I know this is the knifemaking forum, but it seemed like the best fit. If it needs to be moved please feel free to do so.
I'd really like to try my hand at building a couple cutting boards. These are for practice as my ultimate goal is to build a butcher's block/table for my dad. My dad likes to make a LOT of sausage and right now he just has a table and some big poly boards, I think it'd be cool if I could get build one large table for him that he can use as one big cutting board/block for breaking down cuts of meat for sausage. I don’t know, maybe it’s too lofty a goal considering my lack of experience, but I suppose it helps to have some direction.
I have nearly zero experience with woodworking. I built some basic speaker cabinets for myself last year and that is about it. My equipment is basic: I have a cheap Ryobi tablesaw that I bought like new at a yard sale for $20 so that I could throw my speakers together, some clamps, a couple basic sanders and that’s about it. I can get access to a router and planer and some other equipment as well.
So what equipment do I actually need to make a board that just functions? Is my cheap-o tablesaw gonna cut it? I'm not looking for an excuse to buy new equipment, but if there's something I really can't live without I can scour Craigslist for a good deal. I want to focus on getting the basics of this down before I work on trying to make it pretty. What is a good type of wood to learn on? Should I request wood to come a certain way or should I just buy whatever boards are on hand to cut down? I figure that I will probably need a certain type of wood glue, probably something food safe, what should I be looking for?
Any other tips for me?
Obviously I’m a newbie and I have a lot of learning to do, but up until a few months ago I had very little experience with a welder and I’ve already built myself a 50 gallon offset smoker and now I’m working on a 250 gallon offset smoker/grill BBQ catering rig. I really love working one projects and this seems like a fun thing to do.
Thanks in advance for any help!