Modern and unusual, the beauty of this board is in the color and grain contrast of the wood. The board is made from hard maple, and the feet are cut from a darker, tight-grained wood such as walnut.
Step 1: Cut the Board to Length
Step 2: Cut the Ends
Step 3: Cut the Feet Channels
Step 4: Make the Feet
Produced by Tracey Gumm Main
Use a sliding compound miter saw to square off both ends of the beech to make the board 12-in. long.
Use a set square to make sure the ends are 90° and a ruler to make sure the sides are parallel. All sides of the board were cut at 30° using a miter saw for the short end cuts and a table saw for the long sides.
Clamp a straightedge to the base to guide a router with a 1/2-in. dovetail bit (see image below) to cut two 1/4-in.-deep channels. Mark a 1 1/4-in. x 1 1/2-in. wedge with a knife where the feet protrude and remove the waste with a chisel.
To finish, plane down two pieces of contrasting walnut wood to make 7 1/2-in.-long wedges to slide in as feet.
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