End grain SYP cutting board

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Project by JoeinGa posted 12-16-2014 10:56 PM 5495 views 5 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, I agree with those of you that have said… the search feature on this site is NOT the best one around… because SOMEbody in the past few weeks posted his cutting board made with end-grain southern yellow pine and I wanted to give him credit for this idea. (Hopefully, he’ll speak up and let us know who it was)
That said, here’s my version of a YELLA WOOD cutting board. I used slices from a 2X4 and a 2X6 to make it. It’s about 13” X 14” and almost 2” thick which makes it just a bit too wide to go through my planer. So I sanded it flat with my belt sander then finished it up with 60, 80, 100, and 150grit with the random orbit sander .

Then this thing sucked up almost a half of a pint of mineral oil before I put an additional 3 coats of Howards Butcher Block Treatment on it. Haven’t decided if I’m going to put feet on this thing or not.





Oh yeah, – Note to self – NEVER use a 36grit sanding belt on soft pine. MAN-oh-MAN , those scratches took a bunch of sanding to get out

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#1 posted 12-16-2014 11:04 PM

Looking good Joe, the grain contrast makes for a great look.

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#2 posted 12-16-2014 11:08 PM

Nice work, Joe.

-- Allan, Portland, OR

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#3 posted 12-16-2014 11:31 PM

Few years back, pine end grain flooring tiles were a hit, reminds me of that.

-- Rick M,

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#4 posted 12-16-2014 11:38 PM

I have to try some of that SYP on cutting boards. The results are stunning!
Thanks for sharing!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 12-17-2014 12:17 AM

Looks great Joe, I remember the post you are speaking of it must have been back a week or so.

have a blessed evening, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#6 posted 12-17-2014 12:55 AM

It looks great, JoeinGa.

I think you are referring to terryr and his cutting board.

It had me digging out my pine cut-offs from the trash bin.

-- 1st Cor. 15:1-4

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#7 posted 12-17-2014 01:54 AM

Very cool Joe!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 12-17-2014 01:58 AM

Super one Joe. That would make a great butcher block top for a counter. Great grain orientation.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#9 posted 12-17-2014 02:11 AM

Thanks Silverhill…. that’s the one.

And Thanks TerryR for the inspiration

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#10 posted 12-17-2014 02:16 AM

I really love the look of this. Probably wouldn’t work with blue pine though.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 12-17-2014 02:28 AM

looks good Joe.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#12 posted 12-17-2014 05:42 AM

Looks good, Joe! Thirsty stuff, huh? Thanks for Sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 12-17-2014 03:23 PM

Looks just like mine, Joe! Cool.
Hey, no credit due to me…YOU slaved over the wood, and had the patience to sand the soft stuff pretty! :)

Really, I had intended to keep the finished board as a shop tool, and use it for spitting kindling; but changed me mind, and it’s working nicely in the kitchen.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#14 posted 12-17-2014 04:36 PM

great looking board Joe,got to try one thanks for sharing .your right that end grain is time consuming on the sanding

a LJ posted this a while back didnt find it till after i made on but am going to try it on the next one ,he says it made the sanding of end grain a lot faster

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 12-17-2014 04:59 PM

That’s a good idea, I have a bunch of short 4×4s left over from my bench build and this might be a good way to use them.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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