First End Grain Cutting Board and Bandsawn Box

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Project by omextreme posted 12-26-2011 05:04 AM 2756 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to try my hand at building a end grain cutting board for a family member for Christmas. I must say quite fun. I cannot wait to try out some of my own ideas for patterns. I also just had to try out the new band saw and had this air dried log chunk just sitting in the corner so I cut out a chunk and built my first box. I think i could become addicted to box building. My only regret with this first box was using crummy $5 hinges from rocker. They were definitely a poor choice. Anyone recommend a better place to get quality hinges for boxes?

The board is finished with a oil / wax premix from rocker and the box a gel stain with a water based poly hand rubbed to a semi gloss with 4/0 wool.

I think the box was some sort of maple and the cutting board is rock maple, black walnut, and Bubinga

Thanks for looking

Edited to add how the basket weave pattern is made

and to clarify, not my original design, I saw this on lumberjocks from another member.

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 05:50 AM

both Very nice, good work

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 08:15 AM

Nice projects very well done.

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 09:32 AM

Very nice, both of them.
I used “smartHinges” which are very nice and super-easy to install (may not be a major factor for you, judging from your projects…). Ordered them online. Then again, they are the only hinges I have used, so I wouldnt know what others are like. I understand that Brusso hinges are a benchmark of sorts. Both smartHinges and Brussos cost quite alot, which may or may not be an issue. I made one box for my daughter, so the extra cost was not a problem.

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 12:11 PM

Nive looking CB and box.

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#5 posted 12-26-2011 03:08 PM

Both very cool. Love the pattern on the cutting board.

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#6 posted 12-26-2011 03:41 PM

I really like your cutting board. Am still trying to figure out the pattern….


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#7 posted 12-26-2011 07:22 PM

I had never seen an end grain open weave before. Very, very nice.
Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 12-27-2011 04:43 AM

That board is sweet.
It seems like you enjoyed it, so it will be fun to watch what you do next.

I hate hinges,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 12-29-2011 04:55 AM

nice Cutting board. iI’ve made quite a few in the last few years, but none with the basket look. Any chance you can share how you did it. lloks great.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#10 posted 12-29-2011 05:36 AM

I will try to post additional pictures of the components but basically I took maple and planed it to 1/2” thick by 3” wide and a long enough to make all the pieces. To that I laminated 3/16” x 3” strips of walnut to both sides of the maple. When that was set I ran them through the drum sander to bring the thickness to 3/4” The bubinga was cut to 3/4” x 3/4” and the whole thing was glued up in 1 run. Hopefully the soon to be posted pics can explain better.

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#11 posted 12-29-2011 01:12 PM

Cant wait to try it. looking forward to the pics. My wife was looking over my shoulder when i was looking at this cutting board and said, “How come you never made any like this one before?”, so, as you can imagine, now i gotta make one.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#12 posted 12-29-2011 07:07 PM

Love the board.
Thanks for posting

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#13 posted 12-30-2011 08:47 AM

i added a rough illustration to show the pattern. the key is to make the laminated strips have a dimension of X by 3X and the filler squares X by X. mine were supposed to be 1.5 x .5 and .5 x .5 they were actually slightly smaller due to a error for the pictured board X = .473 thankful for my digital calipers in this case.

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#14 posted 01-02-2012 05:53 PM, you glued up piece by piece? Was the glue up stressful? I can only imagine. Did you glue half of it, and then go back to do the rest?? once again nicely done.

-- measure once, cut twice.

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#15 posted 01-02-2012 06:41 PM

all at once!

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