Amanda was watching a video about different types of handmade pasta (we had a lot of time on our hands during the pandemic and finally got some flour!) and asked if I might be able to make a malloreddus board. I decided to give it a try!
I started with sawing and planing down a piece of Beech I had for the board:
I tried a bunch different methods of making the grooves:
- Carving by hand didn’t work. I could never get lines that straight.
- Using a Dremel didn’t work. Again, I couldn’t get lines that straight.
- Using a Japanese pull-saw was okay, but still sloppy looking.
- I don’t have a router, but a router table might have worked.
I ended up using a tablesaw tilted at a 45 degree angle and a bunch of homemade spacers, slightly wider and longer than popsicle sticks that I cut out of an old piece of fencing that I planed down. I started with all of the spacers, then I’d cut a groove, remove a spacer, and repeat.
It worked! Took me a little while to get the blade height just right, but I’m happy with how it turned out.
They needed a little clean up with some sanding sticks, but otherwise looked good!
I made two of them and cut them out in a round shape with a handle.
After some sanding, they were ready to make Malloreddus with!