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End-Grain Cutting Board for Grandma

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Project by Matt posted 08-25-2011 06:03 PM 1177 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife got the idea that I should make some quality cutting boards for the women in our family for Christmas this year. This is the one I just finished for my grandmother. The cross and border and black walnut with cherry extnions. Surrounding the cross is red oak followed by hard maple and another band of red oak on top and bottom. It’s finished with a mixture of mineral oil, carnuba wax, and beeswax.

There’s got to be an easier way to put these things together other than cutting/gluing each individual piece and then sanding to ensure a perfect fit. I’m open to any and all ideas.

-- Matt





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Alan S

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#1 posted 08-25-2011 08:19 PM

End-grain cutting boards with a more abstract pattern can be made with two glue-ups. First, rip long narrow strips of wood and glue them side by side with colors varying as desired. Next, crosscut strips from the glued-up assembly and rotate them so the end-grain is up. Finally, glue these strips together as desired.

With your pattern, that is a little difficult, but you could use the above process to create the 4 “quadrants” in your design of maple and red-oak. Now you have much less work to assemble the entire piece at the end. Does that make sense?

Nice job, by the way!

Alan

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Matt

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#2 posted 08-25-2011 08:52 PM

Yes, it makes perfect sense and I wish I had thought of it before-hand. For some reason I like to come up with the hardest way to do something first….

Thanks! I’ve got 5 more to do with different patterns so hopefully they’ll go a lot smoother.

-- Matt

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Alan S

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#3 posted 08-25-2011 08:57 PM

No sweat. I was convinced cutting a bunch of little pieces and gluing them together was the only way to do this too until I was the Wood Whisperer’s video about an end grain cutting board.

Frankly, it might actually be quicker to do what you did, because the way I described it, you have to sand your glue-ups flat TWICE. That wasn’t the easiest thing for me to get accomplished.

Alan

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amagineer

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#4 posted 08-27-2011 02:25 AM

Nice Job on the aligning of the pattern. I try to stay away from red oak in end grain CB’s because it is porous. It is worth spending a little more time developing a CB design to make it easier to assemble.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Matt

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 08:36 PM

Thanks. I have to say I agree with you on the oak…I’m not sure I’ll be using it for CBs much anymore.

-- Matt

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