Walnut End Grain Cheese Block

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Project by STL posted 12-20-2010 05:03 AM 1484 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I normally saw lumber and build furniture, but I got in the shop recently and built some little odds and ends that I had been wanting to make for a while. I’ve already listed my tortilla press, but here is an end grain block I made as well. I really like the contrast of the white sapwood with the chocolate heartwood. I just love black walnut!

This block was made out of some black walnut that I had in the shop that I rescued from a burn pile! I glued up the widths, surfaced them down, then cut the glued up panel into short lengths. I then glued these pieces together in the pattern you see (sandwiched between wax paper to protect my clamps/bench of course!). The blank was then surfaced smooth and cut to shape on a shop made bandsaw circle jig. I used a 1/4” roundover in the router table to ease the edges, and then followed up with a good hand sanding. I melted paraffin and mineral oil together and applied the blend using a brush and a hair drier to allow the wood to soak it up. It’s amazing how much end grain absorbs! The result is a smooth and attractive (IMHO) block that can serve as either a cheese block or a cutting block. I’ve got this one on ebay to see how it goes.

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#1 posted 12-20-2010 05:22 AM

Very nice work, looks great!

-- -=Den

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#2 posted 12-20-2010 09:42 AM

Looks nice and different!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 10:17 AM

Thats the nice├Ęst cuttingboard i have seen until now.

Well done.

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#4 posted 12-20-2010 02:26 PM

The contrast between sapwood and heartwood make the unique shape of your cutting board even more attractive. It should get lots of attention on E-Bay. Good luck.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#5 posted 12-20-2010 03:45 PM

I like it. Good job with the grain orientation.
I have always wanted to make a round board.
Yours looks great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-21-2010 04:13 AM

Thanks for the kind comments—I appreciate it!

-- Dan Siggers, Alabama,

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 08:11 AM

I like it! Striking

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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