End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Mark posted 09-11-2011 12:56 AM 2117 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I followed the instructions (mostly) on to make this end grain cutting board. I made so many mistakes – and enjoyed every one of them! Somehow I was able to work around them. Like, my checkered pattern ended up not being exactly checkered because I didn’t cut the widths the same… but the pattern turned out interesting. I burned the wood – and ended up getting a new blade for my table saw (Forrest WW II) that made things a WHOLE lot better.

I learned how to use the router properly after my first set of rounded edges ended up creating the groove on the bottom of the board. Again, not what I was going for, but ended up looking nice. I used a block plane for the first time… and got some tear out at the ends of the wood… so I had to do some digging to find out what I was doing wrong.

But – favorite part is I used my table saw for the first time on this project (a barely used BT3100 I got off a co-worker for $100). All in all – a fun project – and leaves me wanting to start my next project and buy more tools and learn how to use them properly!

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 01:41 AM

never worry about burn on the crosscut. It will always sand out. Good looking board. What finish did you use?

-- Al Carscadden, Panga Design,

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#2 posted 09-11-2011 01:45 AM

I’m going to use mineral oil on it, and then probably parrafin wax, too.

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#3 posted 09-11-2011 02:36 AM

Nice board

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#4 posted 09-11-2011 02:53 AM

I think it turned out good. Keep up the good work.

-- If it ain't broke don't fix it, if you fix it make it better than it has to be.

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 04:10 AM

Funny I did one of these and had a number of problems but it too turned out ok and I enjoyed doing it. Will have to post it when I get some pics. Good job!!

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#6 posted 09-13-2011 02:06 PM

good looking CB. The pattern looks fine, it gives it uniqueness. As to the finish, I found a small crockpot at a tag sale and keep my mineral oil and beeswax mixture in it. I just heat up the mixture and apply.

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

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