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Project by Trackman posted 02-13-2012 12:47 AM 2210 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before Christmas I had cut and glued several end grain cutting boards, that is, until my new Delta drum sander fell apart. I was finished with five of the seven and the others had to wait. I was able to get the parts right away, but there’s no authorized warranty service within 150 miles of my home.
I finally got around to taking it apart and fixing it myself and went to work on finishing the remaining two boards for a lady at work. She wanted to buy them, but I feel funny about charging for my work (I want it to be a hobby not a job) so we cut a deal, she would buy me good piece of 6/4 cherry or walnut and I would give her the boards.
These two are made from cherry, walnut and hard maple. They measure 11” X 16”.
I cut the end profile at the band saw then made myself an arched template so I could profile router the ends. After the ends were done I then put a 1/8 and 1/4 round-over profile on the edges at my router table. I’ve sanded to 600 grit and finished the two boards with mineral oil and Renaissance wax. The Renaissance wax is really great stuff, it almost gives it a mirror-like quality.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 08:56 AM

Beauties! Don’t be ashamed to be re-imbursed for materials and consumable supplies, you can donate your love and time spent. Your work is worth it.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 02-13-2012 02:39 PM

Love end grain! Love these cutting boards! Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
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#3 posted 02-13-2012 07:13 PM

Great boards. I have sold some stuff just to see how it feels. It pays for the wood and feels OK. I would rather know the owners though. I gave away 8 boards for xmass and that was more fun then selling them.

How is your Delta DS. I just got a Jet 16-32 plus and so far I am tickled. I feel guilty aout how much time and effort it DOES NOT take to finish out a board.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 11:40 PM

One of the sandpaper roller clips on my Delta broke right away, but now that I have it fixed it seems to work fine.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#5 posted 02-15-2012 04:10 PM

Very nicely done. I like the shape. I haven’t used Renaissance wax before. Is it food safe and is it durable?

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#6 posted 02-15-2012 11:30 PM

These boards are really never going to be used for anything more than kitchen decorations so they don’t have to be food safe. To answer your question, I’m not sure if Renaissance wax is food safe or not, but again, in this case it doesn’t have to be. As far as durability, it’s great. I put a thin coat of this wax on all of my projects, really makes the surfaces slick and beautiful. I’ve used Briwax too, and I think that the Renaissance wax is far superior.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 12:25 AM

boy, do I disagree philosophically. I want my woodwork to be used for its purpose. I encourage all my users to use the board. Its beauty is partly from using something pretty every day that works good and looks good. My engineering right brain left brain artistry comes out.

I tell them if it dulls up or you want the look back bring it back. 2 min with a OBS and skim coat of butcher block , it’d good as new. WAX does not taste good.

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#8 posted 08-23-2013 04:37 PM

Definitely beautiful work. I love the pattern that you made using the cherry, maple, & walnut.

-- AC2013, Pepperell, MA USA,

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#9 posted 08-23-2013 05:33 PM

I’ve done many of the end-grain boards and yours are excellent. I know the feeling about not wanting to charge for them since I happily give them away to friends and family. I even bartered one of my boards for three big sycamore logs from a windfallen tree. The wife says folks won’t appreciate them if they don’t pay for them in some way. Also, some folks want to pay so that they aren’t beholden to you.

Look at Etsy and eBay, see what boards are going for (figure the square inch cost to make it easy) and then charge something under that. Just because it’s a hobby doesn’t mean you don’t get paid. Just watch out for custom orders, though. That can be a real pain in the rear when you make it and then it’s “not what I wanted.”

My advice is that if they aren’t willing to pay for it, they don’t deserve it.

I’m with philzoel. I want them to use the boards and I tell them if the boards get too nicked up that I’ll reface them. So far, the wife has used hers for a couple of years with nearly no marks on it. The maple, walnut, and cherry hide the knife cuts, especially in end grain.

-- --Dale Page

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