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End Grain Cutting Board - Maple and Cherry

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Project by SDAdmiral posted 01-06-2016 02:22 AM 1121 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Christmas gift was a nice change of pace from the larger projects that I have been working on recently (crib and bed). All of the material was left over from those projects, so the pattern just kind of emerged from what I had to work with.

A cavity was exposed on the maple after cutting the end-grain slices, so i filled it with epoxy prior to flattening the surface. I don’t have a drum sander, so I did the bulk of the flattening with a router sled. My sled leaves small ridges for some reason, so I took care of those with a block plane before sanding.

The board is 16” x 12”. I routed a cove on the sides to make it easier to pick up, and some rubber feet keep it from sliding around. I always counter-sink the rubber feet with the thought that doing so will make the feet stay on better. The finish is three coats of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish.

-- - Andrew -





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Andre

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#1 posted 01-06-2016 02:47 AM

Nice looking board, what kind of bit are you using on the router? Have you tried a dish carving bit?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#2 posted 01-06-2016 12:22 PM

looks great. Really nice idea for handle to pick it up.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#3 posted 01-06-2016 02:53 PM

Very nice. Like the handle idea!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#4 posted 01-06-2016 04:41 PM

Very Nice! Yep – I made several similar to yours for Christmas gifts – they make very good gifts! Be sure to “season” properly before using – these “end-cut” boards will soak up A LOT of Mineral Oil (which is what I used) before properly sealed – I used the recommendation of “once-a-day for a week, once-a-week for a month, then once-month from then on”. If not “sealed” properly, the board will warp quite a bit when wet, then dried. Seasoned properly, will last a long, long time!

-- Don

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SDAdmiral

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#5 posted 01-06-2016 06:37 PM



Nice looking board, what kind of bit are you using on the router? Have you tried a dish carving bit?

- Andre

Thanks! I used a bearing guided 1/2” cove bit that came with an MLCS bit set and took several light passes to get to the final depth. I suspect a dish carving bit would have worked as well.

-- - Andrew -

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SDAdmiral

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#6 posted 01-06-2016 06:41 PM



Very nice. Like the handle idea!

- mloy365

I think it turned out well. I was going to follow the standard pocket route that seems to be popular, but thought this would be easier to do and I do not have the dish carving bit that makes the nice smooth wall transition.

-- - Andrew -

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