Number one: I somehow managed to cut down to size at a weird angle, even though I used all rulers/guides/fences available. That needs investigation. Maybe my miter saw needs tuning? You can see the slanted pattern here:
Number two: I need some tool to help me sand a surface FLAT. Not just smooth, but flat. Because the individual pieces were not 100% even after cutting the final stips, they needed quite a lot of sanding... end grain sanding, extremely hard wood... of course it took some time and I managed to get the surface somewhat even but again, not 100% perfect. A drum sander would be awesome but is beyond budget or space constraints. Need to improvise something. *adds to list*
After swallowing my anger about the two hickups, I added a nice roundover on the top side and a barely visible one on the bottom side. I also routed out the "handles" on the bottom side. Here's a pic that shows my improvised setup for router guides and one of the handles finished:
Up next: finishing! I got myself a can of cutting board oil ("butcher block oil") and put on about six coats on the top and about four on the bottom and sides. I might sand a bit more and repeat that after the first week or two of use, so I can see if this treatment was enough:
Finally, time for dinner! Tastes twice as good when you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!
And as a sidenote: I also continued the workbench project. Finally have made enough room to put it down where it should go... I can't finish it on the weekend however since the top boards need some cutting and, well.. you know: neighbors and noise on holidays. Not good. Tuesday it is then...