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Project by sgtq posted 09-25-2011 09:19 PM 1274 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So here is my first cutting board I made to match my earlier wine tilt, I used walnut and curly maple and a judicious amount of sanding. Finished with 3 coats of watco butcher block finish.
Thanks for looking

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lilredweldingrod

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 10:56 PM

Walnut and maple are a hard combination to beat for beauty. Be careful or momma will have you redecorating the entire kitchen in it. Best wishes, Rand

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 11:44 PM

That cutting board is BANANAS! B-A-N-A-N-A-S…

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#3 posted 09-26-2011 12:47 AM

Welcome to the CB club. Nice design with the edge routing and the edge holes.

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

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childress

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 01:28 AM

That is nice looking.

Although…..it’s not end grain

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sgtq

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 02:38 AM

it is end grain childress

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sgtq

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 02:57 AM

or maybe I am confused. I did ask the question “what exactly is an end grain cutting board in the forums recently,” and I was told that my understanding was correct, basically an endgrain cutting board means taking the board cutting it and than flipping all the pieces once and gluing them together. thats exactly what i did with this board. I than planed it, sanded to 400 grit and than finished it. So my definition of endgrain is confused or not someone please enlighten me. Or maybe its sidegrain and everyone on here that posts endgrain cutting boards are also confused, I dont see alot of 12 to 15 inch slabs forsale in the materials that they use for cutting boards. Man now I’m really confused lol.

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lilredweldingrod

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 03:11 AM

sgtq, my understanding is that the end grain is the part at the end of the board. Your beautiful board is actually long grain. To get an end grain cutting board is when after you glue the strips, you cut all the strips about 2 inches long and then stand them on end and glue that until you have the size of board you are looking for.

The long grain boards will show the knife cuts over time, whereas the end grain hides the cuts longer because you are cutting into the end fiber of the wood.

No matter, you still made a beautiful cutting board.

Best wishes, Rand

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sgtq

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 03:47 AM

@ rand, thanks so I guess what most people make on here and label end grain cutting boards are actually long grain as well. I really appreciate the information.

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sgtq

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#9 posted 09-26-2011 04:01 AM

Ok so I just watched our friend “the wood whisperers” video on end grain cutting boards and now know where I went wrong in my understandings, this is definatly a long grain cutting board but I’m glad it turned out looking ok :) Thanks everyone for the info and comments.

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#10 posted 09-26-2011 04:58 AM

Beautiful board in any case, great first effort. Try one of the end grain types ala WW video, same wood, should be just as pretty but entirely different character!

Dale

-- Smitty

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#11 posted 09-26-2011 05:06 AM

You were half way to an end grain board. Next time you will take a rough board glued in the same manner as your project. Rip it into equal strips, and turn the pieces end grain up and re-glue them. Just one more step. Nice looking board. The end grain will give you a more durable longer lasting chopping surface. Supposed to be easier on the knife edge as well.

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#12 posted 09-26-2011 11:42 AM

Not your usual cutting board.. but I like it…

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childress

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#13 posted 09-26-2011 06:58 PM

Yes, Rand explained it well as does the wood whisperer.

This in no way takes away from the beauty and functionality of your board. :)
Even though it might show the knife marks more than an end grain, the advantage you have over most other people is that you’re a woodworker and so you can take it back out to the shop and refinish it if it starts to look worn…

I also wouldn’t worry too much about the surface being harder on the knifes edge as most regular home cooks don’t have very high quality knifes, making a board like this perfect for the home cook….

-- Childress Woodworks

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sgtq

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#14 posted 09-26-2011 11:55 PM

Thanks for the getback childress and the education, I do love this board and more importantly my wife does as well. Thanks to everyone else for the advice and comments.

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