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Project by BusterB posted 349 days ago 1078 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A buddy of mine who runs a bandsaw mill gave me some crosscut sections for use at my daughters wedding back in June. I had misidentified them as oak but found out they were poplar when I went to cleaning them up. What to do with a big ole hunk of poplar??? Especially one that is mostly endgrain… Well the idea was to make a big, thick cutting board to replace the one in the kitchen. Well I had read that planing endgrain was a bad idea but decided to give it a go….burned the drive belt right off my planer…lol My friend David (aka Bluekingfisher) suggested that I cut it in strips then work with the facegrain side. Worked out much better that way. When I laid it out I decided it needed some contrast to all that light wood so cut some black walnut strips to add to it. Glued up with Titebond III which is supposed to be waterproof. Sanded to 220 and finshed with Howards Butcher Block and Cutting Board Oil. The board is 17” x 10” x 1 1/8th” thick. Guess I can mark that one off my amature woodworker manditory project list…lol
Note: I added a picture to show what this board was built for. It covers the side of the sink where the garbage disposal is located. The old board in there was in pretty sad shape and is fixing to get a make over.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)





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Todd Barrone

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#1 posted 349 days ago

I have to say buddy I really like your board. I love how you have the grains going in different directions, The walnut gives it a nice accent. Great job as usual sir.

-- "Courage is being scared to death but saddling up anyway" John Wayne https://www.facebook.com/BarroneContracting

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BusterB

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#2 posted 349 days ago

Thanks Todd….was just sitting here mumbling about that cheeseboard you just posted…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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GerardoArg1

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#3 posted 349 days ago

looks great!. Becarefull, is adicctive!

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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doubleDD

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#4 posted 349 days ago

Great job Buster. Much better with the face grain I’m sure. Good way to use that chunk of wood.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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CFrye

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#5 posted 349 days ago

That is some pretty poplar Buster! The way you arranged the grain creates a neat optical illusion. Whoda thunk even poplar end grain would be that tough. Well done on the list check off! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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BusterB

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#6 posted 349 days ago

Gerardo- Thanks. I can see how it could be very addictive. The whole time I was working on it, was thinking about different things I could have done…just what I need, another addiction…lol

Dave- Thanks bud. I can absolutely guarantee you that it went much better after I listened to David…lol Who would have knew a Scot working as a London police officer could have been so smart (just kidding Dave, dont shoot me…oh wait, you cant…rofl). I got two more hunks if they will ever dry enough to work with.

Candy- Thanks Budette. I wish i could take credit for the illusion. It was best side up and alternate the grains…anything else was pure coincidence…lol I am struggling to catch up to you on that list. I dont think I will make it…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#7 posted 349 days ago

Take the win Buster. Take the win. You are so far ahead of me on the LIST it just looks like you’re behind! That was cold, what you said to Dave, but worthy of ROFL!

-- God bless, Candy

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luv2learn

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#8 posted 349 days ago

Great job Buster. I will put one of these on my VERY long list LOL.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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BusterB

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#9 posted 349 days ago

Candy- Cant take what aint mine…i look behind because I am…lol Thanks for the kind gesture though. have a great weekend mam and stay safe.

Lee- Thanks L2L, Having seen your work buddy…would really like to see a cutting board you made. Be the swiss army knife of cutting boards no doubt….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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CFrye

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#10 posted 349 days ago

Well said. You can take credit NEXT time! ‘Cause you learned something new!

-- God bless, Candy

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JoeinGa

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#11 posted 349 days ago

Nice go on the “first time”... Now you’ll hafta start pumping them out for all the relatives at Christmas time! :-)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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farmerdude

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#12 posted 349 days ago

Another fine job, Buster. I’ve never tried a cutting board before, maybe this winter. You made a fine choice with the Walnut, looks great. Keep the projects coming.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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BusterB

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#13 posted 349 days ago

Joe- Thanks bud. have to admit i studied those you posted a while back and sadly I fell a little bit short…lol Like the Christmas gift idea. I can think of at least three folks that would probably enjoy getting one. Thanks for the input

Jeff- I am in negotiations with the guy who supplied the walnut to see if I can obtain some more. Thinking next round it will be thiner strips and a whole bunch more of the walnut. If I can get the wood that is…lol Been wondering what you have been working on but it dawned on me that you have that sweet canoe and are spending most of your spare time on the lake…stay safe buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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robscastle

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#14 posted 349 days ago

Titebond III yep that’s the best choice

Finishing End grain? well I would sand it, or possibly jig it and use a router to finish the surgace.

As you read using a planner is not the go, I learned that some time ago from experience doing veneer work and trying to plane it… it was a fail, and after I had spent many hours book marling stock and preparing it

If Degoose spots it, he has a vast knowledge experience on end grain working of products that I know of and may comment, keep an eye on the future posts.

Stock seasoning: Work on about 6 months per 25mm, in free air, opps (1”) then test it for moisture 10% to 12% before starting.

If the block you refer to is the one at photograph No 5 I would consider adding a stainless band if it suits your design.

-- Regards Robert

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BusterB

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#15 posted 349 days ago

Rob- Thanks for the information sir. I have a question on the stainless band…were you refering to placing a edge band around the finished board???

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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