First End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by SchwartzTheYounger posted 09-14-2013 08:59 PM 1890 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first end grain cutting board. I didn’t make it entirely from scratch; I started with a cutting board kit from my local Woodcraft. I think the woods are walnut, mahogany, and maple. I came up with a few designs, and I posted them up here and on Facebook to see what people thought of them. Then once I had a design picked out I glued it all together.

The project slowed down from there. I don’t have very many tools of my own, so I had to travel around to get this board completed. I went to Woodcraft to run the first glue up through a thickness planer. Then over to my buddy’s house to use his table saw to crosscut it. The blanks provided in the kit were not very long so I had to cut the strips thin to get a decent surface area on the final board. After the second glue up I tried chancing it and running it through the planner again to reduce the amount of sanding. But, it blew out a big chunk (I didn’t get a picture of it). Fortunately, the damage was limited to only one strip, so back to my buddy’s table saw to cut off that one strip. then a whole lot of sanding. I have my own router, so I used it to put a nice round over profile on the edges.

Finished size is 12 1/2” x 18 1/4” x 5/8”
I finished it with some food safe mineral oil that my wife and I received back when we got married.

Thanks to all those who gave their thoughts and help along the way.

~EDIT: IT’S ALREADY SOLD!!! SO COOL!!! This is the first piece I’ve made with the intent to sell, and it sold within 4 hours of listing it. I feel kinda awesome right now. :-D ~

-- Eric Schwartz (Versailles, KY), Bliss is teaching your son to use a tool.

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#1 posted 09-14-2013 09:45 PM

You have produced a very nice board as a result of your various visits to a buddy’s workshop.

Both End grain and veneer do not mill well in a thicknesser as you found out, however no permanent damage done that could not be corrected with a couple of extra steps added.
And its corrected, is no big deal and a lesson learned, of which I think its one we all have done along the way.

I think the overall result has produced a result well worth the effort.

Here is an example of putting many hours of bookmatching veneer for a door panel set and then ruining it by using a thicknesser, just so you don’t feel too bad!

There was no possible recovery! expensive fire wood!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 09-14-2013 10:28 PM

Very nice job!!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#3 posted 09-15-2013 12:59 AM

Really nice board! The racing stripe/checkerboard combo is one of my favorites, and you did it well!!

-- Smitty

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#4 posted 09-15-2013 04:32 AM

@robscastle That is so heartbreaking. But, you are right…I believe everyone has had some sort of major failure due to inexperience (or not believing the experience of others). Sometimes they can be mended or worked around, and sometimes it just becomes firewood. Those are lessons that stick with you the best.

I just hope I never have to learn the hard way when it comes to safety. I’d hate to see my hand come out the other end of a project looking like that veneer.

-- Eric Schwartz (Versailles, KY), Bliss is teaching your son to use a tool.

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#5 posted 09-15-2013 05:00 PM

Very nice board. I really like the design with checkerboard on one side and the balance is stripe. Makes the board easy on the eyes.

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#6 posted 09-16-2013 05:37 PM

Hey Eric, nice looking board! How much did you sell it for and where did you sell it? Online or a friend? Just curious as I have 2 for sale on etsy and not much luck yet. I have had luck with friends and family but was curious how to successfully market myself outside of that.

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 06:39 PM

Great looking board! No wonder it was sold quickly, very nice wood colors and patterns. Great job and congrats!

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 05:27 PM

Q:1.where did you sell it ? much did you sell it for?

sorry just starting out

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#9 posted 09-20-2013 08:50 AM

@DavidATX @sandmanslim

I sold this one by posting it on Facebook, so I did know the person I sold it to. But, to me a sale is a sale. I didn’t cut the guy any deals just because I knew him. I sold it for $75.00 (for what I’ve seen this seemed like a fair price).

I was planning on trying to sell it at an arts fair. I live in Kentucky, and just about every county has it’s own annual festival/jamboree/street fair/etc. Then in my city we have 4-5 arts/crafts fairs a year plus a daily farmers market. I have a buddy who does finish carpentry and fine woodworking for a living, and each year he sets up a both at many of these fairs. He agreed to let me put some items in his booths whenever I make them. If I start making a bunch of stuff then I might have to set up my own booth, but for now I don’t have enough time to make a bunch of stuff.

I’m just as new at this as you guys, so I don’t really know the best way. I just got lucky this first go around and had a friend who wanted what I made. If you go the Facebook route you are only reaching the people you know, but (again) a sale is a sale. Hopefully you have good friends and they spread the message on to their friends. But, I would definitely use all the free routes available on the internet (facebook, craigs list, twitter, etc.). It is not going to cost you anything except a few minute of you time.

Also, tell your friends and family to tell their friends. If they are really happy with what you’ve made them they would probably love to show that thing off. Then they can tell them you made it. Word of mouth is probably the most powerful form of advertising. Unfortunately, more often then not word of mouth is also a slow form of advertising. Give it some time and don’t give up.

-- Eric Schwartz (Versailles, KY), Bliss is teaching your son to use a tool.

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