Second End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by doakster posted 12-15-2013 03:24 AM 3700 views 40 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second cutting board. I made this for my sister for Christmas.

I wish I could take credit for the design, but I have to give credit to Tomw here on LJ. His project was the inspiration for mine.

The board measures 11.5” X 11.5” X1.5”. The “knot” is purpleheart with a maple outline. The rest of the wood is cherry. I sanded it to 400 grit and finished it with mineral oil. The second picture is just before I oiled it.

I assembled the “knot” in quarters, then into halves, then glued the halves together. At this point, I made a mistake and aligned them wrong, as seen below.

So, I had to rip it along the center line. The maple lines are only 1/8 wide, so there was no room for error. Thankfully, I was able to rip it right along the line, then sanded the edge flat on a board with sand paper glued to it. Then I glued it back together with a new piece of maple in the middle.

You can never have enough clamps.

I’m currently working on a 3d tumbling block style board for my mother. I’ll post it when I’m done.

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#1 posted 12-15-2013 03:40 AM

Very nice work. The wood selection and color contrast is what really makes the piece. Well done

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#2 posted 12-15-2013 03:53 AM

Beautiful board, fantastic work.

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#3 posted 12-15-2013 05:33 AM

This is really cool. Great job

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#4 posted 12-15-2013 08:23 AM

Very nice cutting board and the pattern is excellent…great work and thanks for sharing.

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#5 posted 12-15-2013 08:52 AM

Great looking board…

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#6 posted 12-15-2013 01:06 PM

I REALLY like this. You and Tomw are great inspirations. I have made a few boards this xmas as well, but not nearly as exciting as this one. Thanks for sharing.

-- jroot

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#7 posted 12-15-2013 02:01 PM

Nice tight work.
Well done, and nice save.


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#8 posted 12-15-2013 03:20 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

-- If it ain't broke, you're not trying. - Red Green

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#9 posted 12-15-2013 04:40 PM

beautiful board

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#10 posted 12-15-2013 04:44 PM

I really like this and it is certainly inspirational. I have yet to do a butcher block but when I do, I want it to have some interest like this.

I was wondering tho, with all the grains going which way, are there any issues about cracking? Just curious.

Good job.

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#11 posted 12-15-2013 04:52 PM

Great work, Love the pattern,,, well done….

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#12 posted 12-15-2013 06:01 PM

I don’t expect any stability issues, since this is all end grain, so all the grain is essentially going the same way. It should basically act a single board that is 11.5” thick and 1.5” long. This only my second board, so I don’t have a lot of experience with them yet. Perhaps someone with more experience making cutting boards could elaborate.

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#13 posted 12-15-2013 06:16 PM

Very elegant

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#14 posted 12-15-2013 08:42 PM

Beautiful work…great save.

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#15 posted 12-16-2013 12:41 AM

the brand is a nice touch on a nicer board

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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