Global End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by NickJonesDesigns posted 10-30-2015 02:00 PM 2391 views 11 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

What do you do when you have amassed various small pieces of beautiful exotic hardwoods too small for any furniture project? You build a one of a kind seriously intricate end grain cutting board.

After a full year of building numerous large projects I had again amassed a treasure trove of beautifuly figured exotic hardwoods. I don’t normally build cutting boards but when my treasure box begins to overflow I like to create what I call global cutting boards. As you can see from the pictures, the board is constructed of hundreds of pieces of multiple species of hardwoods. I call this a global cutting board because different species of wood used in its construction come from 3 different continents. Woods used include:

Purple Heart
Figured Black Walnut
Quilted Maple
Figured Cherry
Quartersawn Wenge
Quartersawn Sapele
African Mahogany
Genuine Mahogany
Sipo Mahogany
Birdseye Maple
Ambrosia Maple

The board measures approximately 20” long x 13.5” wide x 1 3/4“ thick and features side lifting grooves to allow for easy moment around the kitchen.

-- Nick Jones Designs,

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#1 posted 10-30-2015 02:16 PM

That’s a lot of pieces. I love it.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#2 posted 10-30-2015 03:01 PM

great job, can I ask what glue you used? some of those are hard to glue

-- You never cut a piece to short, you are just prepping that piece for a future project

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#3 posted 10-30-2015 03:11 PM

great job, can I ask what glue you used? some of those are hard to glue

- Mikesawdust

Titebond II – Luckily, I have actually never had a problem gluing any of these woods. I send the pieces through my drum sander with 120 grit sand paper prior to gluing so they all have somewhat of an abraded surface, which I think helps.

-- Nick Jones Designs,

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 03:21 PM

Love the pattern, great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 03:26 PM

Great use of scraps.

-- "I love it when a plan comes together" John "Hannibal" Smith

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#6 posted 10-30-2015 05:12 PM

Did the same thing a couple of years ago. My friends and family loved getting them as gifts because each one was so unique. It does take a lot of time putting all those pieces together and keeping things squared up.
On some smaller (cheese) boards I made them 2” thick and then band sawed them in half for two 1” thick boards. Saved a lot of glue up time over making one at a time.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 05:31 PM

Man o’ man, I know how much work these are and yours turned out with an amazing effect!
Well done brother!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#8 posted 10-30-2015 11:04 PM

Looks like a lot of work that came together perfectly : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 10-31-2015 12:08 AM

Absolutely gorgeous…


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#10 posted 10-31-2015 01:14 AM

How long does it take to glue that many pieces together to make a cutting board? It is beautiful.

-- Terry

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#11 posted 05-21-2016 04:20 PM

Would love to replicate, can you share the project basics, thanks Dave, NC

-- Waly Wood

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