End Grain Cutting Boards

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 08-21-2007 12:16 AM 27947 views 12 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

End grain cutting boards. The pattern was taken from Wood magazine. I’ve had good luck selling a bunch of these. Something to do with all of the long narrow scrapes you end up with. These are made from maple, walnut, cherry, mahogany, & oak. They are finished with mineral oil.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#1 posted 08-21-2007 12:27 AM


These are beautiful! I’ll bet they do sell well. Thanks for sharing your creations.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 08-21-2007 12:37 AM

Wow, really nice cutting board Greg.

-- Andy Stark

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#3 posted 08-21-2007 01:32 AM

Very nice Greg. How much do you get for these?

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#4 posted 08-21-2007 02:54 AM

Very cool boards! Is it tough to keep everything aligned when doing the final glue-ups? I love the look of these.

-- Robb

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#5 posted 08-21-2007 03:05 AM

Thank you for the comments. You need to use some care when glueing up. The larger board can be glued in sections to make it easier. I usually just put a good amount of glue on, and glue all at one time. I flatten one side with 80 grit on a belt sander, and then run them through a wide belt sander. For the longest time a used a belt sander on both sides, and then a six inch orbital disc sander to about 150 grit. Be sure to take your time sanding with the belt sander. Make sure you flatten to the lowest point. If you don’t you’ll in up with some pits in the top of your board. Going to 150 grit leave a glass like finish on the end grain of the board.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#6 posted 08-21-2007 05:01 AM

very nice work, Greg!

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#7 posted 08-21-2007 03:26 PM

Looks like you have been busy. Good work!

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#8 posted 08-21-2007 03:37 PM

Great Job Greg.

I just received an e-mail from and they are suppose to be having the Wood Whisperer plans on his web site.

He does have Marc’s version of this cutting board there. I just posted a blog called Free Woodworking Plans, that has a link to the site.

The Wood magazine version has more and different segements.

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

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#9 posted 08-21-2007 05:37 PM

good looking boards Greg!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#10 posted 08-22-2007 12:10 AM


Do you use a hand held belt sander to make these, or do you have one of those large stationary belt sanders that are more like a thickness planer?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#11 posted 08-22-2007 12:39 AM

awesome – and congrats on the sales

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 08-22-2007 03:21 AM

Tom I use both. I flat one side with a hand held belt sander, and then finish up with a wide belt sander. I started out making them with the hand held belt sander.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#13 posted 08-22-2007 05:12 PM

Very nice, My scrap pile is overwhelming and I should consider something like this

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#14 posted 08-23-2007 03:00 AM

Nice boards Greg, Nice work, I hope you fetched a nice price for them.
I started one a month ago, I gotta finish it!

-- Normite Lou

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#15 posted 09-24-2007 10:51 PM

They really caught my eye. Delightful!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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