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Project by bmolloy posted 1100 days ago 1211 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second attempt at an end grain cutting board a la the wood whisperer. I am a newbie to woodworking and this looked like a good starter project. My first one turned out pretty good and I modified the design a little for this one. I found the first board to be a little longer than I needed it to be so I made this one slightly thicker and shortened it up a bit. I also added some small feet to the bottom of the board to keep it up off of the countertop. I hope you enjoy!

-Brian





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TroutGuy

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#1 posted 1100 days ago

Nice board!

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#2 posted 1099 days ago

Nice job and welcome to the addiction of making boards! The secret handshake will be sent to you ASAP LOL

With over 120 of them made its always fun to see some new ones posted on here.

Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jonathan

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#3 posted 1099 days ago

That’s a great first project. Looks like it turned out nicely. Do you have any shots of the top so we can get a better view?

Looks like you used one of the classic combinations of walnut and hard maple. Did you use SBF (salad bowl finish)? Kind of looks like it, as the maple didn’t darken up very much, which seems to happen with mineral oil.

The handles are a nice touch, although you don’t necessarily need them if you’ve added feet, as the feet give your hands a place to grab underneath. With that being said, I like the added handles, just saying they’re not a necessity with the feet, as I found out on my first end grain board (feet, with no handles).

Welcome to LumberJocks!

-- 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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woodmandan2

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#4 posted 1099 days ago

Nice job, I like the finish you have on here. Did you hand sand it or put it through a drum sander to get it flat?

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#5 posted 1099 days ago

Well done

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#6 posted 1099 days ago

Great board and I love the way you have dressed the photo..

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bmolloy

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#7 posted 1097 days ago

Thanks for all of the comments guys. It’s nice to have people take a look at your work.

@Jonathan I did use salad bowl finish. The board is a gift for my sister and I didn’t see her reapplying mineral oils to it every month so I thought that the SBF would stand up better over time.

@Woodmandan2 I used an orbital sander to flatten it all out. I think a drum sander would have taken a lot less time though. If I make many more of these I think I will have to invest in one.

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 1096 days ago

bmolloy, The first end grain board I made, I used a belt sander and a ROS. Since making that board, I’ve acquired a drum sander, and it is the ideal tool for end grain boards. It saves a lot of time, and gives you a flat and even surface without much effort at all.

I also used SBF on that board and it has held up well. I applied a lot of thin coats too to get it to soak into the board. I felt like I got pretty good penetration this way. With that being said, I have now taken to using either straight mineral oil, or a mineral oil/beeswax mix, or the Howard’s Board Conditioner that is mineral oil, beeswax, and carnauba wax. If the board gets a lot of use, you might want to recommend the occasional treatment to her using one of these finishes.

-- 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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bmolloy

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#9 posted 1096 days ago

Thanks for the advice Jonathan. If I can convince the wife I will see about a drum sander. The ROS just seemed to take way too long. And now that the word is out it seems like everyone wants one so I will have a few more to make. I am making one for myself next and I might try a new finish. The mineral oil/beeswax sounds interesting. I’ll have to do some more reading.

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 1096 days ago

I have tried a mineral oil/beeswax mixture that is pretty waxy, as it is a solid at room temperature. It’s called George’s Clubhouse Wax. I think it works well, and smells wonderful, like honeycomb. With that being said, if you were to use it, I might suggest laying down several applications of straight mineral oil first, as the George’s doesn’t penetrate very deeply.

If you were to use the Howard’s, you could probably just use that, or maybe apply 1-2-coats of straight mineral oil first. It is a thick liquid at room temperature, so it’s got more mineral oil, and less wax in, compared to the George’s Clubhouse Wax.

Here’s a board I made for my MIL that I used the George’s Clubhouse Wax on.

-- 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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