Walnut and Maple End-Grain Cutting Board

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Project by KnotCurser posted 04-21-2010 01:57 AM 5125 views 24 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was created to be a gift for my neighbors to say “Thanks” for watching our pets while we were on vacation.

Board measures 11×16 inches and is 1 1/4 inches thick. For the “bricks”, I used two inch thick pieces of walnut for the first glue-up – this thing has to weigh over 8 pounds! The “mortar” is Rock Maple.

Always wanted to try this pattern and it seemed like a perfect match as my neighbor is a professional chef with the coast guard.

Cutting and glue-ups went very smooth as did the final sanding on my V-Drum sander. Didn’t want to distract from the pattern with any fancy borders so I just did a slight angle on the edges and left it at that.


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#1 posted 04-21-2010 02:05 AM

very nice. I did one of these recently. I saw it on an old post here. I used 3/4” stock and flat grain. Your looks sturdy!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 04-21-2010 05:21 AM

I am sure he will love it, very nice

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#3 posted 04-21-2010 05:31 AM

Cool work it looks super.

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#4 posted 04-21-2010 06:26 AM

Very creative, a refreshing switch from the patterns usually seen. I take it the two end rows are one original row cut in half?

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 11:11 AM


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#6 posted 04-21-2010 11:24 AM

You will have no shortage of offers to watch your pets in future !


-- Don't complain about growing old, it's a priviledge denied many...

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#7 posted 04-21-2010 12:12 PM


Actually the two end rows COULD have been a single piece, but they weren’t. The board came out way too long and I decided to cut the two ends in half for a better visual effect. Good eyes though! :-)


Unfortunately, I just found out that the Coast Guard is moving them to another state further down the coast – best neighbors we ever had…......sigh. Oh well – live in the present and miss them later.


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#8 posted 04-21-2010 12:43 PM

wow, gorgeous looking cutting board. You did too good of a job, no one will want to use it.

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

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#9 posted 04-21-2010 12:52 PM

Very nice.
Nice contrast of colors

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#10 posted 04-21-2010 12:57 PM

Chase – I have had many people say the same thing on my previous boards. I tell them all the same statement:

“Cut on one side – display the other” It’s a cutting board – you HAVE to cut on it or it will get a complex! ;-)

Thanks for all the good words everyone!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 04-21-2010 01:46 PM

I really like this pattern and wood choice. The “subway tile” look is really sharp. Great design and nicely built.

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#12 posted 04-21-2010 02:13 PM

Very different pattern, I like it. Can’t remember one looking like this nice job.

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

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#13 posted 04-21-2010 02:24 PM


This was actually inspired by another LJ – kine97/Theresa.

Take a look at her work here –

All I did was change it to an end-grain board.

Thanks for the compliment!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#14 posted 04-21-2010 04:55 PM

Beautiful design and very well made.
Thanks for sharing with us.
I made one with this pattern too a long time ago:

-- Not my woodworking

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#15 posted 04-21-2010 07:09 PM

I’ve seen one or two other patterns like this, as referenced above.

I still like the “brick and mortar” look though for something different.

Nice proportion/symmetry here as well!

-- 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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