End grain cutting boards

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Project by Tony Strupulis posted 12-07-2016 10:57 PM 1251 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the Christmas craft show season in full swing, I decided to make some end grain cutting boards to add to my inventory. I’ve made several using maple and walnut, two of my favorite woods. I’ve also made a few more using maple and padauk.

I flattened the end grain boards using my DeWalt belt sander mounted in its sanding frame with an 80 grit belt. It works on the same principle as a hand plane, sort of. It does the job, but I am hoping to justify the purchase of a new Performax sander.

Once I had the boards flat and any twist removed with the belt sander, I routed a 1/4” round over on the edges. Since this is end grain, I took very light cuts and did a climb cut with the router with the speed turned down to the lowest setting. I got really good results with minimal tear out.

I switched to my random orbit sander and worked through the grits to 220 until all scratches were gone. To sand the round overs, I put a 400 grit sanding sponge on my Festool sander. The results were amazing!

The finish is mineral oil.

-- Tony -

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#1 posted 12-08-2016 05:09 AM

Good job Tony. A few months back made my first. Looked a lot like yours. Is that Purple Heart on the first?

-- There's no crying in woodworking. Just measure and cut again.

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#2 posted 12-08-2016 05:19 AM

Great job, beautiful cutting board!

-- Smitty

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#3 posted 12-08-2016 08:02 AM

Good job Tony. A few months back made my first. Looked a lot like yours. Is that Purple Heart on the first?

- MikeSpanky

No, that is padauk. It was orange until I applied mineral oil and it turned a deep red.

-- Tony -

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#4 posted 12-09-2016 12:40 AM

Beautiful boards. I never get tired of seeing these. Great job!

-- AJ

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#5 posted 12-16-2016 03:09 PM

Amazed how you get the maple to light still.

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