I still like making end grain cutting boards

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Project by Philzoel posted 04-09-2012 12:25 AM 3706 views 21 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I gave 12 boards away over Christmas and everyone, I mean every one, loved them. I still get compliments on them.

This is a repeat with more precision and balance of lines of purpleheart. 1st one had even spacing this one is more balanced.

The finish I have worked on is easy and bbs (baby butt smooth). Butcher block poly cut with 40% mineral spirits. Sand original to 320 and wipe on poly mixture with paper towel. No runs. Next day sand out with 400 grit. Repeat for 3 coats. Finish sanding with 600 or more. BBS. This finish soaks in mostly so there is no build up which is what I want. Cutting board finish I think should be thin and into the wood. No build up.

Hard maple purplehart 12×18x1.25”.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 01:16 AM

Very chic design. They are addicting.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 04-09-2012 06:24 AM

Very nice design….I am the same way with band saw boxes….can’t make enough of them

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 05:22 PM

I really like the look of these endgrain cutting blocks. So much so, that I am planning one of my own in the near future! I always wondered about the best finish and your info demystified that pretty well.
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#5 posted 04-10-2012 12:26 AM

I prefer making end grain boards. I love the one you made!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#6 posted 04-10-2012 05:34 AM

Very clean and very classy. Nice work!

-- Marcos, California

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