I like making end grain cutting boards

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Project by Philzoel posted 12-31-2011 12:13 AM 7086 views 26 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started making end grain cutting boards about a year ago and can’t stop. I love it.

I have made about 12. Each one is different. I have put 5 in consignment at art stores and have sold 3 for about $100 each. Did not do this for money, just for finding out if people really liked them. The rest I gave away for Christmas presents. They were received with great enthusiasm.

Each board has end slots for handles for easy carrying and good rubber feet to keep them from sliding around. Finish is to 220 grit and cutting board poly. They are 18×12 x 1.25 inches.

Making boards is complex and challenges my engineering skills. Especially the triangle ones. Laying out and cutting the triangles has to be exact.

wood is: hard maple, cherry, walnut, purple hart, Birch plywood.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 12:30 AM

Great boards all around.
I especially like pic 3.
Thanks for sharing.
Welcome to LumberJocks.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 01:07 AM

Very nice work Philzoel! Welcome aboard and thanks for posting.

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#3 posted 12-31-2011 01:59 AM

Welcome to LJs Philzoel. You came to the right place for cutting boards. We have some real talented artists in that arena and it looks like your talents will fit into an already talented mix. Hope you enjoy it here.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 12-31-2011 02:04 AM

Nicely done. Were the diamond ones glueups of thin strips? Really like the diamonds and the way they catch the light.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#5 posted 12-31-2011 02:06 AM

Very nice boards. I will be making my first one soon.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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#6 posted 12-31-2011 02:34 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks! Nicely done. I wouldn’t have thought to use ply in cutting boards. Can that stand up to actual cutting usage? I like the way that it looks, but i’m worried about the glue between the plies when the cutting board get washed.


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#7 posted 12-31-2011 02:50 AM

Joe I don’t know yet. I’ve two away with the plywood and made that same caution. Glue may delaminate. Also the edge grain may cut and be ugly after use. I told them it has a 100% guarantee. Experimenting.

Scot. They look like hard work but there plywood. Birtch. The hard work is to cut the plywood on an angle to make the diamond. Was not easy at first.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 03:54 AM

Really nice designs. Do you use a jig to cut the triangles?
I just made my first end grain c/b today. all my others were straight grain.

-- Chuck

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#9 posted 12-31-2011 04:48 AM

Welcome to Ljs
These are very special boards with a great design.


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#10 posted 12-31-2011 04:57 AM

Jim I cut long boards on table saw at angle. 2 to 1 ratio at 26.565 degrees and glue up and then cut at 1.25 inches for end grain.

Thanks all for your complements. Makes me feel proud of my work

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 05:23 AM

Great designs!!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 05:37 AM

Some of the most beautiful designs I have seen .
Very high degree of craftsmanship and precision and welcome to LJ’s .
I am sure you will be welcome in the boardroom


-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 02:46 PM

Good boards. I especially like the third one.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 05:13 PM

These are beautiful, but ..plywood in an end grain board? I would not use them..just for decoration..but they are pretty…and superbly crafted!


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#15 posted 12-31-2011 05:36 PM

@Brad, You are probably right brad. I hope not. I currently have 2 boards out on test. De-lamination is only the first worry. The second is the with-grain part of plywood will likely cut and get ugly. If this happens I will stop using it. I like my wood to work as well as be pretty.

Thanks for your thoughtful comments.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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