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End Grain CB Gone Wrong

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Project by 7Footer posted 412 days ago 844 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this was my first attempt at and end grain cutting board, I didn’t cut my initial stock thick enough then after gluing, cutting again and turning them onto their end grain I got them all set up to glue and when I clamped them together it exploded like a balloon full of wood strips. So I made a small cheese board type thing with the larger pieces that didn’t break apart, and then with the remaining scraps I made a little dish, really it’s a perfect size for a soap dish, but my wife has been asking me for a little bowl to put her wedding ring in when she is washing dishes, so there it is, its a ‘place-your-valuables-here-while-using-sink’ dish! I am having a hell of a time with these end-grain boards though, I guess I just need more practice, and patience.

They are made with black walnut and mahogany, the dish is finished with shellac, and the board with Howard’s oil and conditioner.

I am not good at end grain, I have a copule other ones I’m working on, but still don’t hold a candle to many of the EGCB’s I see on here, but it makes me want to try harder! I think I need to pay closer attention to making sure the surface is totally flat after my first glue-up and sanding.

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Betsy

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#1 posted 412 days ago

Looks like a nice dish. There are never mistakes in the shop – just design variations. :-)

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daves1

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#2 posted 412 days ago

I’m having the same issues with end grain cutting boards but I will continue until I finally get one right. Good luck with your boards and I can’t wait to see one you have finished.

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WoodenFrog

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#3 posted 412 days ago

I like It!! I wish I had skills to make Cutting Boards!

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 412 days ago

They’re still very beautiful.

If in doubt, ask degoose. He’s the cutting board master.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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amagineer

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#5 posted 412 days ago

We all learn from our mistakes. Keep trying and you will succeed at making your CB.
-don

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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darkone

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#6 posted 412 days ago

Maybe they need a little more time to acclimate to the shop? Or make sure the pieces are as straight as possible so that you are not bending them into place, turning them into sling-shots.

Very cool dish. I kind of what to do that on a bigger scale.

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robscastle

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#7 posted 412 days ago

Dont be too dis-heartened 7Footer, when I made my first board what a disaster it was, WAD!
I like you posted it and received lots of feedback regarding the correct procedure to be followed to get everything together and to stay together!
The one I attempted to do had diamond shapes and was not endgrain, however it was a take on far in excess of my skills.
I then spend some days reading all the LJs blogs posts projects and instructional videos that other LJs had directed me.

After reading everything I was amazed that my results were as good as they were, consideribg I now know I didnt know what I was doing!!
It turned out OK but I considered it was a process I didnt want to persevere with.
However I did enjoy doing it at an beginner level.

I made another one later (and posted it) mainly just to apply the knowledge techniques and skills I had learned.

And by the way your results look OK, I hope your wife was pleased.

Regards

Robert Brennan

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