EGCBs of Walnut and Red Oak

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Project by Don Broussard posted 10-29-2014 06:42 PM 2057 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a couple of end grain cutting boards in the last few weeks and am just getting around to posting them. Both are made of red oak and walnut, simply because it’s what I had on hand, and were finished with several coats of mineral oil. I know that red oak isn’t the best species to use for EGCBs due to the open grain.

1) I’ve watched the Mad Russian make those wavy boards on youtube and thought I’d give it a try. This one is only wavy in one dimension—one step at a time, boys. Strips were cut in 1/8”, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”, 3/4” and 1” to create the wave. I gave it to a fellow LJ’s wife.

2) The second EGCB was made for the Water For People silent auction a couple of weeks ago. I really like the last picture in the way that the end grain looks like Chex Mix.I should have added one strip to the right end of that board for symmetry. Maybe next time, I’ll think ahead.

-- 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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#1 posted 10-29-2014 08:08 PM

Nice work, Don! Keep them going! I’ve only made 2 EGCB’s, but wanna make more…

How do you flatten them?

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#2 posted 10-29-2014 08:14 PM

Thanks, terryR. I grossly flatten them with a block plane, then bring them to a friend with a big drum sander to REALLY flatten ‘em out! I am not willing to take a chance at sending end grain through a planer, even though others (including the Mad Russian) do so. I guess I’m just a big chicken!

-- 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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#3 posted 10-29-2014 09:22 PM

Some nice designs Don. They almost have a 3 dimension.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#4 posted 10-29-2014 09:29 PM

Really nice Don! The illusion on the first one is just crazy…...hope you build some more! I think you’re talking the MTM Wood guy…...he glues long grain boards on each end of the end grain boards before sending them through the planer. The saws them off after…..planing end grain is always a bit on the dangerous side though….

Great work, keep them coming!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 10-29-2014 09:46 PM

Beautiful, Don! I kinda like the non-symetricalness. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 10-29-2014 09:54 PM

Nice effects Don…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#7 posted 10-29-2014 09:55 PM

Great lookin’ broads, err boards!!!

Smart thinkin’ on the “one step at a time” approach.
Gotta crawl, before you can walk….
You’ll be running in no time at all!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 10-29-2014 10:47 PM

Fancy-schmancy to say the least…! Those are really nice and definitely stand out with the oak end grain…

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#9 posted 10-29-2014 11:47 PM

Beautiful boards Don. I like them both just as they are.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#10 posted 10-29-2014 11:53 PM

Thanks for all the nice comments. Truth be known, they both look much better in pictures than in person, and even better when you get farther away. I’m still working on my alignment issues. Still not quite straight, and small gaps in the strip glue-ups. Overall, I was pleased but still critical of my own creation—I suspect that’s pretty common with others here as well . . .

-- 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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#11 posted 10-30-2014 12:23 AM


That first one looks very familiar and I don’t see any flaws. Carol loves it.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 10-30-2014 12:30 AM

Awesome job Don. I made one that is one 1/4 this size and it took me over a week. Love the illusion. I’ve grown fond of this finish that I got from amazon. Much easier to apply than straight mineral oil and looks better.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 10-30-2014 01:05 AM

Great job. They are on my list.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 10-30-2014 09:03 AM

Don the boards looking great ,like the design

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 10-30-2014 01:13 PM

Nice job Don,

Is is just me? Or is that CB breathing…. amazing how the optical illusion plays tricks on ya.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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