I've been asked by a family member to build a butcher's block and as I know
it won't actually be used for cleaving (it's for a BBQ and will be used more
like a bread-board instead) I thought I might be able to pretty it up a bit.
I plan on using 6"x1"x1" lengths, framed and clamped with 1/2" endless
thread. Instead of the traditional method of exposing the end-grain I'd
like to make a chequer-board pattern alternating end- and side-grain. What
I'm concerned about is timber movement as I can see it being left outdoors
for days at a time. I haven't selected the timber yet, it'll probably be
red-gum and/or jarrah as they're cheap here and methinks I'll be a love job.
ie. a wedding anniv. present..
With only 1"x1" will movement be a problem, or would I be better to make it
of alternating 6" and, say, 5 3/4" lengths oriented the normal way and then
inlaying 1/4" thick squares in the ensuing gaps to give the pattern?
I hope I've explained this well enough for someone to follow; reading it
back just confuses me all the more. [sigh]
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