Endgrain cutting board for my brother

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Project by JoeinDE posted 12-30-2012 04:10 PM 1525 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First here are the specs on this board 9.5” x 12” x 7/8”
woods used from left to right on the top (or bottom strip): cherry, mahogany, beech, maple, walnut, cherry (heart/sap interface), cumarau
two coats of mineral oil and two applications of butcher block treatment

I hadn’t seen my brother in two years prior to Thanksgiving, so I hadn’t planned on making him anything. This board got added to the end of the build list and I ended up cutting some corners to get it done on time (we’ve all been there). After the strip glue-up. I flattened the top and bottom faces with my router planing jig using my new bowl bit (which gives a smoother surface than the mortising bit). I got one face slightly dished in the center (by about 1/64”). Unfortunately this led to 1/8” curvature on one edge once the end-grain strips were glued together. Had I noticed this prior to glue-up I would have run each strip through the thickness planer. As it is, I tried to compensate by using home-made filler (cherry saw-dust and titebond mixture), but that was not tremendously successful. The walnut was wormy so I filled the holes that I saw with my filler, but other holes were exposed in the gross flattening of the end-grain (using my beltsander) that didn’t get filled. Final surfacing of the end-grain was done with card scrapers and successively higher grit sandpaper on my random orbit sander (150, 220, 320, 400).

My improvised glue-up station

The glue-up was done in two segments.The jig has a level and a right angle helper attached to a flat surface (from an old piece of Sauder “furniture”)

The dry fit (showing the bolors prior to oil)

What the cutting board freeware predicted that this would look like before I started working on it


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#1 posted 12-30-2012 05:11 PM

Beautiful board Joe

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 12-31-2012 05:20 AM

Very little is visible of the gap if anything at all.
It cetainly is a great board.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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