Bunch O' End Grain Boards

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Project by JL7 posted 12-06-2010 06:22 AM 26772 views 39 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just putting the finishing touches on a bunch of boards, thanks to many of you for lot’s of inspiration.

Here’s the detail:

#1 – Sinister style board – Cocobolo and Yellowheart are the primary colors – also includes Maple, Cherry and Padauk:

#2 – Walnut – My poor photography skills don’t do this beautiful end grain it’s do…..made 2 versions of this one:

#3 – Some weird leftovers from a Degoose inspired tumbling block project – Cocobolo, Yellowheart, Walnut, Granadillo, Maple, Tigerwood and Lacewood – Not the most creative piece out there, but it is beefy:

#4 – Hardwood Flooring Boards – There are 2 different boards made here – I thought I would end up with a random pattern but this is what I got – once you start gluing you are committed! I should mention that the Yellowheart is not flooring, everything else is – Maple, Yellowheart, Brazilian Walnut (IPE) and 2 kinds of Rosewood, the little pieces are the cutoff’s from squaring up the flooring, hate to throw away good wood:

#5 – My favorite – but really didn’t finish that well and certainly doesn’t photograph well – Again a flooring board, Brazilian Walnut (Ipe) and 2 types of Rosewood – You can’t believe how hard these boards are. Thankfully I have the drum sander, otherwise this simply wouldn’t be possible (for me at least!):

#6 – Maple Buther Blocks – Built 2 of these, but have alot of raw material to build more of these – mostly prototype stuff here – just playing with the possibilities. There is something really nice about a solid Maple board:

Appreciate all your feedback!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 12-06-2010 06:38 AM

You’ve certainly been busy !! Good to see your talents being displayed here. What finish did you use on these ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#2 posted 12-06-2010 06:40 AM

oh my, #4 looks like a ton of gluing, it turned out looking nice though with all those tiny pieces thrown around

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#3 posted 12-06-2010 06:42 AM

Thanks Dusty – mineral oil is the finish on all of it.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#4 posted 12-06-2010 06:43 AM

That’s some cutting board bling! Whoever ends up with them is going to like them a bunch. I think I like 4 (with the border) the best, but the central square in number 5 is certainly a nice focal point.

Thanks for posting!

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#5 posted 12-06-2010 07:18 AM

They are all awesome.
Gosh some look real ‘Beefy’ as you said. I dont think they would wear out quickly!!!

-- Theresa,

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#6 posted 12-06-2010 07:41 AM

Great work! Wouldn’t mind having one of those on my counter!


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#7 posted 12-06-2010 07:52 AM

Nice!! How thick is the flooring?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 12-06-2010 12:48 PM

Stunning boards…especially #1.
Nobody is going to want to cut on them.

-- Steve--

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#9 posted 12-06-2010 01:22 PM

I don’t usually comment on cutting boards but these are pretty amazing Jeff. I agree with Steve, I would hang them on a wall, not cut food on them. Outstanding pieces.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#10 posted 12-06-2010 02:12 PM

Dang! Didn’t even want to sign in today but now I gotta comment on a couple of these boards. To my eye, the first one you couldn’t have selected a better combination (colors) of woods. Don’t know how the combination of cocobolo and yellowheart can look so subtle… but somehow it manages.

The first #4 (with the wee pieces) is, again, a great combination of colors (contrast). The difference the small pieces make over and above the other #4 is striking.

And the one with the center square (and the clever book-matchied Diamond) is nothing shy of elegant. Beings that this one “really didn’t finish that well”, I ‘spose I could be big hearted and trade you something for it.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#11 posted 12-06-2010 02:59 PM

Topamax – the flooring is standard 3/4”, but once you plane (or resaw) the grooves off the bottom, it’s pretty much 1/2” thick, give or take…..

Thanks for all the great comments!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 12-06-2010 03:42 PM

These are great! I really like the yellowheart in contrast with the cocobolo, something new to me and it works very well. #4 is wonderful, great colors and pattern, well done on every one of these, thanks for sharing,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 03:55 PM

Beautiful!! Very unique patterns—great job.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 04:25 PM

Wow. Impressive display.
You do really nice work.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 12-06-2010 04:52 PM

These look great! You did a wonderful job of pulling various woods together. I particularly like the not-so-random board.

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