Massive End Grain Chopping Board

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Project by fladdy posted 08-27-2014 01:01 AM 2426 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My aunt and uncle asked me if I could make them a cutting board this past winter. I said sure…what size do you want and what type of wood? My uncle said he would like something about 24” x 24” but wasn’t sure as to how thick. He didn’t really care what type of wood, whatever would work well. They have dark granite counters with some purple in flecks in them and want it to also be like a centerpiece item. So, I made this. It’s maple, walnut and purple heart. I started with 8/4 stock and the whole thing ended up being 23” x 23” x 1.5”. I added the purple heart handles and they are glued in bread board style except for the end strips.

While making this project, I decided to try using some homemade cauls to help keep the boards close to flush. I still ended up having to rent time on a timesaver sander to get things flush. I could also use a panel cutting jig/board as well. The entire board is finished with 3 coats of beeswax/mineral oil. This board is pretty darn heavy so I hope they have been lifting weights. I’m delivering it to them tomorrow but we never talked about a final price?!?

-- Fladdy

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 01:20 AM

Nice looking board. it’s going be expected as a gift if you didn’t arrange for a price up front.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 12:35 PM

Wow! So nice I wouldn’t dare put a knife to it!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 03:56 PM

Hate to sound alarmist but having end grain and long grain glued together is going to be a problem. I am afraid one day the wood movement will break some of the joints or wood blocks.

-- David

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 07:45 PM

Very nice. I made some mahogany boards for a guy to give his wife for their anniversary. The big one was 18×26 x 2. The nice part is it doubles as a dance floor. quite a challenge to lug it around the shop.

Not to dispute the Boardsmith, he obviously makes 10 times more boards than the rest of us, but I’ve added edge grain accent pieces to end grain boards before and haven’t had any issues. I’ve always used type II or type III glue.

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

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#5 posted 08-28-2014 12:57 AM

I used type III glue as well and I have done an edge grain to a previous end grain board in the past, but a much smaller scale. I’ll have to see how this turns out, this could be good learning experience. Especially since we never discussed money other than covering the cost of materials.

Thanks for the input. I still think I’m pretty new at this so I do appreciate the tips. I also found out this morning that my uncle had open heart surgery to repair a leaky valve, so I don’t think he’ll be lifting this for a while. But it might good rehab down the road for him!

-- Fladdy

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#6 posted 09-23-2014 01:05 AM

They offered $160 for it and a homemade pizza crust recipe. Maybe I should make a pizza peel next.

-- Fladdy

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