The Obligatory End Grain Cutting Board...

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Project by mlindegarde posted 12-30-2011 09:11 PM 2009 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seemed like the cool thing to do this holiday season… that and my step-father actually asked for a butcher block style cutting board. I don’t think I’ll be doing this again until I’ve got a better method to level the surface than a random orbit sander.

The wood is Purple Heart and Hard Maple. I used a 1/8’’ round over bit to smooth the edges and finished it with the salad bowl finish mixture described by the Wood Whisperer. All-in-all I think it turned out pretty well.

As a side note, I decided to try out my new Bosh Colt router with this project. I had a nice smooth round over on my test piece but ended up with some beading on the cutting board. A quickly realized that the bit was not properly aligned. I also had trouble with adjusting the depth of the bit. I quickly returned that thing and I think I’ll be moving on to the DeWalt model.

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 10:32 PM

Very nice!

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#2 posted 12-30-2011 10:58 PM

Excellent cutting board. I’m sure your step-father loved it.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 02:03 AM

curious how thick your board is?

-- Mike, Portage, WI

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 02:48 AM

Nice job. Sounds like a belt sander should be your next tool buy. Since most of us here don’t have the funds for drum sanders, they are your best but for levelling/flattening/surfacing end-grain cutting boards. Thickness planers should be avoided with end-grain boards.


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#5 posted 12-31-2011 06:18 AM

I’m not 100% sure, but somewhere just north of 1.5’’. The wood started out around 8/4 thick.

I’m one of those guys that ends up spending more time reading about what to do in the shop than actually in the shop. On the downside, it takes me forever to finish things. On the plus side, it keeps the costs way down. From what I’ve read, the belt sander does seem to be the best solution for end-grain. However, it isn’t something I do every day. I’m not sure what my next tool will be (probably a drill press), but I’m pretty sure it won’t be a drum sander… unless I win the lottery AND I can convince my wife it’s a worth while investment.

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 06:52 AM

Nice job, I just made one for my wife a few weeks ago out of the same material. I was a little diappointed that the purpleheart on mine didnt stay purple, it faded to a maroonish brown color. Did you do something to yours to keep that bright purple?

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 07:11 AM

@Third Day Woodworking
I didn’t do anything special. What finish did you use? That may have played a role in the color change.

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