Walnut End Grain Cutting Board

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In my trolling of craigslist, I found a guy with a pile of walnut that he was letting go for really cheap… so I picked up an 8’ walnut 4×4… but then I had no idea what I was going to do with it.

Standard logic kicked in, and I cut up a bit of it into chunks and made yet another (fairly boring) cutting board.

I haven’t really done end grain before, so this was a fun, new, experience.

It’s made from 16, 3.25” x 3.25” x 1.5” blocks. I tried to match the grain a little, just so there was some flow across it.

Side note – When it was done, I was surprised at how light it was… maybe it’s because my last big board (the padauk and jatoba one) weighed in at a solid 10 pounds…

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#1 posted 08-09-2010 01:11 AM

Sweet. Nice Slab-O-Walnut.
You have been a busy boy.

Good job with the grain, I like it.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#2 posted 08-09-2010 02:15 AM

I like the design.
Walnut is a feather compare to Jatoba

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#3 posted 08-09-2010 03:36 AM

Welcome to the Board club, the secret handshake will be sent to you ASAP Nice work.

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

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#4 posted 08-09-2010 03:37 AM

Very cool ! I find myself using end grain all the time.
Nice Board! Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#5 posted 08-09-2010 04:54 AM

per usual, steve, you’re far too kind :) i had very little going on this weekend… so i figured i would put a few things together.

ryan – tell me about it… compared to jatoba, this feels like it might float away at any moment.

ken – a secret handshake you say? i’ll be waiting by the mailbox for my membership card!

woodenfrog – thanks again! i didn’t realize how nice end grain really is… perhaps i’ll start using it all the time too!

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#6 posted 08-09-2010 08:10 AM

WOW!! I would have never thought to make an end grain cutting board out of walnut only! I really like it, great job!!!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#7 posted 08-09-2010 01:09 PM

I like the way you used the grain. Nice board.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#8 posted 08-09-2010 03:42 PM

I like the wavy flow of the grain. It reminds me of water, maybe a river, or the tide of the ocean.

It doesn’t appear to have feet or handles. Will you be adding either one so that it’s easier to pick up?

Did you finish it with mineral oil, or SBF, or maybe just some beeswax?

Good looking board! I’d like to experiment with all walnut as well, incorporating in some sapwood for contrast.

Nice score on the wood, by the way!

-- 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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#9 posted 08-09-2010 03:52 PM

I think that turned out Great. I like the wavy pattern it created, and it’s more subtle than many, easier on the eyes to use as a cutting board.


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#10 posted 08-09-2010 04:51 PM

A finger safe cutting board?
It looks great and I don’t get cross eyed looking at it.
Thanks for posting.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#11 posted 08-09-2010 06:19 PM

Looks good to me. Nice job!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#12 posted 08-09-2010 06:24 PM

This looks really good. Walnut is such a gorgeous wood to work with and it has such a warm look to it. This may be a monotone board but it is far from being boring.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#13 posted 08-09-2010 08:46 PM

Beauty, eh.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#14 posted 08-10-2010 03:48 AM

Ziggitty zoinks, yo. Thanks for all the lovin’ :) you guys are like the nicest people ever.

Jonathan – I really haven’t been putting feet or handles on my boards… Not sure why, but I’m not a fan for whatever reason… I will be putting a 3/8” round on all of the edges, which actually gives your fingers enough space under the board to pick it up easily.

Also, this one currently has no finish. I’m debating the best thing to finish it with, because I oiled a small part of it and it turned almost completely black… Which was kinda unappealing. Suggestions?

Lumberdustjohn – I’m not sure what that means :)

Seriously, thanks again for all of the comments… I honestly didn’t expect this sort of reaction to what (in my eyes) was something fairly mundane.

-- I want to be a space ship when I grow up.

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#15 posted 12-15-2011 03:31 AM

That Walnut is just beautiful and you did a fine job with the grain : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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