End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by curi0usJack posted 12-19-2010 12:13 AM 3581 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Did 6 boards for Christmas last year. Maple & Walnut end grain cutting boards with Salad Bowl Finish (instruction courtesy of WoodWhisperer’s videos). The full view picture of the board looks a bit scuffed because the final coat of finish hadn’t yet been applied. Ends are routed with an 1/8” roundover bit. Easy enough to do and they make great gifts.

Update: I’ve seen several of the boards a year later and the finish is still holding up very well.

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 02:01 AM

That’s a good looking cutting board!

-- -=Den

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 07:07 PM

Being that end grain is dangerous to run through a power planer, and difficult to hand plane, how did you get them that smooth and pretty? And 6 of them yet! Good job.


-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 12-20-2010 12:39 AM

Before I understood why end grain behaves the way it does, I made the foolish mistake of trying to run one of my boards through the planer. That was pretty much the worst idea in the world. My planer cursed at me and spit out a board that was all chewed up with big hacks taken out of it. Lesson learned.

I switched to a belt sander, started with 40 grit, then worked my way up to 120. Switched to the random orbital, where I took it up to 220. Finished hand sanding with 320 grit, then several coats of Salad Bowl Finish. There are several good videos for end grain cutting boards over at Wood Whisperer. That was my main source of instruction.


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#4 posted 12-20-2010 08:08 PM

Nice build,
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#5 posted 09-20-2012 02:16 AM

That is a beatiful cutting board. I plan to make some this christmas. I have just bought a LV low angle jack, would anybody advise if you can plane the endgrain of this type of cutting boards?

-- Ebanisteria Sabrosona

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#6 posted 09-20-2012 02:20 AM

beautiful board. any chance you could post a link to the video??? thanks

-- wiser1934, new york

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#7 posted 09-20-2012 03:04 AM

@bloqbeta – You’ll want to use a higher angle for end grain (i.e 40 degrees or so). Also, a lot is going to depend on the quality of your plane. Neither Lie Nielsen or Veritas should give you any trouble when it comes to planing end grain. I’m sure someone more experienced will comment. :-)

@wiser – Thanks! This should get you started:

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