1st End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by usmc1371 posted 05-30-2014 06:48 AM 1771 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

1st end grain board made with walnut, maple and cherry. 11” x 18” x 1 5/8” w/ routed handles and juice groove

-- "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who wish to do us harm."

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#1 posted 05-30-2014 07:05 AM

Very cool… I like it.

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 12:22 PM

Very nice.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 12:32 PM

Great beginning!!!! Outstanding.

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 01:12 PM

Great looking pattern

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 01:38 PM

Very Nice, call that one the ‘Double Zipper’.

A lot of work in one of the end grain boards, great job for your first!


-- Smitty

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#6 posted 05-30-2014 02:52 PM

Ah – the holy trinity of cutting boards – walnut, maple and cherry.

Nicely done. Your flash shows that you probably could have sanded more, but I’m a fanatic about getting more end-grain boards silky smooth.


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#7 posted 05-30-2014 03:57 PM

Very nice good grain selection. An option to sanding would be a low angle smoothing plane?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 04:06 PM

Great looking board! Nice work.

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#9 posted 05-31-2014 01:31 AM

Very nice, keep it going!

-- John, South Dakota

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 09:34 AM

Fine example of the end grain… great for a first attempt… keep it up…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#11 posted 05-31-2014 12:06 PM

Nice looking board. A+ for a first attempt. For the couple extra minutes it takes, I always go out to 320 grit. Makes it smooth as glass. Also I learned using cauls will eliminate the side to side creep during glue up. I admit it looks better than my first one. Plus to go right into the juice groove and handle on your first attempt shows real ambition. Looking forward to seeing the next one.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#12 posted 06-01-2014 09:14 AM

Well its really nice work but missing its deserved additional pictures.

Hint hint !!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 06-01-2014 04:51 PM

Thanks for the kind words and for the improvement suggestions. I have made quite a few face grain boards, which is where i started with the handles and juice grooves, getting better with time. I still need to improve my glue up a lot, as I had a lot of sanding to do. I will make sure the next one is up to snuff with the sanding. ill post some more pics shortly….

-- "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who wish to do us harm."

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#14 posted 06-01-2014 05:38 PM

My first end grain board looked like I was drunk when I glued it up. Didn’t line up at all. Didn’t realize how much the boards would creep once in the clamps. Fortunately I gave my first few to family members who are required by some law somewhere to love everything you do.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#15 posted 06-03-2014 12:14 PM

Very Nice Pattern. I have a couple suggestions for you…

When taking pictures, try putting a thin piece of white tissue paper against the flash. Kleenex will work also. This will help take that blinding spot away when photographing shiny surfaces while still giving good lighting. I learned this while trying to take pictures of scratches on a cd. Takes a couple of shots to get the hang of it. Just google it if you cant get it to work.

Also, if you continue to have problems with creeping while gluing. Try adding a “little” bit of table salt to the joint. Just spread one pinch or so between the two ends and the middle of the joint. This will keep the joint from slipping and the table salt dissolves giving you a tight joint. Done this on several projects and have never had a problem with glue failure. Been using a cutting board for several years i made using with this trick.

Found this trick while surfing the LJ forums.

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