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Nothing too fancy, I built a small end grain cutting board from cherry. I donated it to a fundraiser for my kids school. I'm considering bidding on it if it's not drawing a good price! This was my first attempt at getting good alignment on a cutting board. As you can see, I did OK but there's definitely room for improvement.

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Looks good to me. I was wondering if it would be sturdier to offset the glue joints. I've done it both ways but does anyone know which is actually stronger?

Barbara
 

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I doubt it makes much difference, but I usually stagger them. I want to do a 3d board so I wanted to test my alignment skills. The glue line is stronger than the wood, so typically beaks happen in the wood not the glue.
 

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I like the way you book matched the end grain arches.

May I suggest you vary the sizes of your initial boards when you glue up the first stage?

Put the pieces back together after you crosscut the slab the first time. Then roll the 90 degrees to get your end grain. You can book match or roll them all the same direction. If you don't want a book match, flip every other "brick" end for end.

Designs are virtually endless. Spend some time planning and then looking at options before your second glue up.

I always chalk a triangle on the first slab before I crosscut. That way, if you drop them (it CAN happen) or you don't like the design you came up with, you can put them back as they originally were and start the design over.
 

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Thanks for the feedback, and for noticing the bookmatching that took a little planning! I tend to like symmetry and more basic designs, so I usually do a brick pattern and stick with predominantly one or two types of wood. Like I said I wanted to play with alignment on this one. I've seen some really neat boards with the varying lengths, it just isn't what I was looking for here.

The triangle's a good suggestion that I'm not very disciplined at doing, it's gotten me in trouble before so I should heed that advice!
 
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