4o years as furniture maker 1st time for end grain cutting boards

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Project by Todd Swartwood posted 01-30-2015 08:47 PM 1615 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been building Furniture and Cabinets for about 40 years now. But this is my 1st time
ever making end grain cutting boards. After all I have read about making them I was pleased
to find that I was able to plane them with my planer. I upgraded a few years ago to a Grizzly with
a Byrd insert style helical cutter head. I am due to turn the inserts to a sharp edge and that was
evident. I still ended up with almost no tearout. It does however still take a fair amount of sanding
to get them ready for sale. I also routed groves in the edge for picking them up. I used mostly scrap
I did grab a piece of Mahogany, and 1 of red oak, everything else was scrap.

Nothing real exciting, but thanks for taking the time to look and commenting.
Thanks a lot and have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#1 posted 01-30-2015 10:30 PM

nice boards,i wish you another 40 years carpentry and dust
gretings from beautiful croatia

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#2 posted 01-30-2015 11:11 PM

Hey Todd. Judging from the “dull” look of these, I’m guessing you have not yet oiled them? Wait’ll you put some mineral oil on ‘em. The colors will just POP out at you. The first time I did that I almost wet myself they looked so cool! :-)

Nice job on these “first” ones. You’ll be making a bunch more!

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#3 posted 01-30-2015 11:35 PM

I was about to say the exact same thing as JoeinGa did – just wait until you put that coat of oil on them – you won’t believe it.

A Fine Build!



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#4 posted 01-31-2015 12:32 AM

Thanks guys,
Bambi, I think another 40 years is a lot to ask for, but I will take what ever God has for me.

Hey Joe, I don’t normally oil cutting boards before I sell them, but I was thinking like you and may just
have to oil these ones.

Bob, I usually make edge grain cutting boards, do you think the color will pop more on these end grain boards?

Thanks for the comments guys, and have a great and blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#5 posted 01-31-2015 01:16 AM

Very nice, Oil will really make them pop. I use watco danish oil on mine. From what I have read its the same chemically as salad bowl finish that most talk about. Also my planer does not have the helical cutter, but when making end grain boards I plane a 2X4 or any other scrap to the same thickness as the cutting board. That final glue up I glue it to the end. No tear out at all, just trim it off as you square up the final board.

-- John

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#6 posted 01-31-2015 03:29 PM

Looks good Todd!


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#7 posted 01-31-2015 04:58 PM

Thanks ,
John I usually let the customer oil the board to get them used to oiling them regularly.

Charlie thanks for taking the time to comment, it always help charge my batteries.

Have a great and blessed day, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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