Beefy Brick and Baby Bro

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Project by Timbo78 posted 11-18-2015 04:56 PM 1121 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Brick Wall end grain cutting board. Maple and 8/4 Walnut.

After making many, many “standard” end grain cutting boards for other people, I decided to go with a brick wall pattern for our kitchen. Couldn’t be happier with it. The size is perfect, the walnut grain pattern is really cool, the wife loves it, and we think it even nicely complements our off-white subway tile backsplash.

Normally, I’d just glue up random width strips to about 12” wide so it could fit through the planer. For this one I wanted it bigger and I wanted the bricks to go horizontally along the longer end of the board. So, the initial glue-up was over 17in wide and 19in long, which does not fit through the planer or the drum sander (I don’t have it set up for half-and-half passes). So, I just briefly sanded some of the glue bumps out of one side with the ROS so the board was mostly flat and cut the strips on the table saw. In the interest of time, I then decided to send the strips through the planer (instead of the drum sander) to flatten the faces. This required cross-grain planing, which did leave a very rough finish and blew out a chunk from one of the strips (a knot, I assume). However, the rough finish didn’t matter because they’d be glued on those faces anyway.

After tinkering with the size, I decided 8 rows gave me the length-width proportion I liked. That left me with two strips. One was the end cut-off that was shorter than the rest, and the other was the one that had the chunk blown out of it. I took the damaged one and trimmed it to the size of the cut-off, cut both pieces roughly in half, and had four small rows of brick for Baby Bro that you see in the pics.

One other note: I used different pieces of maple for the horizontal and vertical mortars, and I could see before it was finished that they would not match perfectly in color. I was a little concerned, but I think it ended up being more interesting to the eye that the vertical mortars are a little darker than the horizontal ones.

Beefy Brick: 17.75×14.5×1.875
Baby Bro: A lot smaller

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 11-18-2015 06:02 PM

There is nothing like Black Walnut. Good job, and nice use of sapwood. So many avoid that; you owned it!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 11-19-2015 04:32 AM

great looking cutting board you’ve created, I do agree about the mortar lines, different works better as most floors with mortar lines are rarely exactly the same… great work!

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#3 posted 11-19-2015 07:07 AM

Those boards are gorgeous! Nicely done. Walnut is just so beautiful.

I am working on some cutting boards for Christmas presents and used the planer during my process to include after glue up (i.e., planing the end grain). To prevent chip out, I glued a sacrificial piece of wood to one end of the board the same thickness as the board and put the board through the planer “head” first (the sacrificial end would be hit last by the blades). I also did not plane off more than 1/2 mm per pass to also reduce the possibility of chip out. It worked well. Then I simply cut off the sacrificial piece.

-- TT

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#4 posted 11-22-2015 05:32 PM

Great job with that pattern,looks good.

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