End-Edge-Long Grain Board

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 09-23-2014 07:17 PM 1356 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A board made for bread.
The cubic pattern is end-grain Maple & Walnut, the sides are Long grain and behind the text is Edge grain – both cherry.
The phrase is in Hebrew, about the blessings of the ‘Shabbat’ (=Saturday).

While working on this project, for some reason i got my finger into the table-saw blade. fortunately the result was only a minor damage to the bone. after a few weeks it looks pretty good already. it’s funny, but i wasn’t doing anything risky or problematic. i used all the safety features, but still, for some reason, in a fraction of a second while i was’t 100% focused, i moved my hand from the wood (after cutting it) straight into the blade. i was very very lucky. work safely!

I have to admit that i have some doubts about the design, but the design of this piece was happening in my workshop, as i was working on it. i guess it would have look better without the two side pieces, but i didn’t make it big enough to begin with.
one more thing: the thickness of this board is 20 mm (about 3/4 inch). i like making my boards 50mm and then splitting them into half. this way i feel that i get two boards with the work time of only one…
final thickening and sanding was made with my shop built drum sander.
some pictures of the process:

-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 09-23-2014 09:29 PM

that is awesome, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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J. Curtis Goforth

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#2 posted 09-24-2014 02:38 AM

Did you do the Hebrew letters on a CNC? If you did those by hand then you did an awesome job! Nice board regardless. Shalom.

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#3 posted 09-24-2014 11:01 AM

OUCH! Very nice board from it though. I went with the SawStop because I remove the blade guard and figured I was playing with fire. I use push blocks but can see where they could easily slip and go right into the blade.

You always do beautiful work.

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

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#4 posted 09-24-2014 09:41 PM

You’re a fine craftsman. Amazing cutting board.

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 08:18 PM

Beautiful pattern, especialy curve cut edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 10:49 PM

Very nice design for bread board especially edges look good.
You’re lucky still have all fingers intact. lol.
I’ve cut mine 3 times like this…

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#7 posted 10-28-2014 02:40 PM

That’s a beautiful board…........and you might want to consider the SAW STOP option after you factor in the cost of your injury in time away from the shop and the medical bills.

Your board is DOOMED to fail on the glue lines between the end grain and the flat/face grain pieces. The wood must expand and contract and it does it at different rates end grain to edge grain, so over time something has to give. Basically, you have glued wood together with the grain at 90 degree angles, and that is NEVER recommended. Over time and seasonal changes, the wood will crack away at some point.

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