"Free Wood" End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Sam posted 12-20-2012 01:42 AM 5777 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few weeks ago I drove to the nearest woodworking shop (25 miles away). As I pulled up, I noticed a box of wood near the road with “Free Wood” written on it! Being new to the serious-hobbyist woodworking scene, I jumped on the box of mixed hardwoods and loaded up a mix of 1×2 boards roughly 6’ long as well as two slabs (both 3+ feet in length and around 10” wide) of unknown species.

With Christmas coming up soon, I had the (unoriginal) idea to build my first end grain cutting board. The photos should be fairly self-explanatory for the process I took. Cut, glue, cut, glue, plane, sand, finish. I used Watco Butcher Block finish and the photos are of the first coat (drying now).


-- -Sam

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#1 posted 12-20-2012 01:47 AM

awesome job, someones gonna love it

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#2 posted 12-20-2012 02:31 AM

you win,free wood cool board

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 12-20-2012 05:15 AM

Nice photo’s and a great outcome…....................

-- mike...............

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#4 posted 12-20-2012 05:19 AM

Free wood! SCORE!

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#5 posted 12-20-2012 08:26 AM

Too late… you have already started your slide down the slippery path… and not a bad first effort at all…Keep up the good work and play safe

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#6 posted 12-20-2012 08:34 AM

Free wood , great board = AWSOME

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#7 posted 12-20-2012 09:50 AM

Looks very good ! Free wood is a plus.

-- - Greetings from Brazil - --

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#8 posted 12-20-2012 01:11 PM

Good work. You know they’re addictive, don’t you?

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 12-20-2012 06:34 PM

Thank you all for the encouraging words! This was an easy but rewarding project.

-- -Sam

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#10 posted 12-20-2012 07:47 PM

That’s a WINNER!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 06-03-2013 05:36 AM

Free wood is just like free beer very good indeed. Nice project too.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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