End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by John Hansen posted 05-02-2017 02:09 PM 3760 views 10 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cutting board I made about 7 years ago. It is made with Walnut, Cherry and Maple (640 pieces). All the pieces were cut on the table saw and are orientated to be end grain on the board. I imbedded magnets into the corners to hold the knife when you need an extra hand. The outside is trimmed using the cut-offs from the same 3 woods, the finish board measures 12” x 20” x 1 3/4”. I took my wife a very long time to finally use it because she liked the way it looked and didn’t want to “ruin” it. After some coaxing from me that changed and we both use it all the time now.

-- John Hansen

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Charlie Kilian

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#1 posted 05-02-2017 02:13 PM

Wow. That’s a beautiful take on an oft-built project. The details on the edges make it quite unique. Amongst so many beautiful end grain cutting boards, it’s hard to stand out, but this one does. Well done.

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#2 posted 05-02-2017 02:48 PM

I totally understand your wife not wanting to use that cutting board. It’s more a work of art than cutting board. It’s fantastic!

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#3 posted 05-02-2017 03:40 PM

Very nice.

-- Common Sense is the study of the obvious. Everyone should take Obvious 1001 and Obvious 1002 their freshman year.

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#4 posted 05-02-2017 04:36 PM

This board is so beautiful and nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Ron Smith

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 06:59 PM

Really beautiful! I would lose my mind with all those little pieces :-)

-- Thank God for sawdust... Ron. TX resident...

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 07:53 PM

nice work

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#7 posted 05-02-2017 08:08 PM

Question, I just purchased a compound sliding miter saw. Do you think it would be easier to cut it on that or on the table saw?

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John Hansen

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#8 posted 05-02-2017 10:08 PM

Question, I just purchased a compound sliding miter saw. Do you think it would be easier to cut it on that or on the table saw?

- LDO2802

I cut the angles of each piece on the table-saw into strips of about 24” long each, then I cut them to length using a miter gauge on the table saw. Cutting all of the angles with a compound miter saw at the dimensions I did (pretty small) would be too dangerous. No project is worth getting hurt over. I used a lot of feather boards and push sticks just to keep my hands at a safe distance. A sliding compound miter saw is a must have for any shop, but it has its limitations. Be careful with all your tools and try not to take short cuts. Purchasing the most expensive table saw money can buy is cheaper than losing a finger (in my opinion).

-- John Hansen

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 10:25 PM

It’s delightful to see someone go one step beyond and you Sir did.
My hat’s off to you.

-- Mike in SoCal

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#10 posted 05-03-2017 12:13 AM

very nice work, thank you for sharing.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 05-03-2017 12:24 AM

Thats awesome.

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#12 posted 05-03-2017 03:20 AM

Super nice board / workmanship!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 05-03-2017 12:20 PM

The edge is that step beyond, where some would just like to have had the thought, let alone the skill to pull it off. I am one of the some. Truly beautiful piece.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#14 posted 05-03-2017 02:13 PM

Nice board.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#15 posted 05-03-2017 04:43 PM

Realy beautiful board. The edge pattern is what realy amaizes me.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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