End-grain Walnut Cutting Board

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Project by Brandon posted 01-06-2011 05:27 PM 2796 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This winter break I made two end-grain cutting boards out of walnut. These were my first cutting boards since woodshop class in jr. high and my first attempt at the end-grain style. They’re pretty basic, and we’ve seen a million of these on this site, but it’s still an attractive and relatively fun project. Many refer to it as a rite of passage.

The process. For this cutting board, I purchased some 8/4 walnut and ripped it into strips about 2 1/2” wide. Then on the miter saw I cut each piece into blocks 1 1/4” in length, which will be the thickness of the cutting board before smoothing and sanding. Then I glued the blocks together into rows; then glued the rows together one by one until it was all in one piece. I milled the board flat using a router sled and sanded the board up to 320 grit. I used a 1/4” roundover bit on the sides and walnut buttons (screw covers) for the feet. For the finish, I used Howard Butcher Block Conditioner, which contains mineral oil mixed with beeswax and carnuba wax—I think it worked pretty well.

Overall dimensions = 14” x 10 1/2” x 1 1/8”.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 01-06-2011 07:02 PM

I like the inclusion of the sapwood here… sort of reminds me of one of the calendars that has the phases of the moon on it.

So you glued these up individually then? Bet that was loads of fun!

Here’s to many years of use from your new board, and welcome to the club!

-- 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 01-06-2011 07:28 PM

Thanks, Jonathan. The moon calendar is a great description! I thought about playing around with the sapwood and creating some sort of interesting pattern with it, but I just decided to conservative.

The gluing wasn’t too bad since I did it while watching TV. :-)

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#3 posted 01-06-2011 09:01 PM

Your board has a nie look to it, i like it.

-- Vince

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