End grain cutting boards

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Project by workislove posted 07-22-2012 12:06 AM 2288 views 9 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently joined Techshop, a membership based workshop that includes a wood-shop along with many other creative tools. I did not have much experience with woodworking, so I looked around for some simple starter projects. I love to cook, so when I found The Wood Whisperer's cutting board tutorial I knew it was the project for me. These are several finished and partly finished cutting boards I’ve made so far.

The first board is made of maple and cherry and is finished with Emmet’s Good Stuff varnish. For handles I used some cabinet handles found at a local scrap yard, which I attached with all-thread bolts and epoxy.

The second board is maple, cherry and walnut finished with mineral oil and beeswax. After reading through all the controversy over mineral oil vs varnish for cutting boards, I decided to make one of each for my personal use and see for myself how they hold up over time.

The third and fourth boards are the ones I am currently working on, made from the same materials.

These have been a great way to learn how to use basic power tools around the shop, as well as learn about wood grain. I hope to make a few more, trying out different more creative designs. Already I’ve got friends and family asking if I can make them one. After that I hope to move onto making some other household items, working my way up to making some furniture.

I wrote up details of my build, including mistakes I made along the way, at

-- Seth Newsome, CA,

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#1 posted 07-22-2012 02:23 AM

Very nice cutting boards,Seth..and thanks for that website. It is really easy to understand!...........Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 07-22-2012 10:40 AM

beautiful boards and I liked the “instructables” that you did. Great job

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#3 posted 07-22-2012 05:29 PM

I like the first one. Now, that’s a serious cutting board !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#4 posted 07-25-2012 05:32 PM

Thanks for the welcome, all. I also like the first one, I wish it was a bit bigger, but I love the heft of it.

-- Seth Newsome, CA,

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