My Son Made These!!!

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Project by cracknpop posted 05-29-2017 01:31 AM 2380 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son asked if he could make a gift for his music teacher. I had just come across JL7’s project, , and Simon immediately said it was perfect. He was also quick to inform me he wanted my advice but he wanted “to do it myself”. That wasn’t going to be a problem as I had never made an end grain cutting board either. Big thanks to JL7 for sharing his plans and to the many LJ posts about making/finishing end grain cutting boards.

The boards are maple and walnut. We started with planing boards to JL7’s measurements, except we used 2” and 3” boards instead of a slew of 1”. We glued up in blocks of 4 keys and 3 keys, squared them up, then glued the blocks together with the long thin strips as one piece. The walnut strips were made by laminating three 7” boards, again to avoid using a bunch of 1” pieces. (I am not against the 1” pieces, just thought the fewer pieces to glue up would be better for a first project.). Used drum sander to 150. Wetted them down to raise the grain and then sanded to 180. Wetted/sanded again. Then mineral oil until soaked through. Finished board size is 12” x 10.75” x 1.25”.

Words cannot express how proud I am of my son. This was a great learning project for both of us, especially teaching me to step back and not think I have to do it myself. I did advise him to make plenty of extra pieces and he ended up with more than enough for 3 complete boards. He also included a few of his classmates to help in the glue up and sanding processes so they could share in the gift to their band director. As expected, they were a major hit.

I am curious if any LJs have an idea why the glue lines show in the walnut on just one of the cutting boards, and also significantly more on one side compared to the other. (see last picture above)

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#1 posted 05-29-2017 01:48 AM

Great job, pass it on to your son Rick.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-29-2017 01:48 AM

Congratulations to your son !
Beautiful boards and great detail on the key board layout with all the keys perfectly placed .
As to the glue lines I would guess that the individual boards are not matching perfectly .


-- Kiefer

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#3 posted 05-29-2017 02:06 AM

That is awesome, and you have every right to be proud. Hard to find youngsters now days that are interested in making wooden things. Way to go Simon. He did an outstanding job.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 05-29-2017 03:30 AM

Very nice key boards! I think your son is on his way to doing great things in the shop! Knowing how proud your dad is of you is Priceless! I know you music teacher will love this gift! Nice work guys!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#5 posted 05-29-2017 11:55 AM

Thank you everyone for your kind comments.

As to the glue lines I would guess that the individual boards are not matching perfectly .


- kiefer

Klaus, I wondered that too, but we glued three boards together, then cut 1 1/2” pieces to turn on end and glued up for the large walnut section. Would be very coincidental for all the mis-matched glue joints to end up on one side of one board. I also thought he might have used different glue on that board, but that would’ve resulted in every 3rd joint being different. It has me puzzled.

-- Rick - I know I am not perfect, but I will keep pressing on toward the goal of becoming all I am called to be.

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#6 posted 05-29-2017 12:23 PM

very cool. good time together and i’m sure the his music teacher was stoked

-- Two is One, One is None

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#7 posted 05-29-2017 01:38 PM

These cutting boards are so nice and very creative. Your son did a great job on these.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 05-29-2017 06:06 PM

as to the glue lines on one side, I would suggest a slightly off 90 degree table saw blade. when you cut the pieces to turn up for the end grain, and if you glued them back to back, it would definitely show the glue. Another option is slightly more pressure on either the top or bottom clamps. I’ve had the slightly off 90 degree situation before. You almost have to do test cuts and bump them up against each other to see if they lay flat and leave no gap.

Be careful, the boards are addictive, and expensive unless you have a good supply of nice wood. I use Walnut/Cherry, and mostly maple.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#9 posted 05-29-2017 06:22 PM

Hey Rick – Simon did an amazing job on those boards….WOW! That is so cool he has the woodworking bug. This is not the easiest end grain board to practice on, but he hit it out of the park! Thanks for the shout out….

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#10 posted 05-29-2017 06:28 PM

Good Golly, outstanding, just outstanding. What an accomplishment for a first project.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#11 posted 05-29-2017 07:58 PM

A fine looking cutting board—Simon did some great work, especially for his first project! I’ll bet his music teacher loves it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#12 posted 05-30-2017 05:56 AM

A great gift and nicely made.


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#13 posted 05-30-2017 03:18 PM

Nice gift –
Planning on one of these, for my daughters music (orchestra) teacher

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#14 posted 05-30-2017 03:26 PM

Very nice work.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#15 posted 05-30-2017 03:37 PM

BEAUTIFUL gift for a Music Teacher ….keep up the great work teaching your trade …your son will be very grateful for info someday …. GREAT JOB Simon :<)) GRATZ TOP 3 you deserve it


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