End Grain Cutting Board (Walnut/Maple/Tigerwood/Zebrawood/Purpleheart)

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Project by nashvillenative posted 05-07-2019 02:00 PM 1562 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to complete a rite of passage and build an end grain cutting board for one of my close friends that manages a kitchen. It turned out a lot better than I had imagined but there is definitely room for improvement.

I used a mix of exotics that I was able to snag at woodcraft when they run their monthly wood deals. The big surprise was the Tigerwood. It’s grain turned out better than the Zebrawood, in my opinion.

Seeing as this was my first cutting board, I should also mention that there is probably enough epoxy in this thing to consider it a primary ingredient. This project led to the purchase of a jointer, about $200 in parallel clamps, a thickness planer, random orbital sander, belt sander, and a set of Whiteside bits.

When I first told my friend that I would make this at cost I only counted the materials and glue, if I had ended up selling it to him at cost it would have been about a $2000 cutting board. I ended up making it his birthday gift and let him make a donation to a dog rescue. But now I have all the tools necessary to make these at a lower cost. That’s the fun thing about the woodworking rabbit hole. Every tool requires a companion tool that seemingly costs more than the previous one, but I still love it.

Dimensions: 16”L x 15”W x 1”T
Materials: Walnut/Maple/Tigerwood/Zebrawood/Purpleheart
Finish: 3:1 Mineral Oil/Beeswax
Tools Used: Table Saw/Thickness planer/Jointer/Sander/Router
Time to Build: 40 hours

-- "any dog under 50 pounds is a cat, and cats are useless"

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#1 posted 05-07-2019 03:48 PM

Looks pretty cool, both, in colours and patttern too.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 05-07-2019 08:04 PM

Lot of flipping of wood to make than lovely looking board…very nice

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 05-07-2019 08:19 PM

Very nice. I’m sure your friend will cherish it.

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#4 posted 05-10-2019 02:43 PM

Wow, I’ve seen a lot of these posted here on LJ’s, but this one seems pretty unique! Great job. Colorful!

-- Pete

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#5 posted 05-23-2019 01:11 AM

Thats an amazing looking board, good job. I was wondering if you or anybody else would be able to help me with a problem Ive been having? Whenever I finish a cutting board, I use either mineral oil and then mineral oil and beeswax or general finishes salad bowl finish. The very light/white maple turns much much darker, to the point that it looks like cherry. Is there anyway to finish a board and keep the whiteness of the maple to stay as white as possible? Ive seen some amazing boards on lumberjocks that you all do and quite a few look like the maple stays white after there finished. They look to be end grain. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you,


-- Mike, Pawling Ny

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