Roger, Les - it is really not that hard to make once you know the trick. Cut alternating wood strips 18" long starting at 1/8" wide and increasing the width by 1/16th until you get to 5/8" and then decrease by 1/16th back to 1/8th. Do this twice and glue up the 34 strips. Then crosscut in the same manner and flip every other one.
I like the pattern a lot but agree that you could end up with extra protein in your salad if not careful.
I really like it but put me in the "afraid to use it" club. I like to cook and I have really sharp knives …... and I value my fingers.
It kind of takes me back to a mis-spent youth as well. .
Thanks for the memories.
Thanks for all the kind comments. This board was proof that the day and a half of tuning my table saw was worth the effort! It is not an end grain board but could be made that way.
To answer bobasaurus - A local lumberyard mistakenly left ash in the kiln whose temperature rose too high and it caramelized the sugar. At least, that's what my supplier told me. The wood is a mellow brown throughout. It is totally unlike ash in its working characteristics - kind of powdery shavings, really weird.
Ub1chris - The workbench has a dedication that says, "In memory of Douglas Feldwick (1914-2008) from his grateful apprentice and loving son." I think of him every time I pick up a tool.