end grain cutting boards with 4/4 stock

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Forum topic by sawedoff posted 01-29-2012 04:24 PM 1781 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-29-2012 04:24 PM

Hey Guys/Gals

I have been making long grain cutting boards for family and friends but am now wanting to do some end grain ones. I have one style to use as a reference. Was hoping to get some more off here. If anyone has made some end grain cb’s using 4/4 I’d love to see some pics or even detailed step by step pics/instructions.



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#1 posted 01-29-2012 05:47 PM


All four of the end-grain boards I’ve made have contained at least a little 4/4-stock. You can go to my Projects page to look at them individually. I like to mix in different stock thicknesses because it breaks up the joint lines and automatically gives you a bit of interest to your pattern, as it varies where things will line up when you begin flipping every other piece on the second glue-up (if you choose to flip every other piece, which certainly is not a requirement). 4/4-stock is also less expensive and more readily available in a wider variety of species as well. And if you have a bit of it already that you want to use, by all means, use it.

With that being said, it certainly is easier and faster to use thicker stock, as there is less gluing involved, as well as less stock preparation. Having less glue lines is also better for the knives contacting the board, long term. However, using a PVA glue such as Titebond III is gentler on the knives than most commercially-produced boards that use resins and epoxies that are quite hard on knife edges.

There are certainly lots of projects and numerous blogs on here about end grain cutting boards as well, which would be good references if you have not yet found them.

Good luck on your first end-grain board and keep us posted on how it’s going!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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