Endgrain Bookmatch Cutting Boards

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Project by SPalm posted 1828 days ago 4527 views 30 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was different for me. I had never tried this with endgrain before. I have had a chuck of walnut lying around for years. It had sapwood on both outside edges that crept into the middle. So I ripped it into 5 strips. The two outside strips (flipped) became the inside of this cutting board, and two of the middle strips became the outside of this board. I kept the beautiful center strip for another day.

They are about 12 inches by 11 inches, and 1 inch thick.

The maple, cherry, and Spanish cedar were added for width and color. My original intent was to flip every other strip for that woven look. Well, it did not work out so well, and basically looked hideous. So I went with just lining ‘em up. One board bookmatched all the way, and the other slip matched with a book in the middle. I need to plan this stuff out better.

I have some other gnarly boards that I now have some motivation to study and see how I can use their defects on cutting boards. Endgrain adds some interesting challenge to it.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 1828 days ago

Looks very nice, great job

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#2 posted 1828 days ago

Nice arrangement.

-- James -

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#3 posted 1828 days ago

Very nice, I like the one in the first picture best. But it’s only a half point better than the second one.

10 to 9.5.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#4 posted 1828 days ago

Neat. It looks like batik!

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#5 posted 1828 days ago

Very nice grain .
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#6 posted 1828 days ago

Wow very cool Steve looks wonderful

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1828 days ago

coolest cutting board ive seen

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#8 posted 1828 days ago

This really did come out nicely! It’s amazing how a flat surface can be manipulated in so many different patterns. Keep up the good work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#9 posted 1828 days ago

It is amazing what mother nature hides for us to find… keep looking and keep posting.. nice job.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#10 posted 1828 days ago

Of all the cutting boards hese are my favorite so far.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at

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#11 posted 1828 days ago

End grain is really good looking if you get the right pieces. You obviously did. Nice job.

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#12 posted 1828 days ago

very unique …one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 1828 days ago

WOW…...........what more can be said. I’m going to be looking at wood more closely to see what I can find hiding in the mist. Fantastic looking boards.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#14 posted 1828 days ago

That is way cool. It’s a good eye that can see that in the rough. Nicely done, sir.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#15 posted 1828 days ago

Just fantastic!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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