3 cutting boards

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Project by larryw posted 184 days ago 874 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these for family, to give as Christmas gifts. Being short on time and wood , I decided to make edge-grain cutting boards instead of the preferred end-grain boards, and it seems that most of us that work wood , sooner or later end up making a cutting board, I know I’ve seen many beautiful and fine examples here on LJ’S. These are made of three of the most tried and true north American hardwoods, walnut, cherry, and hard maple ,finished with watco butcher block varnish and mineral oil. I couldn’t resist adding a little embellishment, so I added some inlayed end-grain strips to the ends of each board. With a little more time and wood now, I plan to make some nice end-grain boards.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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#1 posted 184 days ago

They look great!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#2 posted 184 days ago

Really nice boards.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#3 posted 184 days ago

I’d be very happy receiving one of those. End grain, long grain, diagonal grain, makes no difference if it is purdy!
Nicely done.

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#4 posted 184 days ago

Very well done, I really like the inlay designs.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 184 days ago

Yea you gotta love those boards…you did very good on them.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#6 posted 184 days ago

You done did good there… them boards are pretty

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#7 posted 184 days ago

Nice boards. Not too busy. Nice wood combos as well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#8 posted 184 days ago

very nice, the inlay adds a nice touch to the boards, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#9 posted 183 days ago

I would call these face grain not edge grain. Am I incorrect in this and if so, what is the difference between the two.

Very nice boards by the way.

-- Jean, Colorado, find time to make some dust!

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#10 posted 183 days ago

I have never made a cutting board in my shop … should I now remove myself from this site?

I should qualify that as when I was in high school I joined Junior Achievement and one of our products was a single piece oak cutting board.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 183 days ago

Very nice Larry, love the timber combo, shame to run a knife across them :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 183 days ago

I forgot to compliment you on your work as these are indeed good looking CB’s!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#13 posted 183 days ago

Very nice boards. Every time I see one of these posted it makes me want to take the plunge and make a couple. I definitely think the inlay on the ends was good idea, just makes them look like you went the extra mile:)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#14 posted 183 days ago

Great looking boards : )

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#15 posted 183 days ago

Hi Jean, technically, you’re probably right in this instance. I think edge-grain/face-grain is used interchangeably when describing grain direction on a cutting board. I guess the correct term here would be long-grain.

Hi Pete, thanks for the compliment , and I have to tell you that your sentiment was also expressed by my family. ” It would be a shame to run a knife across them ”. but, I reassured them , That’s what I made them for.

Thanks everyone for the nice compliments, and “old novice ”, these were my first cutting boards, so it’s never to late to make one.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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