End Grain Cutting Board Material

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Forum topic by CBeats posted 07-26-2013 02:04 AM 1541 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2013 02:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: purpleheart maple cuttingboard end grain

Hi everyone,

I’m planning on making an end grain cutting board. I have some 3/4” thick leftover purpleheart from a friend and an abundance of maple.
My question is, would I be better off finding some 2” thick material instead of 3/4’? And if I used the 3/4”, would it look ok?


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#1 posted 07-26-2013 02:41 AM

It will look just fine using 3/4 inch wood. That’s what I use for all of mine. Heck if I had a nickel for everytime someone told me how gifted a woodworker I am because of my beautiful cutting boards-I would have about 15 cents.

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#2 posted 07-26-2013 03:15 AM

Heya CBeats,
I’ve used 3/4’’ material in cutting boards and it works just fine. If you’re curious download the cutting board designer linked in my signature we have a free trial and you can see if you can design a board you like using 3/4’’ material that you like :)


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#3 posted 07-26-2013 03:33 AM

The great thing about an end grain cutting board, aside from its utilitarian advantage, is the endless choice of design. I save all my scraps and when I make a cutting board, I gather up the scraps and plan the design. I try not to cut good boards into strips, but if it’s a special design, I might do that in order to match colors.

Try gluing 3/4 boards and 2 inch boards in two different slabs. When you crosscut the strips, you’ll have two different designs. When you glue them end grain up, alternate those two designs.

Planning the design is half the fun of making an end grain cutting board. Everyone likes them and is amazed at the designs with such little pieces of wood.

-- --Dale Page

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#4 posted 07-26-2013 04:18 AM

3/4” should be fine. For end grain cutting boards, the initial thickness isn’t what determines the final thickness; it’s the width of the strips you cut after the first glue-up.

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