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end grain cutting board #1: A time-honored woodworking tradition

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Blog entry by bobasaurus posted 08-10-2014 12:58 AM 1175 reads 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I need a bigger cutting board for my kitchen, so I decided to put my shop to work.


The original sketchup model. I used logarithmic tapering widths for a bit of an illusion.


Bought some soft maple and african mahogany off craigslist for cheap. Maybe not the most ideal woods for a board, but they should work fine for my home kitchen use. I crosscut the boards first to get them to workable size.


After jointing, resawing, and planing the boards to square, I carefully ripped them into varying widths on the table saw.


The first part of the face grain glue-up. The glue was setting quickly, so I did each half separately, then a third glue-up to join the halves. Wish I used some cauls here… the outer strips deformed on me a little.


After the glue-up, I scraped one side pseudo-flat and sent it through the planer.


Crosscutting strips using the sled on my table saw with a stop block.


Laying out the crosscut strips. Looking nice.


The first half of the end grain glue-up. It was hard to align the pieces, some of them slipped a little. Need to build a nice clamping setup for large boards in the future.


The second half of the end grain glue-up.


Scraped the top glue off while it was still soft. The duplicate piece on the left is just a failed strip acting as a clamping caul. After the glue fully cures, the cleanup will begin.

-- Allen, Colorado



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johnhutchinson

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#1 posted 08-10-2014 01:28 AM

Gives me a queasy stomach when I stare at it. Probably not good for a cutting board. :)

ABSOLUTELY AMAZING, ALLEN !!!

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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bobasaurus

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#2 posted 08-10-2014 01:30 AM

Thanks John. Hope I don’t get dizzy and cut my fingers when I use it. I recently bought this fancy chef knife that’s too large for my previously-made small board:

http://imgur.com/a/MzazB

-- Allen, Colorado

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hotncold

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#3 posted 08-10-2014 02:18 AM

Very nice work! I love the boards that create “illusions” and this one certainly qualifies!
Thanks for posting!

-- Dennie - Tennessee - Every Pro was once an Amateur. Every Expert was once a Beginner. So dream Big and start Now!

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 08-10-2014 03:18 AM

Allen—Nice job on the board! Do you have the sizing of the pieces? Also, what thickness did you do—5/4? I’d like to build one like that.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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bobasaurus

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#5 posted 08-10-2014 03:31 AM

Don, I am aiming for 5/4 final thickness of the board. I left about 1/8” more for sanding flush. The board will be about 11×16 when finished. Here is a list of the cut widths in inches (note: I ended up leaving off the last one for this board as the thin strips were damn tricky to cut at 41” long):

1.5
1.125
0.84375
0.6328125
0.474609375
0.3559570313
0.2669677734
0.2002258301
0.1501693726
0.1126270294

-- Allen, Colorado

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stefang

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#6 posted 08-10-2014 01:21 PM

Great wok Allen. I would love to make some crazy cutting boards for our kitchen, but my wife can’t take busy designs. I really like this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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stefang

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#7 posted 08-10-2014 01:25 PM

Great wok Allen. I would love to make some crazy cutting boards for our kitchen, but my wife can’t take busy designs. I really like this one.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 08-11-2014 02:05 AM

Thanks, Allen. I appreciate the feedback on the strip sizes. I think I’ll cut off the thickness to the nearest tenth of an inch though. I just made an edge grain cutting board and was shooting for a 5/4 thickness but ended up just a bit over 1” thick after my sliding glue up and sanding. I’ll make it a little extra thick next time.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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