End Grain Butcher Block Style Boards

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Project by WoodenWonders posted 03-09-2009 01:08 PM 6540 views 34 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, I’m new to LumberJocks. I build kitchen gadgets for a living. Here is an example of my work. In addition to building wooden art pieces, I teach classes periodically in the Grand Rapids MI area on how to build them. Most of the works pictured are end grain made from a variety of hardwoods including primarily maple, cherry, hickory, walnut and mahogany.

Added: 3/10/09
I hunted for some more photos to upload. Cherry, Hickory and Maple often produce some interesting patterns. The key is to carefully study each piece of wood for unique and vivid grain patterns and then utilize repeated bookended effects.

-- Anne Curtis, Wooden Wonders, Grand Rapids MI,

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#1 posted 03-09-2009 01:27 PM

They are all very nice looking butcher boards. I like the way you combined the small & long pices brought together. Neat glue up and smooth finish.

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#2 posted 03-09-2009 01:33 PM

We can thank mother nature for all that… I am just am along for the ride.

-- Anne Curtis, Wooden Wonders, Grand Rapids MI,

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#3 posted 03-09-2009 01:37 PM

These are all beautiful boards. Of the three my personal favorite would be the first cutting board. If you have the time I would think that your technique would make for an interesting construction blog.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-09-2009 01:51 PM

I am in the middle of getting ready for a big show, but when things calm down a bit I’d be happy to write more about the process of buildinig them. Since I’m new to Lumberjocks, I will wait a bit so I can get a feeling for what people are interested in and get more familiar with the technical aspects of how to post articles.

Most of my more intricate pieces of have been glued up and then sanded between each step many times (15-30 times). The key is learning how to do it so everything lines up, is perfectly smooth and does not slip in the gluing process. Additionally, learning how to anticipate what mother nature has hid inside the wood by studying each piece individually helps.

Some of my students pick up on the technique right away, and others struggle with it. I suppose one’s success or failure has a lot to do the way your brain is hardwired. For some it may take some rewiring. Either way plan on lots of dust.

-- Anne Curtis, Wooden Wonders, Grand Rapids MI,

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#5 posted 03-09-2009 01:55 PM

Very nice work! I checked out your website, also very nice! You make some wonderful things


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#6 posted 03-09-2009 02:20 PM

Very imaginative designs.

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 03-09-2009 02:31 PM

Very nice. I would love to see how you have built these. They are beautiful and I would definitely make one or more. Welcome to lumberjocks.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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#8 posted 03-09-2009 02:48 PM

Thank you. I have only been a member for two hours … and WOW… so much interest. This site is much easier to navigate through than most! Nice job guys… hats off to whomever designed this site!

-- Anne Curtis, Wooden Wonders, Grand Rapids MI,

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#9 posted 03-09-2009 03:14 PM

Way to read the grain. These are the nicest end-grain cutting boards I’ve ever seen. I will be favoriting these!
Welcome to Lumberjocks. I believe you’ve just wandered into a great neighborhood. Our SysOP/Founder is Martin Sojka, a fine young gentleman from Slovkia, who is very responsive to our members needs and a “Ruby on Rails” genius!

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#10 posted 03-09-2009 03:25 PM

Very nice. I especially like the tray.

Welcome to LJ.

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#11 posted 03-09-2009 04:01 PM

Welcome to LumberJocks.

Your work is striking and visually interesting. Very interested in your technique and blog.

Best Wishes with the Show.


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#12 posted 03-09-2009 04:14 PM

Lovely, very nice…looking forward to seeing more. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- Robin, California

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#13 posted 03-09-2009 04:44 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks.
Your cutting boards are truely a work of art. And I along with others will be looking out for your blog.

If you and maybe some others that have built these style end grain cutting boards could provide us with some feedback from customers who have purchased the cutting boards, it would be appreciated.

I know I built 4 or 5 of them, nothing too fancy, gave them out as presents, but when I ask the recipients how they liked them, they all said the same thing, “they are much too pretty to use”.

Thanks for posting

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#14 posted 03-09-2009 05:21 PM

By far the most common comment I hear as people visit or just pass by my art show booths is “they are too pretty to use.” I had one customer come up to me and said that she had purchased my boards as Christmas gifts. She gave one of my boards to a friend or relative who normally shows no emotion when she receives a gift.. her friend/relative cried when she got it .. because it moved her. Mother nature helps a lot, so we can compliment her.

I normally sand these boards to 500 grit and coat the boards with my special Beeswax Butcher Block conditioners, so upon completion they are super smooth… so I can completely understand their reluctance to cut on them. I’m ok with that because too often people abuse their cutting boards by exposing them to too much moisture. So I consider it a compliment if they just put them on display in their kitchen or dining area.

-- Anne Curtis, Wooden Wonders, Grand Rapids MI,

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#15 posted 03-09-2009 06:26 PM

Very nice !
Definitely for display only .

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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