First attempt at an end grain cutting board

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Project by generic posted 101 days ago 836 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister bought a new house and is thinking she wants a butcher block island for her kitchen. Since I have never attempted making anything like that I thought I would practice with some junk wood that I had acquired. I have a bunch of black walnut with a lot of sap wood in it and it is usually too much of a contrast for my liking. I have come to like it in this application though. It lends to a neat pattern.

With a couple cherry accents, I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out. This was gonna just be a practice exercise and I was gonna just give the board to whomever wanted it, but I might have a hard time giving it away. Not I see why people like like making these so much

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#1 posted 101 days ago

I normally don’t comment on cutting boards but this one is really cool. I like it!

-- Josh; Former Pennsylvanian, current Coloradan

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#2 posted 100 days ago

The bunch of black walnut can be forwarded to me any time I will supply delivery address and arrange the freight forwarders costs.

If that’s a first effort I need to be part of it.

A very nice post.

What would a sister do without a brother like you!!!

P.S.there seems to be three pictures of the process missing!

-- Regards Robert

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 100 days ago

Very nice. It came out looking very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#4 posted 100 days ago

Thanks Guys.

Robert – I’m guessing the freight would be a little expensive to ship it that far. Sorry if I missed taking pictures of the process. As I mentioned, it was just going to be a practice/expereiment board so I didnt take any pictures until the end. I had visions of the thing exploding in my planer like I have read about or gaps in the glue up or the rows being misaligned. I never imagined that being my first attempt that it would actually turn out well. LOL

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#5 posted 100 days ago

very cool board, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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Henry Mowry

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#6 posted 99 days ago

I’ve found that some people love the extreme contrasts that you have, and others do not. To each their own … and you have made a wonderful cutting board!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#7 posted 99 days ago

Awesome. I like the way you have arranged the grain direction.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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