Endgrain Cutting Board Christmas Present

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Project by Arasii posted 12-27-2013 04:39 PM 1125 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
Endgrain Cutting Board Christmas Present
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This is my first attempt at a cutting board. It was a nice project to get some more experience on my new table saw and planer, and it was something I could get done in short order before the holidays.

The board was made from 4/4 sugar maple, black walnut, and bubinga boards. I planed each board down to 3/4” before the initial glue-up. I used Titebond III for all the glue-ups. I performed the cross-cuts using a hastily built sled on the table saw, cutting the board into 1” wide strips to yield a 1” thick endgrain board.

After the second glue-up, I used a ROS to smooth the discontinuities in the top and bottom surfaces and then fed the board through my thickness planer. While I had read that people advised against feeding endgrain boards through the planer, I tested several pieces of end grain scrap without any dire consequences. The only undesirable effect I noticed was some minor chip out on the top of the back end of the board, but this wasn’t a big deal for me since I routed all the corners with a 3/8” roundover bit anyway.

The board was finished using 3 “coats” of mineral oil, followed by a single coat of a mineral oil / beeswax mix. I rubbed each application on by hand and let it sit for 30 minutes before wiping away any excess.

-- Frank

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#1 posted 12-27-2013 05:17 PM

Nice board, like the wood combination…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 12-27-2013 05:42 PM

Well done and congrats on your first board. The secret handshake will be sent. LOL Everyone will want these so get ready…. Nice work.

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

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#3 posted 12-30-2013 10:05 PM

Thanks for the feedback. My mom enjoyed her present thoroughly, though in I’m pretty sure it it’s going to be a decoration and not actually see a knife.

-- Frank

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 07:34 AM

Really nice coloring choices. Very nice results considering it’s your first. Getting ready to glue one up myself soon.

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