Endgrain Butherblock Cutting Board

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Project by Chad Hamlin posted 05-01-2012 03:52 PM 2494 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an end grain, butcher block cutting board, measuring approximately 14” x 16” x 2” thick. The board is made from Rock Maple and Walnut, alternating in a checkerboard fashion. This particular board includes a juice moat on the top, and a decorative cutout on the bottom for hand holds. I prefer to put rubber feet on the boards so that they dont scoot, but that is a personal preference. I always coat my cutting boards with several coats of mineral oil, with routine re-coats as needed. I hope that you enjoy the pics and thank you for visiting.

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#1 posted 05-01-2012 05:11 PM

Nice Board, I like the cut outs on the bottom. The hand holds were a great idea

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#2 posted 05-01-2012 10:16 PM

You aligned the pieces perfect. I have never seen hand holds designed like that. Good job!

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#3 posted 05-02-2012 09:48 AM

Nice job I use the same rubber feet on all mine. the bottom cut-out is interesteing. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-15-2012 11:30 AM

How do you do the juice groove? Nice board.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#5 posted 05-15-2012 12:48 PM

Thank you for the compliments. These are fun little projects and can be addicting. Andrew, to answer your question, I have tried several ways, but have settled on one (currently). I try to target dimensions of 14×16 for my cutting boards. I have made templates that work with that size. One of those templates is for the juice groove. Basically, i took a piece of 3/4” MDF, cut out a rectangle that a size that represents the OUTSIDE dimensions of the groove. I use a sharp, groove bit (rockler), and a sign bushing. Clamp the template to the cutting board, and rout away. BE CAREFUL to hold the router tight to the template, and take your time. The first one i did, drifted on me, and i had to sand down 1/4” to save the board. I am getting ready to rout some more this week, so ill take some progress pictures. Good Luck!

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#6 posted 05-15-2012 02:16 PM

That would be just awesome, thanks!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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