"The Pioneer" End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by FuseCraft posted 05-20-2014 10:27 PM 1541 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making a cutting board and I’m thrilled with the results. It’s approximately 23” x 15.5’ x 1.5” and built with black walnut and cherry. I had to rely on my father’s workshop and a local cabinet maker (his industrial belt sander saved me days of using a hand held). You can see the unevenness of my end cuts. The trickiest part was getting the second cut (end grain showing) to lay flat when clamped. I probably lost .25” in depth because of this. I finished it with Howard Butcher Block Conditioner.

The Wood Whisperer has a two part video that gave me a lot of guidance, here’s part one:

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#1 posted 05-20-2014 11:51 PM

very cool

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 05-21-2014 12:43 AM

great job, awesome cutting board

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 05-21-2014 01:43 AM

Very pretty work. You just have to let the walnut speak to you!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#4 posted 05-21-2014 08:23 AM

Nice work, Some great colors. One thing I noticed is your blade has too many teeth to make the 2nd cut. Some of the Masters taught me on here that when doing your 2nd cut make it very slightly over size and then come back and skim cut them all again. This prevents 90% plus of the burning and making it much easier to sand, with min waste. Look fwd to more.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 05-21-2014 06:36 PM

Thanks for the tip Ken. I’ll have to give that a try. I can tell you that the burns were my fault. I was working on a table saw with a small table, plus I’m a newbie at this. It was tough to keep the wood moving.

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#6 posted 05-26-2014 01:53 PM

The surface of my new cutting board is getting fuzzy in spots. I assume this means I didn’t sand it well enough it the first place, correct? Am I better off using a plane to get rid of this? Thx.

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