Massive End Grain Cutting Board + Flattening Jig

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Project by JoshLawson posted 01-08-2013 01:06 AM 8949 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a massive End Grain Cutting board that I just finished for a co-worker. Apparently, they have a small kitchen island where the working surface is largely taken up by a electric range – so this cutting board was made to span the range and provide some additional working surface. It’s 24” x 34” x 1.25” made from 8/4 maple and walnut stock.

The project itself was relatively easy, but did present some challenges because of it’s massive proportions. I’d made a leveling jig with working width of 16” assuming I would never need more than that… but I was wrong. So I ended up making jig that I’ve seen both on the WoodWhisperer and the venerable Nick Offerman in FWW

Thanks for looking!

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#1 posted 01-08-2013 01:21 AM

great job!

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#2 posted 01-08-2013 01:44 AM

Wow! You can get your workout for the day just liftin this this up… Really nice.

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#3 posted 01-08-2013 03:34 AM

Nice looking board with unique feet . How long was your original glue-up ?

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#4 posted 01-08-2013 05:23 AM

Great job, and larger than I have ever tried. Your foot treatment certainly will allow support across the span! Did you do each glue up stage in pairs? Also, which glue did you use?

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 01-08-2013 12:56 PM

I did glue up in pairs initially so I could run them through my planer. Since my planner has a bad problem with snipe, I made the first long grain glue ups 12.125” x 40” x 1.75”. I used Titebond 2 glue, which I’ve never really had a problem with. The only time I don’t use it is if I need a long open time during the glue up – then I switch to slow setting epoxy.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#6 posted 01-08-2013 07:44 PM

Very neat pattern! Way to go!

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#7 posted 01-09-2013 07:26 PM

Love your work. I was curious, was there a reason you didn’t use the aluminum rails from the Panel Shaper Jig you posted a while back?


-- Alex, Los Angeles

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#8 posted 01-09-2013 09:22 PM

That’s a great question, there were two reasons: the first being that for the Panel Shaper Jig, the router was fixed to the frame, so the working width is slightly less than half of the total length of the frame – for the jig here, the router slides within the assembly (not obvious from the photo – but if you look at the woodwhisperer link above he demonstrates it well). The second was cost and availability of material. If I thought I was going to be using this jig more I would probably have made it with aluminum angle stock to keep the height down (the sides on this jig get in the way some). I would have used 1/4×1.25 aluminum angle stock.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#9 posted 01-09-2013 11:02 PM

That’s not a cutting board…. That’s a COUNTERTOP!


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#10 posted 01-12-2013 05:54 PM

Got it. I hadn’t caught that the router was fixed and the frame was sliding in your earlier jig. Makes sense to me.

I can’t wait to see what you build next.

-- Alex, Los Angeles

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