Pine End Grain Cutting Board

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I hate to post a project with just a few photos…and NONE of the build, but it’s the best I can do, ya’ll.

See, I cut and glued up this board over a year ago using the cut offs from my bench build. Started to flatten the top and base, then put the project away for a long, long time…AND I’ve lost several computers since then, so no photos…

Anyhow, last month I dug it back out and decided to finish the guy. I’m also behind in posting projects. :(

My wife has become quite the backyard butcher, since we live on a goat and pig farm, and is striving to learn more! However, she was working on a disposable plastic cutting board. The horror!

I bought her a couple of nice hand-made knives for her last B-day, and I couldn’t stand to see them used on plastic. Something had to be done! Oh yeah…the pine board in the projects que…

There were a few knots in the pine which needed to be filled, and two table saw mistakes as well. A little black sawdust and epoxy, and lots of sanding came out pretty nice.

I’m not sure I’ve seen pine cutting boards en masse, so I’m not sure how long it will stand up? Hopefully, long enough to make another from hardwood! LOL.

Flattened with cabinet scrapers, ROS, and finally a block sander to 800 grit. The finish is Howard’s Orange Oil from the Borg, nice and food safe, and also adds a decent glow to the Southern Yellow Pine.

Final dimensions are roughly 15×11” and a full 2” thick. It’s not a cutting board we put away at that size, but it doesn’t move when used, either. Simple 1” squares of non-stick shelf liner were added to the base to ensure that.

This was actually my 2nd end grain board…and I’m in the mood for more now!

Comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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

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#1 posted 12-07-2014 12:28 AM

I love the grain in that. Very well done.

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#2 posted 12-07-2014 12:44 AM

Nice project!

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#3 posted 12-07-2014 12:49 AM

The grain effect is wild, nice work.

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#4 posted 12-07-2014 12:50 AM

It’s very pretty, but I’ve always read that pine and other soft woods are not food safe because the grain is too loose. Might want to read up on it a little.

I have seen boards that have similar grain patterns, I think they were teak.

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#5 posted 12-07-2014 01:28 AM

I like the grain patterns on it as well, very nice.

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#6 posted 12-07-2014 01:43 AM

Thanks for sharing your project. Beautiful piece. I was given a few pieces of laminated pine shelving recently. These will be cut to size and laminated to show the end grain which will then be cut into a ‘boot’ blank. Should be an interesting boot! You’ve inspired me! Roman

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#7 posted 12-07-2014 02:04 AM

Not sure how it will hold up to cutting – but it sure is pretty. Well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 12-07-2014 02:33 AM

Poor wood choice for a cutting board.

-- David

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#9 posted 12-07-2014 02:34 AM

Very well done Alabama
Need to enterogate you on wood finish
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#10 posted 12-07-2014 02:42 AM

Very interesting Terry!

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#11 posted 12-07-2014 03:13 AM

The grain pattern is amazing!!

-- Honey thats not a mistake, it's a design feature!

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#12 posted 12-07-2014 05:26 AM

Have used pine for cutting boards for years. They are perfectly safe as long as they are cleaned properly, i.e. scrape clean and wash with soap and water. Also can be left in the sun occasionally as the UV light will kill off any bacteria that remain. My current pine chopping board is over 15 years old.

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#13 posted 12-07-2014 05:33 AM

That looks awesome!

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#14 posted 12-07-2014 06:04 AM

That’s purdy, Terry. (About time you got a proper cutting board! :-b)

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 12-07-2014 06:37 AM

If I was ever curious about theboardsmith, after the snarky comment above, I’m not anymore.

Nice job, Terry!

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