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Three end grain boards using "Cut first - design later" technique

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Project by sras posted 12-14-2009 02:19 AM 2797 views 4 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been years since I made any gifts. The end grain boards that I’ve seen on LJ inspired me to get these three boards done. I used a technique I call “Cut first and design later” that I described in this blog. Since I use narrow strips, it takes a lot (15 to 20) of strips to make up a board. The combination of narrow strips (as thin as 0.2 inches) and a large quantity make it hard to get a design to work, so I mill the pieces, measure them carefully and then design.
The first board is 9×15.5 inches and is 1.5 inches thick. The second one is 9×13 and 1.5 inches thick. The third one is 8.5×10.75 and is 1.25 inches thick. All three boards have a mixture of cherry, red oak, white oak and walnut. The sizes were pretty much dictated by how many strips of what width I had on hand.
I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out. My only concern is the new owners will not want to put them to use!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive





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reddinosaur

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#1 posted 12-14-2009 02:26 AM

These look amazing =]

-- Jess

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#2 posted 12-14-2009 02:39 AM

Great Looking cutting boards ! I’m sure they’ll love them but I think your right I would have a hard time using them.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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sras

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#3 posted 12-14-2009 02:43 AM

Thanks! It is fun to figure out the design after milling the stock. I had no idea what they were going to look like. Took a bit of playing around each time to get a look I liked.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 12-14-2009 02:47 AM

Well done. Very nice wood combo.

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#5 posted 12-14-2009 03:16 AM

very cool!!!

-- Greg

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#6 posted 12-14-2009 03:28 AM

I tried to pick one I liked best, couldn’t do it….
I like them all : )
Nice work !

Lisa

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#7 posted 12-14-2009 05:28 AM

I like how you do that! They all look great.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#8 posted 12-14-2009 05:32 AM

Wow I really like those boards great designs too.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-14-2009 02:23 PM

Very nice job. Love them all. Looks like a lot of work.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 02:43 PM

sweet idea ,
and they look just great !

and a good way to use up some scraps ,

well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 04:50 PM

Thanks for all the comments! My scrap pile is getting smaller. I think I’ll end up with a separate spot for scraps that are “cutting board worthy”. Now if I could find a project made of sawdust ;)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Rautenbach

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 08:36 PM

Fantastic boards I would really love to make some as to date I have only made normal long grain boards, excuse my stupidity but if I do not ask I will not learn what do you mean by “milling” the pieces.

-- Rautenbach,South Africa

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sras

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#13 posted 12-14-2009 08:50 PM

That’s a good question Rautenbach. It is easy for me to forget just how many people get to view what we post here. If you have a question, I am sure that many others have the same question.
When I use the term “milling” I am referring to getting the pieces to their final length, width and thickness. It is a term that is used mostly when one is using milling machines for cutting metal (hence the term “milling”!)

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 12-14-2009 09:07 PM

Thank you sras when you mill the wood you put it through your planer for thickness and width?

-- Rautenbach,South Africa

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sras

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#15 posted 12-14-2009 09:59 PM

Yes I do. Rough cut with the table saw and then a few passes through the planer.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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