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Project by Ben posted 1137 days ago 1930 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a couple of end grain cutting boards to sell for charity. After doing some research I decided to go with edge grain instead. I don’t have any planes or a drum sander and I have read lots of advice in regards to end grain through the planer. This is my first project milled from rough stock. I had a good time with the jointer and planer. I used Ryan’s (http://lumberjocks.com/projects/47568) design without the petal inlay obviously and added an undercut for handles. The woods are Maple and African Mahogany, finished with mineral oil. Thanks for looking.

-- Ben in Houston





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Jonathan

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#1 posted 1137 days ago

I like the straightforward approach that you took on this board and I think it turned out nicely. I like the look (as well as the extra joint strength) of the inset handles.

Did you make several of these then?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Ben

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#2 posted 1137 days ago

Thanks Jonathan,
I made two of them this time. I sold the first one to a co-worker for a charity called Junior Achievement. I gave this one to my mother in law.

I had a few more people at work show interest and tell me that if i made more they would like to buy them so maybe i will make a couple more pretty soon.

-- Ben in Houston

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#3 posted 1137 days ago

What are the overall dimensions of this? I think I’d like to make one like it!

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#4 posted 1137 days ago

Nice, Ben. It has a very clean look. Clean is always good when describing a cutting board!

-- Chris Wong -- http://flairwoodworks.wordpress.com --

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bibb

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#5 posted 1136 days ago

nice look but be careful with the grain direction on the handles, long grain in that orientation can be prone to breaking.

-- "Imagination is more important than knowledge" Bibb in CO at http://katanadesign.com

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#6 posted 1136 days ago

bibb, you’re suggesting he should’ve made it more like a breadboard end, correct? That makes sense. Maple as the tongue and the groove in the mahogany, right?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Ben

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#7 posted 1136 days ago

Thanks for the suggestions and comments. The board is approx. 11×17 x 1.5”. I see how there could be a problem if you were to put some torque on a handle. Looks like it could snap right off. I don’t think it will ever see that kind of stress in that area, but I never even thought about it. That would not be good on a piece of furniture or something. Thanks for the tip.

-- Ben in Houston

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#8 posted 1077 days ago

I think what bibb is suggesting is that a glue joint such as this will fail from wood movement across the maple. From periodic high moisture in use and cleaning to very dry afterwards, my guess is the maple will crack at the ends. At 1 1/2”, when it does, it will go off like a pistol shot.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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