Massive end grain cutting board makes it's Turkey Day debut

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Project by jfk4032 posted 11-28-2020 01:01 PM 1021 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently made this massive 19” x 24” black walnut end grain cutting board with a sloping 1/8” to 3/4” cutting surface to contain the juices from a big bird. Previous boards I made even with an extra wide perimeter gravy/juice moat, still couldn’t contain all of the liquid runout during carving. This did the trick with ease! For scale, that is a 19 lb. cooked turkey.

After doing the normal end grain glue up, I hot glued a 3/4” wood scrap strip underneath one of the long edges to create the desired cutting surface slope. Then I just proceeded with a standard pocket tool path cut out. This method ensured I wouldn’t get any stepping/stair-casing if I had tried to angle the pocket as it cut the varying depths. I sanded to 240 and applied several coats of mineral oil.

The size of this large board was determined so it would max out a thin leftover space we had in our new kitchen cabinets for long and skinny objects which we were able to get an available mini-cabinet door.

Hope everyone had a nice and safe Thanksgiving during the pandemic!

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 03:35 PM

Nice solution for “juice management”. Beautiful board as well!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 03:39 PM

Great idea for a cutting board, just picked up a drum sander yesterday to make some end grain boards!
Curious how much lumber did it take?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 11-28-2020 04:04 PM

Nicely thought out Joel. The bird looks delicious!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 04-20-2021 11:27 PM

Very nice job!

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