American Flag - End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by WoodyPete posted 12-11-2012 02:52 PM 5577 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making an end-grain cutting board, and my fist use of a router. I used the free Cutting Board Designer program recommended on the Woodworking for Mere Mortals site to design and lay out the flag and its dimensions. After watching several cutting board videos (the one by the WOOD WHISPERER is the best) I decided to give it a try. I used purple heart, hard maple and cherry for this project. Titebond 3 was my glue of choice, and the General Finishes – Salad Bowl Finish came recommended from several folks and did not disappoint. It took me about 5 hours to complete (working on it off and on over the course of a month). I debated having Wood Craft etch the 50 stars on the purple heart, but I decided not to risk it :-) Overall, I am happy with how this project turned out and I plan on making more of them when time permits.

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 02:56 PM

Nice idea. Do you mind if I try it? I can see using Padauk and Maple for the stripes? Not sure what wood for the star field. Maybe some Blue Makore from a guy at WoodBarter.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 02:57 PM

Beautiful work! End Grain is allot of fun to work with! I think you made the right choice about the stars, but that is just me!

Keep up the Great Work!

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 03:09 PM

Good job! I am half way with my first end grain CB (Jatoba wood). A lot of learning. I have straitened it with a router and ski… no big problems, but the sanding is a pain. I had no idea how difficult is to sand end grain board… still a lot to do.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 03:34 PM

What a great idea! Very cool!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 03:48 PM

Very cool. I could see someone figuring the stars out. Not me however.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-11-2012 03:51 PM

Real nice for sure:-)

-- "older I get, the more fun I have"

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#7 posted 12-11-2012 04:08 PM

Looks like a winner,very nice.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-11-2012 10:25 PM

Your patriotism resonates through this cutting board! Excellent.

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#9 posted 12-11-2012 10:35 PM

Nice job on this. It looks great.

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

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#10 posted 12-11-2012 10:40 PM

Well done!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#11 posted 12-12-2012 03:45 AM

That’s amazing! I’ve been wanting to make another cutting board/butcher block so this is a possibility now, haha. Too bad there isn’t a bluewood! Nice work!

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#12 posted 12-12-2012 04:51 AM

Lack of stars is what has always stopped me on making one of these, yours looks nice enough without them that I think I’ll make a couple in the new year.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#13 posted 12-12-2012 03:11 PM

Salute! I think stars will be too much to ask.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 12-12-2012 04:24 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!!

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#15 posted 12-12-2012 05:31 PM

Well done, I have the cutting board design program that I purchased on here. I have been trying to figure out which way to do the stars. I’m getting close but might start with a Bi-centennial one first.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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