End Grain Cutting Boards

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Project by BTodd posted 05-19-2019 01:33 AM 607 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I recently completed by first ever cutting boards. These were both made as gifts for two different weddings. They were both made with a combination of walnut, cherry, and hard maple. As these were my first cutting boards, I need some help coming up with design ideas. So, I experimented with several different designs using CBdesigner before settling on these.

I used a combination of power and hand tools to complete these. As I don’t have access to a planer, the most time consuming parts were flattening the boards after the first and second glue up. After the first glue up, I did all the flattening with a smoothing plane. Thankfully, I was able to use the end mill at my office to flatten the end grain after the second glue up. On the first board, I used a 3/4” straight bit which still took a really long time. When it was time to make the second board, I bit the bullet and ordered a 2” Whiteside spoilboard bit which made things go much much quicker. After a lot of sanding, I finished these with mineral oil applied daily for the first week. Final thickness ended up being ~1.5” with overall rough dimensions of 11” x 14”.

These were a lot of fun to make, and hopefully they’ll get a lot of use from the new families who received them. I got a lot of inspiration from all the other LJ cutting boards, so thank you!

-- Brett, Georgia

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#1 posted 05-19-2019 10:57 PM

Good luck making more of them!

-- AJ

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