End grain cutting boards

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Project by rrdesigns posted 06-23-2011 05:14 PM 2427 views 7 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first end grain cutting boards. Maple, Honduran Mahogany, Purple Heart and Walnut. Never stopped to think how labor intensive these are until I actually tried to make one! Even ordered a wood burning brand to mark all my hard work as my own. Ready to try again…

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#1 posted 06-23-2011 05:28 PM

These are really nice! I appreciate the extra work you had to do just for those two lines of maple on each end. Really nice touch!


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#2 posted 06-23-2011 06:11 PM

Wow! Makes me look at my pen blanks in a whole new way…

I haven’t done end grain boards. How did you get from the last picture (showing all the pieces stacked up) to the board-shaped product? Did you glue them all together in that big lump, and if so, how did you cut them apart afterward – bandsaw?

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#3 posted 06-23-2011 06:48 PM

I’m calling the strips “color” and “pattern” for clarity. The color strips are glued together first from the originally cut pieces of each wood. After gluing, they are stacked vertically and horizontally to create your pattern. Then you cut the color strips into your desired finished board thickness and glue them to each other to establish your pattern. I glued the strips into quarter sections, then halves and then the two halves together to create the board. I used this excellent tutorial to get me started with the procedure (thanks “dewoodwork”) but created my own design:

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#4 posted 06-23-2011 06:56 PM

Thanks for the description and the link! That’s very helpful.

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#5 posted 06-24-2011 04:05 AM

Very nice!!!!

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