First End grain cutting board

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Project by Szczuldo posted 11-20-2010 08:04 PM 1803 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After getting my first real saw, the Grizzly G0715P, I wanted a project to get used to the saw. I figured a cutting board will be a fairly good project, not to mention it’ll give me some practice with my glueups. Sadly I don’t have a picture of the initial glue-up, it looked quite ugly and after I planed it down everyone I live with was shocked at how nice it was looking.

In the end, not everything lined up perfectly, but I was using oak flooring and many small pieces at that so I’m not entirely surprised. Overall though I am very pleased with how it turned out. I decided to keep the edges un-rounded to go with the rest of the straight lines on the board. There are 5 pieces that are darker than the rest, I’m not entirely sure why, some of them were burned from the crosscuts but figured the belt sander took care of most of that.

So i made this board for myself, but as it turns out today is my girlfriends aunt’s birthday. Her husband enjoys working with wood and she’s an amazing cook. She already has a butcher-block island but I did not have a gift for her. So before I even got a chance to use it it’s already gone. Gives me an excuse to make another.

I have a short blog about this piece for those who want to read more and see more pictures.

The woods used were oak and walnut. 4th picture is pre mineral oil finish. Since this was my first cutting board I figured I’d keep the finish simple. Next time I might try adding some bees wax to the mix.

-- -Alexei

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#1 posted 11-20-2010 08:24 PM

Well another member in the Cutting Board club! Congrats, the secret hand shake will be sent! There are some amazing members doing some crazy borads! Degoose, Spalm, Blackcherry, DocT, Childress, & jayman7 and many more. I can only remember a few, been working all night & getting tired.

You did a great job on your first board no doubt. The one lesson or tip given to me from a cpl of masters is, ”Keep an eye on grain orientation” thus when doing your first and 2nd cuts keep them in EXACT order. As you cut them place them down the same way and keep them in order. This helps when you do the last glue up and all the grain will flow across the board and not change directions.

Agian great job look fwd to seeing more, I have made over 50 and just got 3 more orders for x-mas. Have a great weekend.

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

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#2 posted 11-20-2010 09:09 PM

Beautiful board, Well done and thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#3 posted 11-20-2010 09:27 PM

well, just got a call saying my gift was received, i was unable to make it due to work. She was thrilled, although did say that it wasn’t perfect, which i knew going into it. None the less, she appreciated it.

I did put the pieces in a giant pile to the right of the fence on my table saw as I was cutting them, so I had my work cut out for me when I was putting it together. I like what is going on in the middle between the 2 walnut strips though and that was intentional.

For my next one, I will make sure I do not move the fence before making all the cuts…which is why the walnut is off center.

-- -Alexei

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#4 posted 11-20-2010 11:16 PM

Nice looking board! I like the story on how long you got to keep it – I wonder how long you will get to keep the next one…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-21-2010 01:44 AM

great looking cutting board!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#6 posted 11-21-2010 07:58 AM

Very nice board.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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