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My first end-grain cutting board, a gift for my momma.

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Project by Jordan Moore posted 09-21-2015 02:23 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first cutting board I’ve made so far. It was a long process, I’m not entirely happy with the finished product, but I have to cut myself some slack for it being my first. I used Maple for the border, and Bubinga for the center part. I made a little sled for my router to even out the faces in place of a planer. For whatever reason there were a few spots where the router went just a hair deeper, and now there are rings that are just barely visible in the finish. I sanded it for a while with a random orbit sander, but just couldn’t get it out. I rounded over the edged with my router table, and had a piece chip out. Also, when I was sanding I noticed the dust would collect into the pores of the Bubinga. I dont know if the wood is just too porous to use or what. I finished with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish, thinned by 50% with mineral spirits. I saw this on the Wood Whisperer’s video and decided to try it. I may try mineral oil and wax next time. I put rubber feet to add some grip and keep the board off the countertop.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"





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#1 posted 09-21-2015 03:12 AM

Hi Jordan, your cutting board looks good and I’m sure momma will like it. I can’t see her taking a knife and cutting on it though!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 09-21-2015 03:59 AM

Looks good from here, Jordan! Get used to hearing ” It’s too pretty to use As long as you’re learning from your mistakes, it’s all good. I have yet to make an EGCB (yup, I’m chicken). Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 09-21-2015 08:22 PM

Thank you both, it was fun to make!

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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#4 posted 09-21-2015 09:26 PM

Awww, I’ll bet your Momma is so proud. Heck I would be too! Nice board ! I like the color contrast

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#5 posted 09-21-2015 09:29 PM

Thanks Joe, I do too.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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#6 posted 09-22-2015 01:44 AM

Nice job! I like the way the Bubinga grain is in a pattern. It’s attention to details like that that makes a difference.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#7 posted 09-22-2015 01:46 AM

Thanks Ron :)

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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#8 posted 09-23-2015 09:03 PM

Jordan, that’s a very nice design with the end grain.

I have made dozens of end grain boards and I have planed every one. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t. I glue a sacrificial strip on both ends so that when I send the board through my planer, the sacrificial ends protect the end grain from tear out. You just take off about 1/4 as much on a cut.

Be patient and you will get a nice, flat board with no deep cuts like you mentioned.

After that, I use my Festool Rotex sander and 120 grit. You can get the board like glass with that tool.

-- --Dale Page

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#9 posted 09-23-2015 09:46 PM

Thanks Dale, the problem is I’m just starting out, so I don’t have the money for a planer, and especially not for a $500 sander haha. I’m sure Festool is worth the money, but I think it will be a long while before I even consider buying one. Thats a nice looking board.

-- "Whatever you do, do it enthusiastically, as something done for the Lord and not for men"

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