Inlay on end grain cutting board

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Forum topic by ArlingtonM2 posted 01-18-2016 02:33 PM 487 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2016 02:33 PM

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I’m making a cutting board as a wedding present and I want to inlay the bride & groom’s names.

I’ve got a guy with a CNC router who can cut the negative into the maple end grain board, and cut the positive from some cherry (or maybe walnut) which will become the inlaid letters. The inlaid letters would be about 1.25-1.5” high.

I’m a little worried about mixing end grain and face grain. I know the letters are small, but with the cutting board, I don’t want any gaps at all if the two cuts of wood move differently over time, lest food and bacteria collect.

The alternative would be to use a food safe epoxy.

So, my questions are:

1. Do you think the different cuts of woods (face grain inset to end grain) will result in gaps over time?

2. Would epoxy be a safer way to go?


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#1 posted 01-18-2016 02:51 PM

How about the side of the cutting board.Adding a inlay to the work surface does not seem right, Beware if you make it too pretty your friends might not use it. As it becomes a art piece.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 03:09 PM

Due to wood movement experienced by the moisture of using the board and washing it I would not inlay anything into the end grain. Over time I would expect either a wood inlay or an epoxy to crack. How about laser engraving their names?

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 04:02 PM

I’d be more worried about the glue bond between end grain and face grain holding up over time. I guess this is something I would not do. How about lazering the names on the side?

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#4 posted 01-18-2016 05:49 PM

Side inlay: I’ve thought about it. It’ll affect the sequence of building up the board, but it’s definitely an option. If I did that, it’d be face grain-on-face grain

Laser engraving: I’ve discounted that because I don’t want any crevices where food can get caught.

Epoxy vs wood inlay: If I did it on the side, would wood inlays be any better/worse than colored epoxy?

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#5 posted 01-18-2016 05:53 PM

nevermind…. deleted this one

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 01:01 AM

Arlington, I made the board so the letters go all the way through. Abbie has never let a knife tough her CB.

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