First End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by cdbridge39 posted 11-07-2011 08:31 PM 3511 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first end grain cutting board. It was a little challenging after I made the first cut and turned them to glue up the end grain pieces. They wanted to slide around a bit, I had use clamp blocks on the top and bottom. After a lot of planing and sanding I think it turned out ok. I played around with the pattern a little, I think that I liked the first pattern the best but I went with the other one. The wood is cherry, maple, purpleheart and yellowheart. The finish is two coats of mineral oil. I also routed finger holds on the end and it measures about 12×12 x 1 1/4 thick.

-- 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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#1 posted 11-07-2011 08:38 PM

Welcome to the CB club. You did a nice job. I like the first pattern better also. I noticed you used Titebond 2 glue which is water resistent. If I may make a suggestion, use titebond 3 glue, because it is waterproof and may hold up longer and it has a longer setup time.

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

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 09:04 PM

Welcome to the club! I like the first pattern better also, but their is nothing wrong with this one. So how many more can we expect to see in the future? They seem to be addictive.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 09:23 PM

Good job. I’m finishing up my first one as we speak. Putting a couple coats of mineral oil right now. I think they will make great christmas presents.

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 10:40 PM

Great job on the cutting board. Your patterns are great. I have made a few myself but I am more of a random wild card pattern. The thing about cutting boards is you need to be mindful of the types of wood you use. Spallted maple for instance is toxic to humans b/c of the spalting is caused by a fungus. Also use finishes that are safe for cutting boards like salad bowl finish or butcher block oil or even mineral oil like you used. Titebond III is a glue approved safe for food surfaces and like “amaganeer” stated above it will hold longer against water. Make sure you have a rubber foot or something to elevate it above water so you don’t wake up one morning to a “cracked” cutting board. Great job and I hope to see more in the future.

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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