Antique End Grain Cutting Board

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Blog entry by Roger Clark aka Rex posted 04-01-2011 05:50 PM 6036 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As many of my fellow LJs must know, a huge amount of decorative cutting board projects have been posted here and they are mostly very decorative and one would hesitate you actually use the item as a cutting board in order to preserve the surface. Most likely they would not be used for cutting, but as a decorative item or a wall hanging like a not hit dart board.

I did a lot of research into cutting boards and found original designs listed in a medieval parchment at the Smithsonian. These cutting board have very intricate concentric circle designs and have a circumference with a protective casing. It is hard to conceive the amount of craftsmanship that went into making these items considering the limited tools they had.
I decided to make a replica medieval end grain cutting board from the information found and have pleasure in posting the resulting project for all prospective and current cutting board fanatics.

Notice how delicately the rings are placed and the protective circumference does it’s job.
This one was used in the castle kitchens, but their other large types that were for outside use mainly used for beheading. Simpler peasant designs involved selecting a 1,000 year old tree and painstakingly lobbing off the top 50 feet, making a static cutting or chopping block.
The manuscript was written by a guy named Sir Guy de Goose, who fell on bad times through mead binging and was deported to a penal colony.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#1 posted 04-01-2011 06:10 PM

Wow how did you line those rings up so well amazing Roger so well done

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#2 posted 04-01-2011 06:15 PM

Wow! Thanks for bringing this fine piece of ancient craftsmanship to our attention.
You really did a fine job in replicating this fine antique.
Sorry to hear about Sir Guy. That kind of detailed info is always valuable in researching the old ways. I’ve read many of his written works and have often wondered how he was able to come up with such great ideas. Now I know his secret and, now I can interpret his missives in a whole new light.
Happy 4/1

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#3 posted 04-01-2011 06:17 PM

Same to you Gene, I love 4/1… day

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#4 posted 04-01-2011 06:30 PM

wonderful recreation, the attention to detail is exquisite, such craftsmanship will be the envy of the site!

-- Jay,

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#5 posted 04-01-2011 07:05 PM


You’ve simply got tooooo much time on your hands… You have to be the “master of thinking…not drinking”...... lol. April Fools…....Enjoy your day…...

-- " It's a rat race out there, and the rats are winning....!!"

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#6 posted 04-01-2011 07:08 PM

What kind of wood is that you used in the middle? LOL.

I have to say I am at work and everyone wants to know what I’m laughing at. Very funny. Thanks for the laugh Alfred E.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#7 posted 04-01-2011 07:15 PM

the beauty of these old boards

they can be chucked into the fire
if they get germ infested

happy day dude

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#8 posted 04-01-2011 07:24 PM

Now they call that “Radical De-manifestation” ...... get with the program dude:-)

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#9 posted 04-01-2011 09:26 PM

Roger, I bow to superior workmanship. This is way beyond me. As Scott (Poroskywood) said in a previous posting I may have to ‘tap out’, dude!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 04-01-2011 09:38 PM

And no… he was not a relation….lol

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 04-02-2011 01:36 AM

Roger: Another superb creation. The router work to get those rings to fit so tightly is some masterful workmanship. It’s almost like it was made by a Supreme Being.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 04-02-2011 01:43 AM

Heehee… is it still considered “End Grain” if it was sliced from half-way up the tree? Shouldn’t this be considered a ‘mid-grain’ cutting board??

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 05:32 AM

Now in an old blacksmiths shop. They would take your cutting board, ma bee a little thicker and split it square. Then the would lay them side by side and use them for flooring. I have been told there feet were no where as tired if the had been working on a stone floor. Bet it was easier on the sharpened tools when they dropped them on the floor.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#14 posted 07-01-2012 09:03 AM

Router? I thought for sure you cut those circles with a band saw. What kind of jig did you use? What kind of finish?

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#15 posted 10-26-2012 12:20 AM

The cutting board may not be warped, but the mind of the woodsmith may be :)


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