End Grain Cutting Board (Round 2)

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Project by paxorion posted 07-07-2014 01:10 AM 1789 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished my second round of end grain cutting boards. Made from shorts that I had sitting in my basement for close to a year. This time, I decided to make 2 of them, so that they can go be bequeathed to people special to me. I had a bit of a dilemma as the recipients were…
  1. My wife, who I promised a cutting board for, for the past year
  2. A good friend of mine who is getting married this month (I’m a groomsman)

The first cutting board (pictures 1 and 2) is made of maple, cherry, and walnut, where I rotated each alternate piece so that there was an end-grain “book match” effect. The second is maple and cherry (pictures 3 and 4), which featured my first attempt to come up with my own cutting board design for my wife. However, she preferred the look of the walnut one, and I was more proud of the unintentional discovery of a subtle but wonderful book match pattern over the design of cutting board 2 (don’t get me wrong, I really like cutting board 2). So board number 1 goes to my wife, and board number 2 is the wedding present.

This project also was an my first attempt at using cauls across the width of the cutting board for the end grain glue up (picture 2). I placed 2’ cauls across the length of the board and lightly clamped them with parallel clamps to get all of the slices aligned, followed by dialing in the pressure across the glue up. Results speak for themselves, as the alignment is dead on perfect.

-- paxorion

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#1 posted 07-07-2014 01:18 AM

Great job. I’m in dire need of a cutting board. I’ve had one on the to-do list for years now. Mine will be all end grain cherry. Seeing yours should hopefully kick me into gear to start mine lol

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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