape of your board. Smooth and use it
with a 3/4 guide, 1/4" cutter to make a template for the board (1" larger
overall) which you will use with a pattern-routing bit to trim what you
rough on your bandsaw. Center up the first template with doublestick, take
a 3/8 guide and make the blood groove with your core box bit.
I thought a "blood groove" was the recess on the side of a bayonet or K-Bar
knife to increase the ease with which the poor SOB you speared bled out.
Dunno the term for the groove on a cutting board used to catch the juice,
presumably for making gravy. I have also seem them with a well for
collecting the juice too.
Mebbe you like your meat cooked the way my Mother-in-Law cooks her meat,
well-done and dry as a bone, but I like mine juicy.
Known as a well and tree. See examples:
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
On Sun, 14 Nov 2004 05:21:30 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org (The Wolf)
Read the other thread, posted yesterday.
Router from above.
If it has square corners, then you can use a straight fence and a stop
clamped to the board, so that you don't run off the edge.
If it has rounded corners, then you can make up a curved fence - screw
a strip of wood to the router's fence with a pair of semi-circular
slices of broomhandle glued to it. This will guide on either a
straight or a curved edge - adjust the diameter and spacing of the
rounded blocks to get the effect you want.
If you're making a lot, consider a template of MDF and a guide bush in
Practice on scrap first !
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