|Project by glen||posted 02-27-2013 02:50 AM||3172 views||17 times favorited||26 comments|
Ever since I saw Marc (the wood whisperer) make an end grain cutting board in 2006, i’ve been wanting to make one. I finally got around to making my first one out of black walnut. It’s about 12×16 and 1 3/4” thick. It’s pretty hefty.
I used an alternating 1 1/2 and 3/4 pattern that I think looks pretty good once glued up. The finish is just mineral oil. You gotta love that moment when you start putting that oil on the walnut and the colour just starts to pop. Makes all that sanding (and sanding… and sanding) worth it. The top is silky smooth.
I learned a lot of things with this being my first cutting board
-pay more attention to the pattern on the glue up. Steve Ramsey (WWMM) when he made his made the same mistake as me. Wish I would have seen his video before doing my glue up. The pattern is a bit off in places. I think i’d use a jig like this one http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/viewer-projects/geoffs-cutting-board-glueup-jig/ next time
-there is a lot of sanding involved in dealing with end grain. A lot…
-I need to come up with a better system for routing out the “handles” (the groove) on the sides. I used a straight edge guide on my small router (bosch colt) and i slipped a bit on the ends. I should have put some blocks on either side of the board to support it more and figured out a better way to hold it on-end rather than just with my hand and hoping for the best. A nice wide vise on a workbench would be ideal, but my barely-one-car-garage workshop won’t accommodate one
-the used planer I bought needs new blades. I think there’s a chip in one or two or three of them, because there’s a nice lip that was left down the middle of the board that I had to scrape and sand away.
-I think i’d use my router to chamfer the edges next time instead of just my sander. The corners could have been a little more “exact”
Even with the goofups, I’m still pretty proud of it. I’m sure it’s going to make my cooking taste better. Next one is for mom! Thanks for reading…