End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Class1E posted 11-29-2012 01:27 AM 1898 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first end grain cutting board. I built it as practice for the ones I’m planning to make as Christmas. The woods are maple, cherry, and Philippine mahogany. The finish is two coats of mineral oil so far. I’m probably going to give the board another quick sanding and follow that up with more mineral oil. The edges were all rounded over by hand using sand paper; I was worried about blowing out the corners with a router and roundover bit after the issues I had flattening the board (see below).
I struggled quite a bit getting the finished board flat. I was using the router ski method, and I had to use trial and error to find a speed that my router and surface planing bit wouldn’t cause massive tearout. I finally figured it out after I lost about 1/4” of thickness on the board. It did result in a little burning at the edges.
I learned a lot in the process of making this board; I think I’m going to hang on to this one! :)

-- Brady

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 05:17 AM

Many of us have a “trophy” piece or two that signifies an accomplishment of some sort. A reminder of where you came from going to where you want to be.

Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 05:41 AM

It must be that time of the year I just did two today for Christmas gifts. This is the first time I got to use my drum sander on an end grain board.

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 10:03 AM

It´s a nice looking board.
Thanks for the post and share experiences. I plan to make one next week just for learning, Will use savaged wood, don´t want to damage some expensive material in the learning process. I will have to work out the ski as well. What worked better for you, slower or higher speed?

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#4 posted 11-30-2012 03:29 AM

For me, higher router speed with slow, steady movement worked better for preventing tear out, but it led to more burning. I wish I could have found a better way because sanding the burned parts was no fun.
It would be much easier with a thickness sander, but I don’t have one. A shop-built version will be on my list of projects if I end up building many more cutting boards.

-- Brady

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