Walnut/Maple/Sapele End Grain Butcher Block Cutting Board

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Project by Rob posted 03-24-2014 10:57 AM 7411 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The board is L28 x W18.5” x T1.65”
I used Walnut, Hard Maple, and Sapele
The finish is called “Salad Bowl Finish” by General Finishes. I cut the finish with 50% Mineral Spirits (two coats)

So it took me about 3 weeks to complete this one. It was my first attempt, and I will not lie. It is very frustrating at times due to all the movement, and the wood being of all different species didn’t help the situation. But I am more than happy with the results, and the weeks of ripping out my hair and bothering some of the awesome, helpful peolpe on this site, has def paid off. I have made two more since this one, and will post them as well once finish is applied and dried. They’re becoming easier and easier to make, but one thing reamins a constant. THESE THINGS MOVE…A LOT. IDK if it is bc I am always using different species of woods, or maybe it’s bc there are som many glue joints (creating space for the wood to wiggle), the change in weather, moisture, or maybe a combination of everything. I am making the next one (my 4th) out of all Rock Maple, so we will have somewhat of a reference point as to if the problem could be to different species of woods all not getting along, and trying to settle in different directions. We’ll see, and I will post my results.

-- Rob, Middletown NJ

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#1 posted 03-24-2014 11:31 AM

Wow, Rob… looks great. You can butcher a sheep on it!


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#2 posted 03-24-2014 12:16 PM

Haha, yes! Or lamb! What’s the difference? Idk, but leg of lamb is GOOD EATS! Thanks man. Have made a few more and sold them, I will post soon.

-- Rob, Middletown NJ

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#3 posted 03-24-2014 12:37 PM

looks great, the end grain boards are definitely the hardest to make. Nice job though on sticking with it.

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#4 posted 03-28-2014 04:07 PM

It came out really great looking, attractive wood combo and great finish. Well done!

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#5 posted 04-03-2014 12:37 PM

Very nice!

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#6 posted 04-03-2014 01:11 PM

Jordan, thank you sir!

-- Rob, Middletown NJ

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