The Wife's Custom End-Grain Cutting Board

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Project by sIKE posted 02-02-2013 02:44 AM 1765 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas I gave the wife as a gift the chance to design her own end-grain cutting board. So a couple of days after Christmas the Wife and I sat down with CBdesigner by Jayman7 and whipped up exactly the cutting board she wanted. 15” x 19” end grain made with Maple, Cherry, Walnut, with Purpleheart edges and the zipper down the center is also of PH. The wife is tickled pink as she also got a little cheeseboard with the left overs. It was made with Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Purpleheart, and a couple extra strips leftover from a previous project. I am getting better each time I make one of these, and I think it is about time for me to make myself a Thicknessing Sander. The last picture is a roll of Life Savers for scale.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 03:00 AM

Outstanding work!

I hope the wife is good to you over this one. Maybe a bigger wood budget? New tools? The possibilities are endless!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 05:34 AM

That is the most intricate cutting board pattern I have ever seen. That’s another cutting board I’d be afraid to use. I might scratch it.

-- Rick -- I never let my lack of talent get in the way of my creativity.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 07:46 AM

Very cool boards indeed. Improvement comes from doing and I think your certainly deserving of a big dual 5” barrel drum sander, planer, jointer and table saw. With all these tools remember dust collection. ;-)

I like and use CB Designer program too, it rocks.

Another program is Wood Turner Pro 3, it’s mostly for bowl design, however, it does work extremely well for cutting board designs. 1st, 2nd, 3rd and maybe 4th generation patterns with recent upgrade. Very powerful. I have no affiliation with either program other then being a satisfied user of both.

It looks like the edges have been rounded is that the case? Your big 15×19 board, are you concerned with it warping as it looks to be around 3/4” thick?

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

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 02:20 PM

Yes the edges have been rounded and the big board is close to 1 1/4” think. The cheese board is right at 5/8” thick. From my experince as long as the board is kept well oiled it shouldn’t war.The one I made for my MIL likes to cup when it dries out. It is not a user board though just a serving platter. The wife’s will be a user board though, the nice thing about wood, is that it can be sanded.

This board was run though a dual drum sander by a friend of my dad’s. I am planning to make the Shopnites Thickness sander here soon. I really enjoy making these boards but really need my own way to clean them up after each of the glue ups.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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