Endgrain Cutting Board

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Project by BigJoshMan posted 04-17-2013 09:33 AM 1059 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first cutting board. I turned out alright. It is not quite dead flat which kind of sucks, but I had to finish it up for my wife and I didn’t want to make it thinner. I told her to make sure she puts a towel under it when she uses it. It is made of hard maple, walnut and birch. The pattern turned out alright, I was kind of just winging it with what i had. It was glued up with titebond II and I spend quite a while using the hand planes and ro sander. My wife was very surprised and happy with it. I am hoping to upgrade my of table saw and it will be much easier next time. And i learned my lesson to have my clamps and cauls ready to go before glue is applied. Anyway enjoy.

-- Josh, Central California, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Aspiring novice woodworker.

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#1 posted 04-17-2013 10:32 AM

Nice board. The more you make the better you get. It looks good, I prefer to use Titebond 3 on my boards.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-17-2013 02:26 PM

Nice board.
Enjoy the journey.


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#3 posted 04-17-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks, guys. I hope i will keep improving.

-- Josh, Central California, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Aspiring novice woodworker.

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 11:01 PM

Josh, I have made about 20 end grain cutting boards and have a solution for the lack of flatness you have. There are folks who declare you can’t put end grain boards through a planer, but I’m here to tell you they’re wrong. I glue a sacrificial strip to the narrow ends of the board after the board is glued up with end grain up but before I start to flatten it. I take off only about 1/64th of an inch at a time. The sacrificial boards prevent tearing out the end grain when the board exits the planer. Works every time and saves time, too. I know what you mean about so much time on the ROS, so I use my drum sander first. Use 1/8th of a turn or less, and run the board through two or three times on the same setting. When you finally go to the ROS, use 60 grit. It will not make tracks on the end grain and will but will take out any tracks the drum sander left. I use 150 grit for a couple of passes, but you’ll be surprised how smooth the 60 grit will leave the end grain.

-- --Dale Page

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#5 posted 04-19-2013 02:01 PM

Like your pattern and the finish sets it off. Important is, wife is happy so life is happy. Well done!

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