Well, it turns out that the family members that didn’t receive one of the end grain boards last year were a little bummed, so I made these 3 for holiday gifts. They measure about 12” x 18”. Two of them are 1-3/4” thick and the third is 1-1/4” thick (I got a little overzealous with the rips for the first 2 to make them nice and thick, and almost ran out of material). I decided to try some species that I had not yet worked with; yellowheart and cherry. The other species include walnut, maple, mahogany and purple heart on one of them. For what it’s worth, I don’t own a power planer, so I thicknessed and jointed every board by hand. I had a real sense of pride for a while, but that ol’ Union #7 is one heavy dude. If I ever go into the butcher block business, a power planer will be the first investment. I finished them with walnut oil, and I am very happy with how they look. The walnut oil really brought out the brilliance of the grains without making them too dark. Here’s the best part… I’m done with an entire week to spare!