End grain cutting board

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Project by gustmadeit posted 04-09-2020 10:45 PM 934 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This board is made from maple and purple heart. All wood grain is vertical to make the board fully end grain which makes the board about 3 times harder than face grain. The maple is constructed in a chaotic random pattern (process of cutting, dicing up, and re-gluing 4 times). The corners are rounded and edges have 45 degree chamfer. I added contrasting dowels along the sides – the long sides have 1/2” purple heart dowels and the handle sides have 5/16” maple dowels. Routed in handles. Sanded thru drum sander 120, then orbital sander 120/220/320. Coated with mineral oil and beeswax mixture. I’ll add rubber feet w stainless steel screws after a day of oil drying. Measures 13×17x2.

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#1 posted 04-10-2020 02:21 AM

A lot of clamping and patience there. Nice design and well done!

-- Darrel

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#2 posted 04-10-2020 03:13 AM

That’s a real nice board. I like the design, the dark accenting the light, and the dots on the sides.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 04-10-2020 04:42 AM

I used to think you needed at least three wood species to make something pop but I think I surprised myself with this board that there is more than just the wood. The sizing, the flow, the profiles, list goes on and on, but you can definitely make a unique piece w as little as 2 species. A little patience and time spent thinking it through payoff in the end.

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#4 posted 04-10-2020 02:19 PM

Beautiful combination of woods! I Love it!!!

-- Josip,Calgary AB

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#5 posted 04-10-2020 02:29 PM

I know that amount of work you put into making that, awesome job!

(now go to the shop and clean those glue drips off of your clamps! 8^)

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#6 posted 04-10-2020 09:17 PM

Nice work – one of the best boards I’ve seen in a while!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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