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Project by Jasonjenkins posted 05-02-2014 05:03 AM 2865 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

...Cutting Board! OK, OK, OK, so I’m not even the first person to post one of these tonight! This is my first end grain cutting board and it was quite an experience.

I was lucky enough to get some Brazilian Cherry and Hard Maple “stickers” and I purchased some Walnut to fill in. I was very excited about the size of the stickers and decided without a good reason to re-saw them and without a lathe- using them for a cutting board would be a luxurious way to display the size of the stock. Originally had enough strips to do a longer board but kept it to this size my request of my wife. The BIG cutting board we have now she doesn’t like using. As you can see by the pics, the squares are a bit bigger than 2”

I took my time with the glue up but as I mentioned in my clamp rack post I managed to destroy almost all of my Harbor Freight Clamps in the process. (Thus the glut of new clamps.) If only I had read CPLUSWoodworker’s post about clamping Cauls… I have been waiting for a bonus from work which allowed me to get a new sander but is started trying to smooth this thing with an old black and decker 1/4 sheet vibrating sander. Hours and Hours later I asked for some help and I was SO lucky that Max helped me out with his drum sander. This would not be done if it was not for him. THANK YOU MAX. After the Drum sander it was still a few hours with my NEW PORTER CABLE sander. (review to be posted sometime)

Knocked down the edges with a slight chamfer and put in some finger holds on the sides. Looked for the screw on rubber feet but have not been able to find any yet. Got some of the stick on kind, not sure how long they will last. Finished the board with Arm-R-Seal Salad Bowl finish. Pretty proud of this thing. Hope you like the pattern- BUT thank you to the Cutting board program I found here also. You wouldn’t think you need that, but it really helps you make some decisions.

-- Growing a full beard is proven to instantly improve your handtool skills...

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#1 posted 05-02-2014 08:05 AM

Nice work I like the pattern. How do you like the Arm-R-Seal Salad Bowl Finish? I have never used it and have been thinking of trying it.

-- Vince

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#2 posted 05-02-2014 12:28 PM

Nice work, it’s always fun to justify new tools on a project.

I haven’t found any of the screw-in feet I like, but have had good luck with the press-ins from Lee Valley,40993,41285

I like my boards elevated, as I hate if a cutting board rocks (no perfectly flat, slight warp over time, or counter not flat). These tend to fix and minor issues, and keep the board above any standing water. Drill a few holes, and they pop in and stay put.

-- Shane - Dublin, OH

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#3 posted 05-02-2014 01:25 PM


That turned out great!!!! I was glad that I was able to help with the drum sander.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 05-02-2014 03:01 PM

Nice job!

-- Ain't better or worse than any other woodpecker in the woods.

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#5 posted 05-03-2014 12:00 AM

Nice work.

ACE sells the screw on rubber feet but optimally you would also buy stainless steel screws to replace the ones which come with the package.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 05-03-2014 12:04 PM

Really nice work Jason. I can certainly relate to the sanding demands of an end grain board. I finally made a V-Drum sander. It has made my life much easier. I am trying out different grits of paper to see what will clean
Up the fastest. The wood choices and designs are great looking. Thanks for posting.

Ellery Becnel

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#7 posted 05-03-2014 03:05 PM

It turned out very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 05-06-2014 06:57 PM

Great job on the board!! I think you ended up with some great colored wood. All the colors go together very nice!

-- (the only thing in there she says is....tap on head..........tap..........tap..... saw dust) - James

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#9 posted 05-23-2014 05:08 AM

I used the rubber feet from Rockler … didn’t like them. If you over-tighten the screw, then the rubber compresses and will actually come off the screw if it’s stressed laterally … which it will be. Found some great rubber feet on ebay – less than half the cost of Rockler’s. They have a washer embedded in the rubber that makes for a much more stable platform.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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