First end-grain cutting board

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Project by JoeinDE posted 01-01-2012 10:41 PM 1386 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So after quite a few other cutting boards, I decided to try my hand at an end-grain version. I downloaded the cutting board designer software (freeware, very useful) and designed this board. The woods used are mahogany (I think), beech, cherry and walnut. There is a very slight 1/8” round-over on the edges. The “finish” is mineral oil – five coats. There are some interesting looking gum pockets that got exposed Final dimensions are 13” x 15” x 1.25”.

The initial glue-up worked better when done in smaller steps (less slippage) as opposed to trying to glue all of the strips together in one sequence. I used my router planing sled to do the rough flattening followed by my belt sander (80 grit) and my random orbit sander (120, 220, 320). I forgot about the glue and sawdust trick so their is one noticeable gap in the board, but other than that and some accidental beading on the edges I am happy with the way it turned out.


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#1 posted 01-02-2012 01:02 AM

I love end grain cutting boards, your pattern just pleases my eyes, looks great.

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#2 posted 01-02-2012 02:37 AM

nicely done. I keep saying I am going to make one of those router planing skeds.

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#3 posted 01-02-2012 06:15 AM

I just had to comment… this is certainly a nice board..

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#4 posted 01-02-2012 06:20 AM

wonderful work a super looking board.

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 06:58 AM

Wow! The spatial effect created by the center step pattern of dark wood floating in the lighter wood makes it looks bigger than it is. Nice design!

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 03:48 PM

Thanks for the comments. I was hoping that there would be more of contrast between the beech and the cherry, but the “tire track” effect (as my wife calls it) is pleasing to the eye.


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