End Grain vs. Long Grain - same pattern.

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Project by Elyasaf Shweka posted 10-24-2018 01:15 PM 1704 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two versions of the same board: End grain and Long / Face grain. made from scraps.
The thing i hate the most about end grain boards is the endless tedious sanding of the hard end grain.
I always wanted to make boards while skipping this part. The only way to do so is to use a Planer, and that is possible when you are doing a Long grain instead of end grain.
Of course, End grain is better as a cutting board, but from my experience, after making more than 100 boards, is that people tend not to use the board as a cutting board, since its too fancy for that. They usually put it for decoration, or more often as a serving tray or center piece.
I’m aware of the weakness of the gluing of that board, since its gluing end grain to end grain, but I wanted to do an experiment to check that. I’m very happy with the result and i’m very happy I tried it. The strength seems more than enough for the board (I’m using Titebond III). also the finish in the long grain is more glossy than end grain, and I think it’s more appealing in most cases. I made a video showing the whole process. You are welcome to check it out and to comment. Cheers.

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-- Only by the 4th time I realized how it was suppose to be done in the first place.

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#1 posted 10-24-2018 05:18 PM

Great video. I’ve made hundreds of end grain boards in patterns as you have, and many hundreds of long grain boards, but I’ve never made a pattern board of long grains (gluing on the end grain). You mention an experiment to test the gluing on the end grain. Please explain your experiment.

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#2 posted 10-24-2018 08:13 PM

Very Nice & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 10-25-2018 06:13 AM

Interesting contrasts and that angled edge.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 10-25-2018 12:27 PM

I have often wondered about trying this too. My plan was to throw in some biscuits or floating tenons between the strips where the endgrain meets endgrain. I figured if I made my own and made sure the grain was all running in the same directions it should help out quite a bit.

I think the boards look great. In fact I sometimes don’t like the look of the end grain boards depending on the pattern. Not having to sand for days is a huge bonus. I used to have a friend close by with a magic machine (drum sander) but ever since he left, I find it rare that I make an end grain board.

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