Random end grain cutting boards

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Project by ronstar posted 07-22-2016 11:08 PM 1657 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made some end grain cutting boards from scrap pieces of walnut, cherry, maple and mahogany. Routed juice grooves in the larger boards, cut hand grips in the bottoms, and added some rubber feet. Finished with several coats of mineral oil and 2 coats of beeswax.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#1 posted 07-22-2016 11:35 PM

Great looking set of cutting boards—I like the random nature of them!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 07-23-2016 12:54 AM

Oh I like those. They look like they would have taken a long time to make. Well done.

What type of glue do you use?

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#3 posted 07-23-2016 01:08 AM

Great boards – on my bucket list of things to try. Looks difficult ?

-- Rick --------The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.

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#4 posted 07-23-2016 06:58 AM

These are really beautiful, I’m a little bit jealous!

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#5 posted 07-23-2016 11:02 AM

Thanks guys. They did take some time to make. First I had to get all of my scraps together. Then I made some approx 1.5”x 1.5” x 12” blanks by gluing up the smaller scraps. Then glued those up with the larger scraps. There’s a lot more glue ups with the smaller scraps making an end grain board. My new drum sander did come in handy.

Jeff – I used Titebond 3.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#6 posted 07-23-2016 11:35 AM

It’s my one of favourite patterns so randome. Looks fantastic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 07-23-2016 02:22 PM

Great looking boards Ron! The wood choices are some of my favorites to work with, in a cutting board.
Thanks for posting your work.

Ellery Becnel

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#8 posted 07-23-2016 07:09 PM

Those look like pixelated screens but they are outstanding work!
How did you create the randomness as it appears that there are many different sized pieces?
I would tend to organize them, but that’s just me!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#9 posted 07-23-2016 07:15 PM

Ron, you really did a nice job on these boards. The random nature is very appealing.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#10 posted 07-23-2016 08:20 PM

Thanks guys . oldnovice – I had a lot of different sized pieces. On some, I had to glue up 2-3 pieces just to make a piece for the first glue up. I made about 6 face grain glue ups first, all random. So when I made the edge grain glue ups, I had 12 patterns (6 and flipped) to work together. I hope that makes sense. I’m uploading a few more photos.

Don’t have photos of every step.

There are lots of tutorials online, but these were my steps:

1. Cut scraps
2. Glue up small scraps to 1.5” thick. Strips need to be same length. Random width.
3. Plane/sand strips
4. Glue up / bar clamp 1.5” strips into 12” wide boards. All strips need to be same length. Make several boards with different patterns.
5. Plane/sand strips
6. Crosscut 12” wide boards to 1.5” wide strips, 1.5” thick.
7. Mix up crosscut strips into a variety. Turn strips sideways so end grain is up and glue together. 1.5”thick x 12” wide x16”(or 20”) long
8. Sand
9. Trim edges, Cut juice groove and handles
10. Finish with multiple coats of mineral oil, then beeswax.

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#11 posted 08-20-2016 01:50 AM

great work on these cutting boards, thought they were coasters at first…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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