My 2nd attempt at a cutting board

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This is the 2nd end grain board i have put together.. quite a slow process for me as I’m just getting in to it
. This one is made out of black walnut and poplar.

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#1 posted 03-22-2017 04:52 AM

Nice pattern! Good tight seams. It’ll go faster the more you do.


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#2 posted 03-22-2017 12:21 PM

Excellent job! It’s better than my second end grain.

May I respectfully suggest you use maple instead of poplar? Hopefully the big difference in the density of the poplar and walnut will not result in so much movement that it checks.

In case you haven’t figured this out, you can speed up the process and come out with a perfectly flat board by planing the end grain in your planer. The naysayers say you can’t do it, but they’re WRONG.

I’ve made dozens and never lost one, because I glue sacrificial strips on each end of the board. That keeps the actual ends of the board from splitting out. Take only a small amount with each pass, then clean up the planer’s marks, if any, with 80 grit sandpaper. I use a 6” Festool and it’s a quick job. It’s surprising how smooth the end grain gets with 80 grit.

Now your challenge is to incorporate grain into your design plan, in addition to continuing your color changes.

-- Dale

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