|Project by JeffC||posted 04-05-2012 06:43 AM||2450 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I got tired of our tired and busted cutting board, and wanted an end grain maple butcher block cutting board, but was abashed at the cost of a good one. So I decided to try and make one.
I couldn’t find any two by maple, only 1×2, which caused a little more work then I thought when I first started. A nice side effect, I was able to do a nice basket weave style pattern, as I glued up the stock to 2×2.
One mistake I did make was placing the whole board under the planer to try to flatten it, the vertical end grain at the tail splintered off bad. In hindsight I should have hand planed it. If you notice in the picture the outer blocks are not square, as I had to trim the board a little to make it even and remove the mistake. Rounded over the edges a little, and finished with a butcher block finish.
The results were better then I thought I could do, and we are still using the board. The weight is very nice and heavy. Also having the end grain up, the board still looks like new when cleaned and oiled..