My first End Grain Cutting Board.. I now have an excuse to buy a new plane.

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Project by Dan posted 05-09-2011 07:06 PM 6805 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first end grain cutting board with a zig zag design. I got the plans from I followed his directions exactly as described and for the most part it was all rather straight forward. I thank him for taking the time to post his detailed directions.

This project started as a gift for my Grandmothers birthday but after my first glue up was complete I realized I had enough to make two small boards. So I ended up making two of these and I gave the other one to my Mother-in-Law for Mothers Day.

The board is made from Maple and Mahogany. After each glue up I hand planed the edges flat before doing the next glue up. It was a little time consuming but I wanted to ensure no gaps in the joints. The only real problem I ran into was I was probably not as careful as I could have been when doing the final glue up process. My main focus was making sure to line the pattern up and I spent less focus on keeping everything as flat as I could. The end result was an end grain board needing a lot of flattening. I guess I didn’t think it would be as much trouble as what it was. Needless to say I will be much more careful next time.

To flatten the final board I first hit it with an assault from several of my block planes to knock out the higher spots. I then used my random orbit sander on it and after a rather long time of sanding I finally got the first board flat. For the 2nd board I really didn’t want to spend the kind of time sanding that I did on the first so I tried doing it all with my planes. The smaller bench planes kept choking out on me so I hit it with the biggest and heaviest I have and thats my #8. I have a new premium blade in that plane which helped but it was still a chore. Both boards were then hand sanded with a fine grit and finished with a food safe wood oil.

I think it would be nice to have a low angle bench plane for times like this. I am thinking this is a good excuse for me to buy a new low angle plane.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 05-09-2011 07:34 PM

I love the multi-colored shavings. :-)

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#2 posted 05-09-2011 07:38 PM

Yes, don’t screw up your bench plane… I was also happy finishing off with a well honed card scraper instead of a sander. Give it a shot next time.

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#3 posted 05-09-2011 08:28 PM

looks really nice dan…and sounds like a good excuse to get that new plane…go for it…it also might work well for possum…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 05-09-2011 09:00 PM

mtkate- I don’t have a card scraper either so maybe I will have to get one and try that. Thanks for the tip

Grizzman- I am not worried about the possum anymore. I am now worried about a skunk that I just discovered is living in my wood shed in the backyard. Its sprayed two of my cats all ready. I don’t want to go get some lumber and have it spray me.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#5 posted 05-09-2011 09:12 PM

Check out Todd Clippinger on this site. He has a most excellent card scraper video. It helped me immensily. Such an inexpensive but effective tool.

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#6 posted 05-09-2011 09:15 PM

I just had lunch. Now I have an excuse to buy another plane! I’ve accepted my addiction and just live with it. I catch myself bidding on planes I already have. There’s always a good excuse to buy another plane.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#7 posted 05-10-2011 12:35 AM

I would pass the plane by and go for a 38” drum sander; why not go for the gusto!!

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#8 posted 05-10-2011 02:36 AM

Wow Dan what a beautiful project. The ladies in your life are truely blessed to have someone take the time and make the effort to produce such a memorable gift.

Keep those projects coming.

-- Have you hugged your tools today?

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#9 posted 05-10-2011 06:40 AM

Hi Dan.

Larry Degoose is going to be running a course here on these boards. You might want to drop in on it, just for another slant on the process.

Beautiful job on the boards.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 05-14-2011 02:49 AM

nice work and patern

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#11 posted 05-23-2011 04:09 PM

That turned out very nice. And good job coming up with an excuse to buy another tool. Thanks for adding the link to the “how to”. If I ever get my shop set back up, maybe I’ll take a shot at making this board.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#12 posted 05-23-2011 04:10 PM

Beautiful work!

-- christopheralan

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#13 posted 05-17-2012 02:45 AM

So, did you ever get the LA bench plane?

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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