First End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by hannes posted 03-01-2010 05:41 PM 1881 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my fist attempt at an end grain cutting board. My sister-in-law’s birthday was coming up and i wanted to try make an end grain cutting board. I bought some offcuts (Beech and Kossipo) at a good price and decided to use this, as for maple and walnut was a bit pricey over here and they had no offcuts available. The pattern is not exactly what i had planned, but I was flexible on the pattern and when i made a little mistake i just went with it and in the end the pattern turned out not too bad i think. I’ve learned quite a bit and am sure will be wiser next time around. Thanks for viewing.

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#1 posted 03-01-2010 05:57 PM

I like this “mistake.” What were you going for in your pattern that didn’t work out.

I’m sure she’ll enjoy it, and hopefully put it to good use!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 03-01-2010 05:58 PM

Very nice cutting board.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 03-01-2010 06:26 PM

Its rewarding when a project comes out nice even though we had a different pattern or design in mind.
This turned out very good!
thanks for posting

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#4 posted 03-01-2010 06:42 PM

Pattern turned out great! not your standard checkerboard.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#6 posted 03-01-2010 07:21 PM

Sorry I don’t see a mistake… I do see a great board that reminds me of a basketweave pattern… I like it alot and I would never guess that this is your first… Good job!!

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 01:40 AM

The only mistake I see is your reference to one! The board looks perfect & I wish my first end-grain board had joints that tight! Great attention to detail.

You might want to post dimensions the next time, just to keep us all from asking. ;-)


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#8 posted 03-02-2010 09:25 AM

Mistake? If that was a mistake I want to make a mistake on first cutting board then. Great job!

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 08:00 PM

Cool board nice job!

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

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#10 posted 03-04-2010 03:29 PM

Man, that looks great, from the picture it looks like the alignment of pieces is perfect with no gaps. Good job!

I was about to ask where kossipo was plentiful and maple was pricey, then I saw your location, and it make much more sense. :-)

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#11 posted 03-04-2010 03:50 PM

Yes African woods tend to be more affordable here and fortunately there are some really beautiful woods in Africa and South Africa for that matter. One great benefit of living here.

Thanks for the positive comments everybody. Really great if even your mistakes are seen as features :)

-- Hannes, Cape Town, South Africa

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#12 posted 03-05-2010 09:51 AM

Cool Hannes, well done!!

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#13 posted 06-25-2010 02:25 PM

Flash… nice and tight…

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#14 posted 06-25-2010 07:30 PM

Ah you found the secret. Mistakes are opportunities to create something unique. Well done mate.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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