End Grain Maple Cutting Board

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Project by John posted 2423 days ago 2007 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a production line going in December to give them out as Christmas gifts. Think I made ten of these. Recipients said they like them. Hard maple was dimensioned into square blanks about two feet long. Glued up eight book matched blanks at a time. Crosscut them into strips. A pass or two over the jointer going cross grain to flatten them then glued them into cutting boards. You have to be very careful jointing cross grain cause its easy to blow off the trailing edge corners when your finishing a pass. The best glue ups with the least amount of surface leveling afterwards were with three pairs of cauls to keep it all straight. Finished with three or four coats of Generals Salad Bowl Finish.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#1 posted 2423 days ago

These came out great. Unusual pattern.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#2 posted 2423 days ago

Great gifts. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#3 posted 2423 days ago

Thanks guys. I like the pattern that emerged from that brown streak. Gave this one to my mother in law. She said “It’s so nice looking I don’t want to cut on it.” I asked her to please abuse it and let me know how it holds up.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#4 posted 2423 days ago

That’s a great looking cutting board. The heartwood-sapwood contrast looks great. It reminds me of the hickory cutting boards I make. You did a great job of laying out your pieces so that you ended up with great looking patterns. Well done.

-- -Justin, New Hope, MN

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#5 posted 2423 days ago

Great layout on the boards. the patterns and colors look great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 2423 days ago

Real nice, guess I’m going to put more thought into my up coming cutting board project after seeing so many great ones.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#7 posted 2423 days ago

Great boards. Fantastic pattern!

Must have been a lot of sanding.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 2423 days ago

What a great idea for a cutting board I will have to make soon! very nice attention to detail!

God Bless,

-- Saving barnwood from the scrapyards

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#9 posted 2423 days ago

Wow that’s a beauty! I like the shine too.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#10 posted 2423 days ago

stunning. my favourite cutting board thus far, I think (although it is hard to choose)
Love the design that you were able to create.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 2423 days ago

Great! You do nice work.

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#12 posted 2423 days ago

You don’t see many of these with all the same wood… You really see the variations in the grain. (Not to mention the beautiful spalting pattern). That is a very attractive board.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#13 posted 2422 days ago

Very cool design. Nice looking board. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#14 posted 2421 days ago

That’s a nice board. It looks heavy.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#15 posted 2421 days ago

wow that looks great. very natural.

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