My First End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Paul Pomerleau posted 12-27-2011 11:22 PM 1729 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally… After a year of woodworking, I made my first end-grain cutting board.
I used some walnut, maple and oak that I had in the shop.
I had to build a table saw sled to ensure perfect cuts and sanded it on my home made v-drum sander.
I started with 80 grit, then 150 and ended with 320.
I was blown away at the texture of the wood after using the 320 grit on the drum sander.
I have never felt wood so smooth before. I was very impressed.
I had to build a little jig to route out the finger handles and also had to buy a mouse sander to to get into the handle area.
It didn’t turn out to be the size I wanted.
I wanted 10” x 15” but had to settle with 10” x 10”.
I’ve learned a bit more now on how to measure these things, and also I was winging the cutouts and had no idea about the finished pattern outcome.
It is finished with a few coatings of mineral oil.
My next one will be better.
Now that I got the tools and jigs, they should be coming out of the shop faster.
Once again, I could not have done this without the full support of this incredible site and all of you.
Thanks again to everyone.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#1 posted 12-28-2011 12:40 AM

That looks great Paul. I just picked up some wood to make a cutting board today. I’m going to make it with Maple and Cherry. The Wood Whispers site has some good instructions on making an 18”X12” board. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 12-28-2011 01:00 AM

It’s a winner ,a fine looking board.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-28-2011 05:52 AM

Very Nice CB, love your drum sander!

Bet that knot and wild figure in the walnut board wasn’t easy to tame!!


-- Smitty

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#4 posted 12-28-2011 04:46 PM

Beautiful work, and a custom drum sander to boot. Thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 12-28-2011 05:02 PM

That’s a nice looking board. Looks as if you wove the wood strips like a basket. Nicely done.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#6 posted 12-28-2011 08:18 PM

Really nice board Paul – and a great excuse to pick up more tools :)

I have the same planer as you – curious how you like it? I’ve run ALOT of wood through mine and (knock on wood) it is still doing a good job. Once in awhile the motor won’t start so I have to tap on the little round brush cover and then it fires…..

Also like the v-drum – I thinks I need to build me one some day…...

Looking forward to seeing the next board – because you know you can’t stop now….....


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#7 posted 12-28-2011 09:27 PM

Very nice! Love the pattern

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#8 posted 12-29-2011 06:55 PM

Looks great!
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 03:38 PM

Google…’cutting board designer’ it’s freeware. you will know exactly what you will have BEFORE you start. Simple to use and allows for the kerf. Here’s the link.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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