End Grain Cutting board

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Project by Ken90712 posted 09-22-2009 07:56 PM 2460 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thank-you to all my fellow woodworkers and cutting board enthusiasts. I made these two boards out of Rock Maple & Black Walnut for my friend Jim and Deanna’s wedding present. I finished the morning before we were leaving for the wedding. After seeing their new kitchen, I had this idea, made in 6 days. As we, all know it is the finishing that takes the longest. I have 2 more 1/2 done out of Rock Maple and Purple Heart that got put on the back burner for these.
Thx again everyone!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 08:32 PM

Beautiful boards… you can never go wrong with a cutting board gift.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 09-22-2009 09:17 PM

I like the rounded edges. It give the board character.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#3 posted 09-22-2009 09:40 PM

Nice. Anyone know how long we have to make a cutting board before we get kicked off lumber jocks.LOL
Seems like a right of passage here. I got the wood but I need a little more time. I swear I’m gonna do it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 09-22-2009 09:51 PM

What did you use for your finish on these beauties ?

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

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#5 posted 09-22-2009 10:03 PM

You did an excellent job

-- Billp

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#6 posted 09-22-2009 10:45 PM

Nice timber choice.. wish I had access to those timbers… good attention to grain orientation… I always look for that.. it shows a professionalism that is sometimes missing… well executed and superbly finished. Rounding the corners is a great touch.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#7 posted 09-22-2009 11:39 PM

Degoose, Thx to you and everyone for the help and advice. You have been a mentor to some of us with your quality craftsmanship and boards. I tried to follow the grain orientation like you have mentioned before. Some bad spots on the wood would not allow me to pick some. I used 50/50 salad bowl finish & mineral spirits, 10 coats. (Over kill, I know. It is the Aircraft Maintenance in me.) I took the wood whisper’s advice on the type of finish and I love it. I should be done with the Rock Maple & Purple Heart boards for my wife next week. The rounded corners were my wife’s idea. I mounted little black rubber feet with screws in the bottom to allow our granite counter tops to breath and to keep the board from moving while in use.
Thx, again everyone.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 01:02 AM

Very nice wood combination, great looking boards.

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 05:44 AM

nice work

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 05:52 AM

RexMcKinnon: I think I lasted 3 months before I “had” to make one. However – ever since I bought some tools my mom has been waiting patiently… :)

I admit although I try to focus on grain orientation it often gets the best of me. Now that Larry pointed it out it’s easy to see that you (Ken) did a great job. Whenever I re-watch the woodwhisperer rounding the corners with his router I realize I need router that can do what you seem to have done here. The old crappy B&D is no good. Nice corners.

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#11 posted 09-24-2009 03:42 AM

Beautiful board! I’m sure that they will love it…

-- John, Ontario, Canada

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#12 posted 12-13-2009 12:15 PM


Ken – What did you use to finish the board with?

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 07:07 PM

50/50 Salad Bowl finish / Mineral Spirits about 7 coats front 4 on bottom.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 08-12-2010 10:44 AM

Awesome board! Im ready to try my hand at an end grain board. I would love any advice you have that you think would help on my project. Two quick question I have for sure : What type of glue do you use? and Is there any specific wood that is better for end grain work? Ive only made 2 boards and Im very new to this so any advice will be gratefully appreciated. Even if its your not ready for end grain!ha ha! Thanks

-- Steph, Phoenix

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