First wood project - end grain cutting board

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I wanted to something different from the usual checkerboard end-grain cutting board for my first wood project, so I chose a brick pattern using walnut and maple . This was the first time I’ve ever used a table saw, hand plane, router (for edges) and palm sander.

From this project, I learned:

The importance of precision cutting by way of hours and hours of sanding to get the cut strips level after its final glue-up because the cuts were most decidedly imprecise.

Hand planes (at least the ones I bought) are NOT sharp enough to cut end-grain straight out of the packaging.

Fun first project and it turned out better than I expected it to.

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#1 posted 97 days ago

Very nice and yes without a drum sander the cutting boards do take a tonne of sanding but very nice looking board

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#2 posted 97 days ago

Looks great.

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#3 posted 97 days ago

A first wood project in this quality. GREAT. No, more than great.

-- My englisch is bad but how is your dutch?

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#4 posted 97 days ago

You’ve come a long way and learnt much in a short time. It is easy to forget, when using a drum sander as I do, just how much hard work is involved in this sort of project. Well done and hope to see many more.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#5 posted 97 days ago

Great job, welcome to Lumberjocks as well… Sanding is so much fun. I have 2 drum sanders now and still hate sanding LOL Look fwd to many more….

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 97 days ago

That is superb! Great first project! I will be watching for your next one!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#7 posted 97 days ago

That’s really sharp! I like the brick pattern and have had that on my list for some time…and of course the walnut and maple combo is always a classic! Great job.

-- -James, Sumerville SC

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#8 posted 96 days ago

Thanks guys! I have another cutting board in the works using maple and purpleheart for a (late) mother’s day present but I’m really excited to do something big and furniture-y!

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#9 posted 96 days ago

I use purple heart a lot. IT IS HARD. sand forever and it is still there. Cut very precise.
I like do like your domominoes. Looks good .. I have done 30 + boards and best tool is drum sander. Mine cost $1300 and it saves me 2 hours / poard.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#10 posted 95 days ago

Very nice work. I haven’t made any of the brick patterns yet. I’m currently experimenting with 3D cutting boards. Cutting boards have the reputation as being an easy beginner project. Although not as complicated as a furniture project, there is a hell of a lot of work to and end grain board like you’ve shown. Plus the tools you need or should have are extensive.

I also recommend getting a drum sander if you are looking at doing wood projects. It is probably the most used tool in my shop next to the table saw. Great way to flatten and smooth a board, I lay pieces on edge to remove tools marks and clean up the glue edge. It also assures me the pieces are equal size, something the jointer can’t do. A couple quick passes cleans up planer snipe and I’m ready to move on. If you are trying to sneak up on a thickness, it’s easy to take too much off too quickly with the planer, the drum sander is great at this.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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