Padauk and Maple Brick Cutting Board

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Project by TheLastDeadMouse posted 01-01-2015 02:59 PM 4074 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this padauk and hard maple cutting board for my brother-in-law for Christmas. Although there’s things I’d do different next time, considering its only my third non-shop furniture project I’m quite happy with my results.

The board is approximately 15” x 19” x 2”, with end grain for the bricks and edge grain for the mortar. I was only able to get 4/4 padauk so I took one 8 foot board, cut it in half and face glued it, taking it as an opportunity to add an interesting grain pattern. I don’t have a drum sander, so I did the best I could at flattening it with my belt sander. The finish is two applications of mineral oil, followed by two of mineral oil and beeswax.

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#1 posted 01-01-2015 04:35 PM

I love the board, excellent design, I also love how you are able to do you glue up in the living room… a better way to work in the winter!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#2 posted 01-01-2015 05:42 PM

I like this as well. I have seen a lot of mixed opinions on mixing edge and end grain glue ups, and based on several success stories I did this board with an edge grain border and feet

It lasted about 6 months, but in the summer I went to pull it out and it had several cracks running through the end grain sections of the board (not the result I would expect, I figured the expanding end grain sections would split the frame). One way or another it ended up in the firewood pile.

Hopefully the smaller end-grain sections in the brick design help alleviate the stress. The worst that can happen is you’ll get an excuse to make another. I should go add a comment to that project post letting people know it split, come to think of it.

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#3 posted 01-01-2015 06:05 PM

The expansion and contraction is a good point. I’m hoping that as long as its seasoned well and not exposed to too much water it’ll stay intact in part due to the smaller pieces involved. My thinking at the time was that if I did it all end grain due to the grain direction the bricks and the small mortar pieces would have expanded and contracted in line with the length of the board, but the longer mortar pieces would have expanded in line with its width, causing splitting that direction. Not sure if that’s really the case, but it’s probably what I’ll try next time.

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#4 posted 01-01-2015 09:16 PM

Very nice – love the biphasic grain direction on the paduak. Cool design, great gIft!

-- Follow me on Instagram @endgrainy

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#5 posted 01-01-2015 11:29 PM

It looks great. The color contrast is very good.
However I’m afraid the red color of padauk being
smeared in the food if used for wet cutting.

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#6 posted 01-02-2015 12:33 AM

Love Paudauk and Maple together! As long as it’s oiled, no worry about the color of the Paudauk smearing into anything being cut. Everyone loves the brick pattern. And 2” thick is a beast!!
Nice job!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 01-02-2015 12:36 PM

Nice pattern, very authentic colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 01-03-2015 02:32 PM


You are obviously precise in your work. I challenge you to step up your design work. The possibilities are endless when making end grain designs. Use three colors of wood and vary the sizes of all three. I think you’ll find it’s fun and produces some striking designs.

-- --Dale Page

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#9 posted 01-06-2015 03:14 AM

Unfortunately, your design is doomed to fail. You cannot overcome physics. Expansion and contraction of the wood fibers cannot be overcome by finish or moisture control, unless you put it in a vacuum. Suggest next time you make the “mortar” pieces end grain maple and it will stay together forever. Use 8/4 maple glued up in-line and then rip off pieces in strips that are the thickness of your board. They can be ripped again on the end grain if you want thin mortar lines.

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