|Project by shulmey||posted 05-31-2011 05:56 AM||3205 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
It’s my second woodworking project ever, an end grain cutting board made of maple, walnut, yellowheart, and padauk. (I wouldn’t use padauk again for my next one, read why below).
First off, I have to give crazy amounts of credit where it’s due. dewoodwork gave a lot of my inspiration for this project, and a pretty awesome step by step process for what he’s done.
Next, props to Marc Spagnuolo (thewoodwhisperer.com) for some really helpful tips on making end grain cutting boards and a great discussion on his site about finishes for boards. His recommended method has held up very well under my knife for the last month!
I made a couple changes from De’s process. My board was slightly larger than his, which means I couldn’t use my planer after the initial planing of the boards. There was LOTS of sanding involved in order to make the layers flat…
If I were doing it again, I would definitely not cut the boards to 10 inches until after I had gotten them to the correct thickness. It felt a bit unsafe putting such short boards through the planer and you end up planing about 6 times as many boards. I also wouldn’t use padauk again. It is by far the dustiest of woods I’ve ever worked with, so you end up with red sawdust on absolutely EVERYTHING. I would probably use something like purpleheart or bloodwood to get the second dark color if i was going to do it again.