End Grain Cutting Boards

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Project by Trackman posted 12-15-2011 07:05 AM 2625 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made five end grain cutting boards for friends and family for Christmas. Suprisingly, the grain on the Osage Orange wood really popped when the mineral oil was applied. Most were made of a combination of Cherry, Walnut and Maple. Once you get the assembly-line system down, things go pretty fast. Unfortunatley, my new Delta Drum Sander fell apart so I did have a lot of hand sanding to do.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 12-15-2011 11:02 AM

Great looking boards, they make great gifts. Which drum sander did have troble with? I’m getting close to buying the delta 18-36 is why I ask.

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

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#2 posted 12-15-2011 02:17 PM

Beautiful boards
Nice color combos and grain.

-- Steve--

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#3 posted 12-15-2011 02:54 PM

Great looking boards! Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 12-15-2011 05:30 PM

Beautiful boards. I’m gonna have to pick up some osage orange now for my next board builds.

You could avoid the hand sanding by using card scrapers. I have found them to be much faster for final surfacing of cutting boards than sanding (mechanized or hand). Having just made my first two end-grain cutting boards, I learned the hard way that using hand planes is NOT a good way to smooth them.


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#5 posted 12-15-2011 11:22 PM

Talk about durable, an endgrain osage orange board.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 12:08 AM


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#7 posted 12-16-2011 02:44 AM

I bought the Delta 31-260X and one of the clips holding the sand paper around drum broke. Their web site was down and I couldn’t (still really haven’t) gotten any help. I noticed that the Delta instruction manual for assembling the unit was very vague also.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 04:48 AM

Looks great! I am working on some end grain cutting boards for Christmas gifts also.

-- Chris - Baltimore, MD

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