Inlayed End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by jmartel posted 03-20-2014 12:57 AM 2931 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this for a friend who wanted a larger board for his wife. It measures 15”x20”x2” thick and is made out of African Mahogany with quilted maple inlays from a board I found at Home Depot in their reject bin for $6.

Won’t bore everyone with the standard way of making end grain cutting boards, but for the inlay you do the following:

Trace the letters with a knife where you want them to go, remove waste with a router, chisel the corners square, pound the letter in with some glue and a BFH (Big effing hammer), sand it all flush. Need to make sure you don’t have any interferences before pounding the letters in or it will split your work/break the letters and ruin everything.

Finish is loading it up with mineral oil till it won’t take anymore, and then rubbing beeswax on top and buffing it out. Entire thing was sanded to 220 first.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#1 posted 03-20-2014 01:17 AM

Very cool lookin board J. Thats some steady handed router work. Your Buddy’s wife is gonna be a happy gal.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 03-20-2014 04:24 AM

That’s one deep inlay. Is it end grain too?


-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-20-2014 05:17 AM

No it is not. I thought about doing it end grain as well, but I was hoping the figure would show up better than it did. There’s a bit of curl in it that doesn’t show up well in the photos. Almost looks like a pearl.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#4 posted 03-20-2014 08:41 AM

Well done, Looks great. ill send you my address being my intials are KL LOL

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

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#5 posted 03-20-2014 12:52 PM

Nicely done, jmart. You’ve got some serious router skillz.

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#6 posted 03-21-2014 12:24 AM

That is some great router work. I have thought about trying that myself, and after seeing yours turn out so well it gives me inspiration.
Another thing I’d like to mention is I have the same Bosch router as seen in your photos, and its the best one I have ever used for freehanded work. The only time I run into trouble carving something out with mine is when the wood grain is really crazy.

-- -Stephen, WV ,

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#7 posted 03-26-2014 02:04 PM

Beautiful board, like the pretty wood choices and the inlay is a great accent. Great job!

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