End grain cutting board

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Project by picofarads posted 11-20-2017 04:40 PM 1334 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone. I’m new to this site and to woodworking

My wife and I thinking about making cutting boards to sell. We started out just making one for ourselves and family members were soon asking for one when they saw ours. Now we are thinking they might be worth something. I have a small woodworking shop in my garage. Nothing fancy about it.

So I am looking for constructive criticism. Does anyone see anything wrong with the way I made this board?
I used African mahogany for the edges and black walnut for the center. Soaked the board in mineral oil and applied a light coat of beeswax. It’s about 1.5 inches thick. I’m mostly concerned with the way the grains are lined up and about using mahogany. I haven’t seen anyone else use mahogany before and it seemed to make sense that I alternate the grains in opposite directions from each adjacent piece. Although I’m not sure why. Seemed like it would help keep the board flat with the expansion and contraction of the pieces. I don’t know. I used Titebond III glue since I read it was food safe.

Before I start trying to sell these things I want to make sure they aren’t going to poison someone or explode in someone’s kitchen.


-- An open mind is apt to let anything in....or out!

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 06:33 PM

First of all, WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS! This is the best woodworking site on the net!!
That is a beautiful cutting board.

Keep the projects coming!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 07:30 AM

Your board looks awesome!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 11-22-2017 02:57 PM

beautiful! well done!


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#4 posted 11-23-2017 03:06 AM

Very nice board. job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 11-23-2017 04:05 PM

I’d consider a groove or other indentations on the sides to help pick it up. Alternatively you can add small feet, but these tend to get damaged after a while.

Mahogany and walnut are close to each other in the expansion tables so all end-grain construction should last.

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#6 posted 11-30-2017 02:24 PM

Thank you all! I don’t recall whether I had the finger grooves cut in the sides when I took this picture but theyare there. And I have small rubber feet screwed into the bottom to keep it off the counter top. Just in case someone sets it down into a puddle of water and leaves it there or something.

-- An open mind is apt to let anything in....or out!

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