|Project by Brandon||posted 01-06-2011 05:27 PM||2210 views||5 times favorited||3 comments|
This winter break I made two end-grain cutting boards out of walnut. These were my first cutting boards since woodshop class in jr. high and my first attempt at the end-grain style. They’re pretty basic, and we’ve seen a million of these on this site, but it’s still an attractive and relatively fun project. Many refer to it as a rite of passage.
The process. For this cutting board, I purchased some 8/4 walnut and ripped it into strips about 2 1/2” wide. Then on the miter saw I cut each piece into blocks 1 1/4” in length, which will be the thickness of the cutting board before smoothing and sanding. Then I glued the blocks together into rows; then glued the rows together one by one until it was all in one piece. I milled the board flat using a router sled and sanded the board up to 320 grit. I used a 1/4” roundover bit on the sides and walnut buttons (screw covers) for the feet. For the finish, I used Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which contains mineral oil mixed with beeswax and carnuba wax—I think it worked pretty well.
Overall dimensions = 14” x 10 1/2” x 1 1/8”.
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