Endgrain cutting board

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Project by Wagon173 posted 03-30-2014 02:21 AM 1180 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I haven’t done any wood working since high school. I was quite into it and took it all four years but have since become interested in automotive and machining. When we moved back to my home town, my dad gave me a cheepy contractor table saw, and miter saw, and I had come by a decent old powerkraft RAS doing some work for a local older lady that my family has known forever. After cranking out a couple of shelves for my shop, all of the sudden, my wife thinks I’m bob the builder. She asked me for a cutting board which seems to have sparked an old love. I have had an absolute blast building this and mostly doing it the ghetto way for every step since all of my tools are for metal. To add to the ghetto factor, we’re basically starting over after my discharge so throwing a bunch of money at a new hobby was out of the question. This had to be done on the cheap. Around here hardwood is hard to come by, especially when you’re broke. However, there just happens to be a nice pile of oak that is being burned as I type to keep me warm. I grabbed a few pieces and rough squared them with an axe and hatchet. Then I milled them close to dimension on my little band saw. She struggled and fought it, but with patience and a light consistent touch, she pulled through. Then I cut them down to size on the table saw. At this point all of my C clamps and vice grips were useless and I had no way to clamp these things. I grabbed some angle iron and welded it to roughly the size i needed and reinforced the seems so that I could use a sliding surface between my box and my cutting board. I used a floor jack to clamp my pieces inside my reinforced box and patted myself on the back. My success was short-lived when I came to the realization that I had to flatten it. Luckily I had found a jack plain at a yard sale for 5 dollars. Sharpening the blade wasn’t an issue as I have everything I need for my metal toys/tools. Anyway that was a pain but got it to the point that I could hit it with my little vibrating 1/4 sheet sander that I’ve been packing around for years mostly for vibrating concrete castings and such. Through a series of lessons and a sharp end grain learning curve, the cutting board is about 75% as big as it was supposed to be and the pattern is all out of wack. But my wife hasn’t noticed so I win.

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 08:55 PM

The results speak for themselves. Very nicely done. Although they have a reputation for being simple and for beginners, endgrain cutting boards can take a lot of work and aren’t that easy. Fortunately you had some skills and knowledge others don’t. A good saw, a crapload of clamps, and a drum sander go a long way for these and not many beginners have them. By the way, I didn’t notice the pattern was off until you mentioned it. Don’t tell anyone and they won’t know.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 08:57 PM

Nice … “Cutting Board”.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 04-02-2014 03:43 PM

Yea, I got around the clamp issue with relatively little trouble. But the drum sander would have been a god send. I actually just ran into a buddy of mine from high school who I haven’t seen since I joined the army. He’s got a pretty successful cabinet shop here and offered to let me use his drum sander or other tools on occasion if I need to. You wood workers have got to be the most generous group of tradesmen ever. C’mon over and use my equipment, said no machinist, ever. :P

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#4 posted 04-03-2014 12:41 AM

I love the story of this cutting board. Way to use your tool-toting know-how.

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#5 posted 04-04-2014 01:36 PM

It came out great, very nice wood colors and grains. Definitely you have talent and skills in woodworking.

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