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Kent

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2431 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cherry walnut padauk question traditional tablesaw

Hello!

My name is Kent. I am new to the forum. Been working with wood for a few years now. I am designing my first end-grain cutting board, and was hoping to get some feedback from the group concerning my proposed design.

I have in the shop the following species with their thickness:

2 1/2 ” walnut
1 ” walnut
1 ” cherry
1 ” padauk

I am wondering what your thoughts are about using different thicknesses in the same cutting board and any general feedback on my design.

My plan is to make the board at least 2 inches thick and about 20” x 16”.

I was thinking about using the 2 1/2 ” thick walnut for most of the board with cherry accent as the boarder (which would end up probably 3/4”. Do you think it would look good with padduck in there too somewhere? Perhaps a cris cross in the middle of the board or perhaps do the cris cross with cherry?

Any feedback conerning my design would be most appreciated.

Do I need to be concerned for any reason by using different thicknesses in the original boards, or using padduck, which is a naturally very oilly wood?

Are there any drawings or plans for end grain cutting boards that might help me?

One more thing, I don’t have a jig for cross cutting on the table saw. I have read that this job is hard to do without it. I may need a hint on how to make the proper jig to cross cut accuaretly. I aplogize for asking so many questions…..

Thanks for reading and I look forward to seeing your commments so I can get started!

Kent


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#1 posted 2430 days ago

I think you would be alright using those depending on how you went about it. If you are turning them on their side then your thickness is less important than the dimensions you are cutting to. Something that might help is the Wood Whisperer’s pod casts on making an end grain cutting board (A Cut Above Part 1 & 2). He does a good job of showing how to make one when all the pieces are the same. Just take a look at it from the perspective of what you have around.

~DB

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Kent

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#2 posted 2430 days ago

Thanks DB. I will check out that video. This form is great.

Kent

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#3 posted 2430 days ago

Check out this blog
http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/dewoodwork/blog/259

and this website

http://workingwoods.com

and don’t forget to do a search on cutting boards on the forum – you’ll come up with tons of hits

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Kent

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#4 posted 2430 days ago

Thanks Betsy! Those sites look like they will be very helpful.

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ben

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#5 posted 2430 days ago

As far as building a crosscut jig, I have built 2 sleds, following the advice from 2 different sources, and by far, I like my new one more, which was built roughly in spec with the Gary Rogowski article in Fine Woodworking. If you have the FWW subscription, the article is here:

  http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/SkillsAndTechniques/SkillsAndTechniquesPDF.aspx?id=27684

and an accompanying video is here:

  http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/Workshop/WorkshopArticle.aspx?id=5283

If you don’t, PM me and I might be able to dig up the article for you. Also, I liked the advice I found here for testing your sled:

  http://www.thewoodshop.20m.com/howto_crosscut.htm

-b

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Kent

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#6 posted 2430 days ago

Hi Ben, I enjoyed the video and the woodshop link looks great. I think I will be able to make my sled now. Don’t go to any trouble to find the article, but I appreciate the offer!

Kent

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brad

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#7 posted 2429 days ago

If you can justify the cost, the “Dubby” shown in one of the links is a good choice. I’ve had one for about two years and I love it, I use it all the time. It is easy to male 4-6-7-8-10 sided frames if you have a need or desire, as the kids say…its kool. Works equally well as a cross cut sled and panel cutter too.

-- Brad,--"The way to eat an eliphant is one bite at a time"

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Kent

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#8 posted 2429 days ago

Thanks Brad, I am having trouble finding the “Dubby” that you indicate is shown in one of the links. Could you direct me to it please?

I appreciate it.

Kent

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ben

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#9 posted 2429 days ago

Kent,

one other tip (which I forgot to do on my current sled, but will do next time it needs adjusting)—cut a small rabbet at the bottom of the back supporting piece. that way, sawdust and small bits are less likely to throw you slightly out of square, since they will more often push into the rabbet.

-b

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Kent

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#10 posted 2429 days ago

Brad – I found the reference to the Dubby. I ran a search rather than looking above. Thanks. And thanks for the tip Ben!

So, using fat 2 1/2 inch walnut will be okay for my end grain cutting board, huh….?

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#11 posted 2427 days ago

Just a note. If this cutting board is being used to cut food for human consumption then walnut might not be the best choice of wood. Because walnut is an open grain wood it will trap food scraps in the grain which might cause food to be tainted?...............it also has a “bad” flavour to it. I noticed that walnut wood shavings dug into the garden cause the plants/vegatables to wilt and die.

Cheers

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Kent

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#12 posted 2427 days ago

http://www.ozarkwest.com/waendgrcubo.html

http://foodsafety.ifas.ufl.edu/HTML/il114.htm

Hi Roman. I have read a lot on the subject. I pasted a couple of links of the many I read. I am convinced the whole plastic v wood argument falls in favor of wood, and I have found nothing suggesting the use of walnut for end grain boards might be a mistake. I am curious if you there are any authorities out there that support your point. I am about to start ripping.

Thank you for your post.

Kent

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