Matching End Grain Cutting Boards

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Project by Will Stokes posted 12-26-2010 03:54 PM 3128 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Now that Christmas has passed I can safely start posting holiday presents. Here is the first of several, a pair of walnut and cherry end grain cutting boards for my mother in law. They’re fairly big, 1” thick, and loosely follow TWW’s approach (I like to add a thin strip along the sides). Instead of using mineral oil and bees wax I tried a 50/50 mix of Generals Salad Bowl Finish and mineral spirits (3 coats), then a non-dilluted final layer that sat more on the top. I think I’ll skip that last coat in the future. I added rubber feet to one side so it sits above the counter top and thus avoids standing water. I banged these out a week before Christmas over my final weekend at home (you can still smell the finish a little) so I’m pretty happy to have gotten them done in time.

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 06:14 PM

Those are very nice boards, I bet she loved them. I like the thin strip along the side too.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 12-26-2010 07:47 PM

do u really use mineral spirits?? the boards look great

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#3 posted 12-26-2010 10:09 PM

Thanks ShopTinker. @ElmSr: yes, I really did. The idea was to thin the finish so that the board would take it up entirely. While that’s easy to do with mineral oil, I wanted to avoid building up a finish on the surface, at least not until the board was fully impregnated with finish. This way it won’t soak up water, bacteria, etc. We’ll see how that turns out. This is a first for me, although I believe this is what TWW does with his boards as well.

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 02:08 AM

Nicely done Will – the thin strips really are a nice touch.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 04:27 PM

Well done Will. I am sure the were much appreciated.

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#6 posted 12-30-2010 01:57 AM

Beautiful boards : )
Why will you skip the final coat of undiluted finish ? What happened ?

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 02:55 AM

Great looking boards!

I have been thinking of adding rubber feet t mine. It prevents them from accidentally sitting in liquids and causing them to warp.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 12-30-2010 04:14 AM

@Dusty56: Perhaps I was unclear. I didn’t skip the last coat, instead I simply didn’t dillute it, I put on a 100% salad bowl finish coat in the end. I was experimenting with having that coat sit on the surface now that the interior of the board was impregnated. I’m not sure I like the result os much, I’ve never been a big fan of super glossy finishes, so in the future I probably will dillute all coats to produce a more matte finish.

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