End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Tanner Lovelace posted 01-02-2011 06:44 AM 9179 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an end grain cutting board I made using redheart, bubinga, and tiger wood. The redheart was great to work with, the bubinga wasn’t bad, but the tiger wood was an absolute nightmare as it tended to shatter rather than plane or join. The board was inspired by a podcast I saw from The Wood Whisperer but his only had two types of wood.

I actually made two of these. One of them I gave as a birthday present to a friend of mine who recently left her computer tech job to go to culinary school. The other I gave to my Mom for Christmas. The latter is why even though I finished this project back in August, I didn’t post anything about it until after Christmas! (My mom is fairly tech savvy and it would have spoiled her present seeing it online.)

Anyway, I’m fairly pleased with how it came out. I finished it like the Wood Whisperer podcast suggested. I used a mix of a wiping varnish and mineral spirits and apply it until the wood stops absorbing it, not trying to build a finish but rather just to seal off moisture. I’m fairly pleased with the results.

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#1 posted 01-02-2011 06:46 AM

nice choices of wood—turned out great!

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#2 posted 01-02-2011 06:53 AM

I agree it turned out real nice.

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#3 posted 01-02-2011 07:00 AM

Very cool design. Those brittle woods can be a bugger to work with. Snakewood is beautiful but quite brittle too.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 01-02-2011 11:11 AM

Cool design yes

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#5 posted 01-02-2011 12:44 PM

I like it a lot. The grain pattern is cool.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 01-02-2011 04:29 PM

I agree, the striations of the tigerwood really make this stand out. I also like the angle you cut on the edges. What was the final size? I use Marc’s heated mineral oil and bees wax combo on my LVDTs. I have a pizza peel to finish and asked him about using the wiping varnish method and he thought it should do just fine in that application. Is the LVDT square or does the pic give the ends a little arch look? I saw some at Christmas time that had a small arch to them and it looked very nice as this one does. If it is a design arch, nice touch. Very nice work. Your mom will treasure it forever. NOW, let’s see some more…..

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#7 posted 01-02-2011 06:36 PM

Great job just love the wood! The black Lines are amazing well done!

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

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#8 posted 01-02-2011 07:03 PM

The grains and colors of the woods make this extra special. I like redheart too. I have used bloodwood and it’s sooo hard, redheart is much easier to work with and has more personality(grain)

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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