End grain chaotic cutting board

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Project by gustmadeit posted 11-03-2019 02:47 AM 1232 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finished up an end-grain cutting board today. The body of the board is made from purple heart, walnut, maple, and cherry and the border is walnut. All grain is vertical to make the board fully end grain.

Cutting sequence:
1. Made 4 planks measuring 13”x14”x1.25”. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
2. Cut 1.25” strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
3. Cut 1” strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
4. Cut 1” strips. Rearranged and flipped 90 degrees. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.
5. Final cuts are 1 7/8”. Rearrange/flip end grain up. Glue/clamp/wait 24 hrs/plane.

Added a 3/4” walnut border. Routed in handles and 1/4” round over on all edges. Sanded 80/120/220.

Finishing schedule:
1. Apply first coat of mineral oil, let sit 24 hrs.
2. Apply second coat of mineral oil, let sit 24 hrs.
3. Melt 3 parts oil with 1 part beeswax on stove. Apply coat, wait 1 hour and wipe off excess.

Final measurement is approximately 14”x21”x1.75”.

8 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-03-2019 03:21 AM

Beautiful, in a very unique way. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 11-03-2019 10:05 AM

Creative chaos is sometimes the best.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 11-03-2019 12:03 PM

Sweet! I think I like the chaos better than a pattern.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#4 posted 11-03-2019 02:07 PM

Nice job! The cutting board looks great, but you also did a good job describing your process concisely. That’s not always easy…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-06-2019 12:55 AM

Great job it is definitely chaotic

-- Vince

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#7 posted 11-06-2019 12:53 PM

Great use of scrap wood to make a great board! MTM was the person that taught a lot of us this pattern and build.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-11-2019 06:05 AM

Love those boards!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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