09 August 2007
The 12" x 12" birch plywood blocks I bought at the craft store are doing OK, but they're not the shina plywood that I get from McClain's. What I'm experiencing with the birch is that the grain has a lot more personality than the shina, not a bad thing in itself but the grain grabs the knife as I cut. The knife wants to follow the grain, so cross-grain cuts are hard to control. Fortunately, this design doesn't have all that much detail so I think it will work out fine.
It feels great to be cutting blocks again!