End Grain Cutting Board Basket-weave Pattern

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Project by Tomw posted 08-25-2018 04:36 AM 3062 views 10 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this basketweave style end grain cutting board as a wedding gift for my brother-in-law and his lovely bride. Maple with cherry, finished with mineral oil. The maple was leftover slats from an old futon frame I dismantled several years ago. I don’t have a jointer, and my planer bit the dust after I surfaced the slats, so I did the rest of the truing up on the table saw. I sprung for one of those electronic angle gauges to make sure the saw blade was at true 90; seemed to work pretty well. I used parchment paper in between the blocks in the first glue up to keep them separated. The crosscut sled came in handy for the end grain cuts. I used this wood combination once before, and the contrast was more pronounced; not sure why. Some of the maple slats turned darker than the others with the mineral oil; a hazard of using repurposed wood I suppose. I was careful to only use the red parts of the cherry plank for the thin rips. Oh well; the subtler contrast kinda works for the basketweave effect (that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.)

First pic: finished board; #2 & 3: first glueup; #4: second glueup; #5: crosscutting on the sled for final glueup; #6: SketchUp file.

-- Tom

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#1 posted 08-25-2018 10:14 AM

Looks like a nice board from here. I liked that illustration you added with the cut pattern, that is a nice touch so someone who liked the design could follow along. Nice detail.

On the colors, both Maple, and to some extent Cherry come in a wide variety of colors, and hues. Maple can also vary wildly in species, and sub species, and most of them have varied coloration, and many in how they are effected by finishing simply because of the densities between the species/SS. Cherries differences are usually more about the Earth they are growing in, but the Color of Cherry differs all across the country, with N to NW Pennsylvania being where the best color is from, according to lumber graders all across America.

On the finish, was it the same exact finish/recipe? Did you note the differences at the same exact time after finish application?

One thing is for certain. If you want more color difference make sure to keep the cutting board where natural light can get to it (sunlight) It doesn’t have to be hanging in a window, just makes sure part of the day some sun is coming in near the board, and the Cherry will darken just from that alone.

Thanks for posting, and showing us your nice board.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 08-25-2018 01:28 PM

Thanks, Steve. The finish is straight up mineral oil, applied in successive coats over several days. The darker maple did seem to darken more with each application, but it was noticeable from the get-go.

I can provide the SketchUp file to anyone who’s interested.

-- Tom

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#3 posted 08-25-2018 02:59 PM

Looks awesome. Great gift.


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#4 posted 08-26-2018 04:59 AM

Very impressive way of doing it and accomplish to make such pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 08-26-2018 10:34 AM

Looks great, Thanks for sharing the pics at the different construction points.
As far as wood coloration differences, that’s what makes wood working a great hobby for me. It sets the piece apart from a mass produced Chinese, big box…….. I’ll just leave it there

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#6 posted 08-30-2018 11:24 AM

Nice board Tomw, thanks for sharing your process.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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