Bunch of End Grain Boards (1 of 2)

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Project by Patrick Garrett posted 04-05-2014 06:04 PM 2562 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a busy winter in the shop this year building up stocks of end grain cutting boards for sale. Edge grain boards were a real hit before Christmas last year, so I figured it was time to up my game to end grain the next time around.

I’m using mostly domestic woods (hard maple, walnut, cherry, ash) with occasional exotics (padauk, canarywood, purpleheart) thrown in for accents on some of the boards.

I’ve found the boards go a lot faster if I take my time on the table saw to keep the strips a consistent thickness. Being careful not to let the strips migrate during glue-up helps keep the corners crisp, and clamping cauls help reduce the amount of time I spend flattening and sanding the boards.

The boards are finished with food-safe salad bowl finish – thanks to the Mark the Wood Whisperer for that tip. Previously I’d used beeswax/carnauba/mineral oil blends but found they needed to be refreshed every 3-4 weeks. I have yet to reapply salad bowl finish to the board we’ve had in our kitchen for half a year.

I’ve really been enjoying seeing how I can use the sapwood variations, particularly in the ash and walnut.


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#1 posted 04-05-2014 06:51 PM

Very crisp clean looking boards with super woods and designs,very nice.

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#2 posted 04-06-2014 01:56 AM

wow, very cool, great job

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#3 posted 04-06-2014 11:24 AM

Very nice batch of cutting boards with nice designs…thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 04-06-2014 12:10 PM

Really nice collection, and mighty fine work.


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#5 posted 04-06-2014 02:13 PM

Very interesting and really different designs. Nice work. Thanks 4 sharing.

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#6 posted 04-06-2014 08:19 PM

WOW, you’ve been busy ! That last board is really cool : )

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 01:16 PM

Realy beautiful paterns!

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#8 posted 04-09-2014 04:26 PM

Those are attractive boards. Cool patterns and the pretty grains and colors of the wood really pop with your great finish. Great job!

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#9 posted 04-29-2014 01:27 AM

super cool ! Love it

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