First end-grain cutting board

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Project by JoeinDE posted 934 days ago 1080 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.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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#1 posted 934 days ago

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

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#2 posted 934 days ago

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

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#3 posted 934 days ago

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

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#4 posted 934 days ago

wonderful work a super looking board.

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#5 posted 933 days ago

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 933 days ago

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.

-- A bad craftsmen blames his cheap #$%ing tools

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