Butcher Block Cutting Board -- Mesquite

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Project by Luddite posted 11-24-2015 10:01 PM 1013 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

End grain mesquite butcher block cutting board. 22 by 16 by 1.5 inch. approx 20lb.

Over the years I’ve made too many cutting boards, as a method of using up bits of wood and having a ready supply for gifts. After a while the friend market gifting became saturated with boards and actually had one re-gifted to me. That’s OK, I welicomed the little guy back home and quit dealing with these pests.

The other week I had a friend ask for a butcher block board made from end grain mesquite. Luckily, or not, I had a stack of 6/4 boards drying and decided to give it a try. I’m not too quick on cutting a fine board into bits but had a couple with a few cracks would do.

I started by cutting two boards to 27-28 inches, surfaced the wood and made a flat edge. Using my cutoff saw I setup a stop block to give me a 1.75 in cut and did a series of billets that were then cut to 8 and 4 inch length blocks.

Flipping them on the side to expose the end grain I arranged the blocks like a brick wall overlapping each joint.
Using a biscuit joiner I doubled-biscuited each row to its neighbor and glued up with titebond II.

I had made the board in 3 sections for ease of working with the surface sanding machine. These pieces were then joined using the double biscuit technique. Made finger holes on the end edges, filled the cracks with an epoxy and finished with butcher block mineral oil.

In the course of picking the planks to use I discovered a flattened little lizard beneath a piece of copper sheet under the stack. Thought he looked like a fossil-to-be and I’ll place him on my shelf of wood shop curiosities.
I really like the bluish tint from the oxidized copper.

Thanks for viewing.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 11-24-2015 10:28 PM

Both your cutting board and the lizard are quite impressive.

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#2 posted 11-24-2015 11:15 PM

OOOOOOOOOOO Sweeet cutting board. I love how you did the pattern with the end grain!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-25-2015 02:42 PM

Beautiful board! I love the grain and color of Mesquite.
I’m curious why the biscuits? You are gluing long grain to long grain which is optimum, Have you had failures before?

I’ve been paranoid with end-brain to end-grain board glue ups before and have used splines, it sure helps put the mind at ease….

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#4 posted 11-25-2015 11:54 PM

Nice board!

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#5 posted 11-26-2015 04:27 PM

Terry, that is a great looking board, but I’m glad I don’t have to lift it with a 20 pound stuffed turkey on it.

-- Art

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#6 posted 11-26-2015 08:23 PM

Hey all, thanks for the comments.

Slintergroup: Love the name. Regarding biscuits, I used these only between the rows and located them at all the joints. This solidified each block to a neighbor in at least 2 to 3 contacts. This keeps any continuing line to be safely connected. I hope.

Art: So am I. Board delivered and paid for.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#7 posted 12-11-2015 10:36 AM

The owner should be very proud of that board. Don’t know if I would to cut on it or put it on display!

-- Dan, Florida

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