Christmas Presents - End grain boards

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Project by Szczuldo posted 12-22-2010 09:37 PM 2498 views 12 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a couple of end grain cutting boards I made for Christmas presents. First board is Maple wiith walnut accents and the second is maple, walnut and zebrawood.

I like how both turned out. The smaller one is for my girlfriend’s mother and the larger for my own mother.

I wish I made more of these. I heard some wanted boxes but alas I heard too late.

All of the pieces were cut from 8/4 stock of maple and walnut, zebrawood was only available in 4/4 (probably good for my wallet)

For the zebrawood board, i book matched the maple and walnut pieces on the first glue-up and really like the way the end grain turned out. Working with zebrawood was interesting. It has a distinct odor when cut and tears out like mad. Trying to joint it resulted in a very rough, but flat surface. However, it sands extremely well and since I was using a wide belt sander for smoothing this out I was not worried about tear out.

I began finishing with salad bowl finish but was distracted by something and forgot to thin it before putting it on. This resulted in a film being built up and I had to sand that down and this time thinned it 50% and applied a couple of coats. I think since the first full strength coat had absorbed slightly and dried it prevented much more from being soaked in (it never soaked to the other side) I then followed with mineral oil. I need another experience with the salad bowl finish before I write it off.

-- -Alexei

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#1 posted 12-22-2010 10:12 PM

Wow, the walnut, maple and zebrawood board is stunning!

I really like your grain orientation.

I never got the SBF to soak all the way through on my first end grain board either, and I diluted it 50+%. Just have her continually touch it up with mineral oil and you’ll be fine.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#2 posted 12-22-2010 10:14 PM

Great looking boards. You’re getting better. That’s something I want to try next year (sounds like a new year resolution). Thanks for sharing.

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#3 posted 12-22-2010 10:16 PM

very cool. what’s the process for the maple and walnut pattern? do you do a glue up of the maple/walnut pieces on edge first, then plane down, then add a strip of walnut to the bottom?

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#4 posted 12-22-2010 11:34 PM

very nice piece

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#5 posted 12-22-2010 11:37 PM

They look great. You are getting this down to a fine art.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-23-2010 02:58 AM

I have to try the “brick” pattern soon, cool effect. Both look great!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#7 posted 12-23-2010 03:52 AM

Hi Alexei;

I really like that second board. Great job in laying out the pieces.


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#8 posted 12-23-2010 06:52 AM

Wow – great looking boards!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 12-23-2010 07:30 AM

Very nice looking boards! I especially like the brick pattern one.
A verse from Another brick in the wall immediately popped into my head as soon as i saw it ;-)
We dont need no education….....

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#10 posted 12-23-2010 04:30 PM

That zebrawood is amazing looking. Very nice work.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#11 posted 12-23-2010 04:37 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments.

Spike, I did not have the time for this board to orient the “long grout” end grain. So I just glued in some strips of walnut in the second glue up. However, if I was to do it properly i think I would’ve glued up blocks of walnut the correct length and then resaw them to the quarter inch width.

-- -Alexei

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#12 posted 12-24-2010 03:23 AM

Very nice!! Nice to see soome that aren’t carbon copy of previous patterns.

-- 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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#13 posted 12-24-2010 08:06 PM

I’ll be curious to see if you have any wood movement issues with the brick pattern, with the opposing grain orientation.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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