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Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
 

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Initial Design

Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
Hey Alexei, nice to meet you.

Your design looks great. But getting the end result you want is probably going to take a lot of work. Oak end grain is tough stuff. I have done a few boards and always level them with a drum sander. A planer or jointer on end grain is very risky. A few people have done it, but they go real slow and they own the planer. I wouldn't doubt that the shop would say no, you can really cause some havoc with both the blades and the board. Ask before you drive all the way there.

As far as the wood itself, is it flat? If it rocks when placed on the table saw will tell you if it needs jointing first, or the glue-up can be a bugger. Check out each piece and maybe you will be lucky.

Do you have a small belt sander? You can level one of these with it.

Good luck, and keep us posted.
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Initial Design

Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
Steve,

Sadly all I have is a Random orbital sander. which it is possible to flatten something with but takes a bit more work from my experience. I'll call that shop and see what they say, maybe they have a larger belt sander that I can use.

The wood is flat enough for the long grain glue up. But I'm fairly sure that'll need some planing. I'll take it in steps. I have tomorrow free so I might get the wood prepared and glued up and go from there.
 

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Initial Design

Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
If you have a router, you can make yourself a "sled" to flatten the pieces. It's basically two rails fixed on each side of the work and an enlarged baseplate to ride on the rails. There are a number of them shown here. Just used a large bit and go slowly.
 

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Initial Design

Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
I like the router sled concept. I had forgotten about it. I have used it in the past and even to level my bench.

Here is a picture of some random guy using my favorite design:
http://i217.photobucket.com/albums/cc158/spalm_pics/Router-Planer.jpg

Thanks Tiny,
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Initial Design

Well, I have other projects that I "need" to do first but since I just bought a new saw (Grizzly G0715P, review to come after this weekend), i figure this should give me enough practice. I will be using some oak flooring I have left over from a room renovation and some walnut I purchased. Below is the proposed design. I want to keep it simple. As I have it here it is 330 mm x 465 mm x 38.1mm. Final planing will drop the height down of course.

Therein lies the problem area. I do not own a planer (or a jointer for that matter) and I will need one multiple times for this project. I do have a woodworking store/shop within 20 minute drive from here and my original plan was to give them a call to see how much they'd charge. I'm open to other idea's but have nothing against going there.



The board will also have a rounded edge but the way I built this in solid works is going to make that a pain in the rear so i omitted it for now. There are half inch finger groves on the sides and the plan is to finish it with mineral oil.

I need to build some cabinets and general storage for closets for the folks I'm renting from and I enjoy cooking. Preparing stuff on a 6" x 10" cutting board with a depression in the middle is just brutal. I figure an end grain cutting board will provide use to everyone here. Plus if this one turns out, I have my Christmas presents for this year all sorted :D

Any recommendations that I may have missed are welcome. I've roamed around at what other people have done and the checker board pattern seems to be overdone so I thought I'd try something different.
ah yes, i forgot about that method. I'll take that into consideration, we'll see what I can scrounge up to build it with. I do feel like it'll take forever if I plan on doing it with a half inch straight bit, but oh well.
 

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Final Glue Up

Well like all things, the final design has changed from my initial plans. I got access to a very nice 30" belt sander so smoothing the initial cuts was no issue. The oak in this board is from old wood flooring so the back had ridges that needed to be flattened out.

The glue is a bit messy but that'll be cleaned up. As you can see I had some burning issues, from the look of it probably due to the way I setup to do these cuts. I did what I could with the grain, I did not have an option on how to glue the walnut, we'll see what will be revealed after this is cleaned up though.


This is how it looked before the glue up, it was just over 0.5" thick, I liked how the walnut and oak looked. Hopefully it'll look as good once I clean the board up.


The board dimensions as of now are 10" x 15.5" x 1.5". I wanted to make it wider but ran out of floor boards. Without my own jointer, i decided against the walnut border going completely around.

Now that i know I have access to a production shop with some outstanding tools I can expand my future project ideas. This will be a good crutch until I get myself set-up completely.

Thursday I plan to get the end grain sanded flat, route the finger holds and begin the process of finishing it. Wherein lie some questions. What should i be wiping the mineral oil on with and also what is a good way to get the sides. The top and bottom are simple as i just pour it on and spread it out until it soaks in, however i cannot really do this with the sides.

I am also considering putting rubber feet to protect it from standing in water and because there is a couple of knots on one side.. Just wish i had more time to be working in the "shop."
 

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Well like all things, the final design has changed from my initial plans. I got access to a very nice 30" belt sander so smoothing the initial cuts was no issue. The oak in this board is from old wood flooring so the back had ridges that needed to be flattened out.

The glue is a bit messy but that'll be cleaned up. As you can see I had some burning issues, from the look of it probably due to the way I setup to do these cuts. I did what I could with the grain, I did not have an option on how to glue the walnut, we'll see what will be revealed after this is cleaned up though.


This is how it looked before the glue up, it was just over 0.5" thick, I liked how the walnut and oak looked. Hopefully it'll look as good once I clean the board up.


The board dimensions as of now are 10" x 15.5" x 1.5". I wanted to make it wider but ran out of floor boards. Without my own jointer, i decided against the walnut border going completely around.

Now that i know I have access to a production shop with some outstanding tools I can expand my future project ideas. This will be a good crutch until I get myself set-up completely.

Thursday I plan to get the end grain sanded flat, route the finger holds and begin the process of finishing it. Wherein lie some questions. What should i be wiping the mineral oil on with and also what is a good way to get the sides. The top and bottom are simple as i just pour it on and spread it out until it soaks in, however i cannot really do this with the sides.

I am also considering putting rubber feet to protect it from standing in water and because there is a couple of knots on one side.. Just wish i had more time to be working in the "shop."
Yea!!!
You done good. It will be nice to see the next installment.

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Final Glue Up

Well like all things, the final design has changed from my initial plans. I got access to a very nice 30" belt sander so smoothing the initial cuts was no issue. The oak in this board is from old wood flooring so the back had ridges that needed to be flattened out.

The glue is a bit messy but that'll be cleaned up. As you can see I had some burning issues, from the look of it probably due to the way I setup to do these cuts. I did what I could with the grain, I did not have an option on how to glue the walnut, we'll see what will be revealed after this is cleaned up though.


This is how it looked before the glue up, it was just over 0.5" thick, I liked how the walnut and oak looked. Hopefully it'll look as good once I clean the board up.


The board dimensions as of now are 10" x 15.5" x 1.5". I wanted to make it wider but ran out of floor boards. Without my own jointer, i decided against the walnut border going completely around.

Now that i know I have access to a production shop with some outstanding tools I can expand my future project ideas. This will be a good crutch until I get myself set-up completely.

Thursday I plan to get the end grain sanded flat, route the finger holds and begin the process of finishing it. Wherein lie some questions. What should i be wiping the mineral oil on with and also what is a good way to get the sides. The top and bottom are simple as i just pour it on and spread it out until it soaks in, however i cannot really do this with the sides.

I am also considering putting rubber feet to protect it from standing in water and because there is a couple of knots on one side.. Just wish i had more time to be working in the "shop."
Soaking the board is best or you could lay the block in a cookie sheet and let it soak in a shallow layer of mineral oil and keep adding oil till it stops absorbing and flip the board over. If you have a lot of mineral oil just soak the whole board for a couple of days and keep checking to see if it is still soaking or is "filled". If you don't have a lot of mineral oil you can use your hands to rub the oil on the board, it won't hurt your hands but will do wonders for your skin! Ask me how I know. My wife will vouch for that!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
 

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Final Glue Up

Well like all things, the final design has changed from my initial plans. I got access to a very nice 30" belt sander so smoothing the initial cuts was no issue. The oak in this board is from old wood flooring so the back had ridges that needed to be flattened out.

The glue is a bit messy but that'll be cleaned up. As you can see I had some burning issues, from the look of it probably due to the way I setup to do these cuts. I did what I could with the grain, I did not have an option on how to glue the walnut, we'll see what will be revealed after this is cleaned up though.


This is how it looked before the glue up, it was just over 0.5" thick, I liked how the walnut and oak looked. Hopefully it'll look as good once I clean the board up.


The board dimensions as of now are 10" x 15.5" x 1.5". I wanted to make it wider but ran out of floor boards. Without my own jointer, i decided against the walnut border going completely around.

Now that i know I have access to a production shop with some outstanding tools I can expand my future project ideas. This will be a good crutch until I get myself set-up completely.

Thursday I plan to get the end grain sanded flat, route the finger holds and begin the process of finishing it. Wherein lie some questions. What should i be wiping the mineral oil on with and also what is a good way to get the sides. The top and bottom are simple as i just pour it on and spread it out until it soaks in, however i cannot really do this with the sides.

I am also considering putting rubber feet to protect it from standing in water and because there is a couple of knots on one side.. Just wish i had more time to be working in the "shop."
I thought about just soaking it, but don't think I have enough mineral oil on hand to do that. I have no problem buying more of course. One question, i see no reason why it cannot be poured back into a container and used again later, but is there some reason why i shouldn't?
 

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Figured i'd update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5" in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.)

Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend's place and using their belt sander and jointer isn't too much of an issue but I don't want to overuse my welcome. You can never have enough clamps…I need more, 6 is all I have at the moment, 4 24" and 2 12" they worked fine but at times I wish I had some more. I also need a good way to spread the glue around for the final glue up. I couldn't find a roller so I just took my fingers into a plastic bag and spread it that way. It works fine for gluing thin strips but spreading glue on a 24" x 11" area was a bit difficult. In the end I had just enough time to put all the pieces together, the glue was getting tacky so getting them into final position was very easy.

The board is soaking in a cookie tray filled with mineral oil. The mineral oil only covers half the board so I will have to flip it. I might need to buy some more mineral oil, I thought 24 oz for this would be enough but I might have to pick up another 8oz bottle (all i could find in a 5 minute radius) If there is enough for it to soak until saturday morning I will go out looking for a bigger bottle.

Here is the board prior to finishing, there will be feet on the bottom, which is the second photo. The belt sander left a mark that I was not able to remove, plus there is a knot in it anyways. There is also a slight mark on the top but I let it be. I had some minor burning in the finger holds, should've practiced more because the second one was already better.

Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, the pieces did not line up perfectly but I was also not using perfect wood. I will post this in the projects once this is finished soaking. Probably by the end of the weekend. I believe I have most of my Christmas present ideas now, and should be making a few more of these in the weeks to come, different designs of course. Once I actually use this thing is when I will comment on size, it's wider than my longest knife but maybe could've used a bit more length.


 

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Figured i'd update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5" in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.)

Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend's place and using their belt sander and jointer isn't too much of an issue but I don't want to overuse my welcome. You can never have enough clamps…I need more, 6 is all I have at the moment, 4 24" and 2 12" they worked fine but at times I wish I had some more. I also need a good way to spread the glue around for the final glue up. I couldn't find a roller so I just took my fingers into a plastic bag and spread it that way. It works fine for gluing thin strips but spreading glue on a 24" x 11" area was a bit difficult. In the end I had just enough time to put all the pieces together, the glue was getting tacky so getting them into final position was very easy.

The board is soaking in a cookie tray filled with mineral oil. The mineral oil only covers half the board so I will have to flip it. I might need to buy some more mineral oil, I thought 24 oz for this would be enough but I might have to pick up another 8oz bottle (all i could find in a 5 minute radius) If there is enough for it to soak until saturday morning I will go out looking for a bigger bottle.

Here is the board prior to finishing, there will be feet on the bottom, which is the second photo. The belt sander left a mark that I was not able to remove, plus there is a knot in it anyways. There is also a slight mark on the top but I let it be. I had some minor burning in the finger holds, should've practiced more because the second one was already better.

Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, the pieces did not line up perfectly but I was also not using perfect wood. I will post this in the projects once this is finished soaking. Probably by the end of the weekend. I believe I have most of my Christmas present ideas now, and should be making a few more of these in the weeks to come, different designs of course. Once I actually use this thing is when I will comment on size, it's wider than my longest knife but maybe could've used a bit more length.


Looking good, the grain of the oak makes some very nice patterns in that board.
 

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Figured i'd update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5" in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.)

Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend's place and using their belt sander and jointer isn't too much of an issue but I don't want to overuse my welcome. You can never have enough clamps…I need more, 6 is all I have at the moment, 4 24" and 2 12" they worked fine but at times I wish I had some more. I also need a good way to spread the glue around for the final glue up. I couldn't find a roller so I just took my fingers into a plastic bag and spread it that way. It works fine for gluing thin strips but spreading glue on a 24" x 11" area was a bit difficult. In the end I had just enough time to put all the pieces together, the glue was getting tacky so getting them into final position was very easy.

The board is soaking in a cookie tray filled with mineral oil. The mineral oil only covers half the board so I will have to flip it. I might need to buy some more mineral oil, I thought 24 oz for this would be enough but I might have to pick up another 8oz bottle (all i could find in a 5 minute radius) If there is enough for it to soak until saturday morning I will go out looking for a bigger bottle.

Here is the board prior to finishing, there will be feet on the bottom, which is the second photo. The belt sander left a mark that I was not able to remove, plus there is a knot in it anyways. There is also a slight mark on the top but I let it be. I had some minor burning in the finger holds, should've practiced more because the second one was already better.

Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, the pieces did not line up perfectly but I was also not using perfect wood. I will post this in the projects once this is finished soaking. Probably by the end of the weekend. I believe I have most of my Christmas present ideas now, and should be making a few more of these in the weeks to come, different designs of course. Once I actually use this thing is when I will comment on size, it's wider than my longest knife but maybe could've used a bit more length.


My two favorite glue spreaders are 1) the freebie fake credit cards that come in the mail and 2) my wife's hard rubber ink roller. The ink roller is about 4" wide and cost me $5 to replace at one of the craft stores in the area.

In hindsight I probably should have bought a new one before bringing the old one out to the shop…even the promise of getting all the glue off didn't save me from a little good natured grief.

I think I read about someone cutting teeth into the edge of one of the credit cards so that it acted like a trowel and spread uniform ribbons of glue. (may have been Dustbunnny, but my memory is a bit shady on that)
 

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Figured i'd update this real quick. I just finished sanding the board flat and routing the finger holds. The board lost 0.5" in length (stupid me forgot to change zero on my plunge base when i changed the bit.)

Looking back on this project, I wish I had more in my garage than just a Table saw, ROS, and router. Sure driving 10 minutes to my friend's place and using their belt sander and jointer isn't too much of an issue but I don't want to overuse my welcome. You can never have enough clamps…I need more, 6 is all I have at the moment, 4 24" and 2 12" they worked fine but at times I wish I had some more. I also need a good way to spread the glue around for the final glue up. I couldn't find a roller so I just took my fingers into a plastic bag and spread it that way. It works fine for gluing thin strips but spreading glue on a 24" x 11" area was a bit difficult. In the end I had just enough time to put all the pieces together, the glue was getting tacky so getting them into final position was very easy.

The board is soaking in a cookie tray filled with mineral oil. The mineral oil only covers half the board so I will have to flip it. I might need to buy some more mineral oil, I thought 24 oz for this would be enough but I might have to pick up another 8oz bottle (all i could find in a 5 minute radius) If there is enough for it to soak until saturday morning I will go out looking for a bigger bottle.

Here is the board prior to finishing, there will be feet on the bottom, which is the second photo. The belt sander left a mark that I was not able to remove, plus there is a knot in it anyways. There is also a slight mark on the top but I let it be. I had some minor burning in the finger holds, should've practiced more because the second one was already better.

Overall I am pleased with how this turned out, the pieces did not line up perfectly but I was also not using perfect wood. I will post this in the projects once this is finished soaking. Probably by the end of the weekend. I believe I have most of my Christmas present ideas now, and should be making a few more of these in the weeks to come, different designs of course. Once I actually use this thing is when I will comment on size, it's wider than my longest knife but maybe could've used a bit more length.


My favorite glue roller is:
http://www.veneersupplies.com/products/Veneer-Glue-Roller.html

It is about $10. I really like it. It is foam, and not hard. For veneering, cutting boards and everything else. I have been using it for while now. Just rinse in water after use and it is ready to go again. Maybe ask Santa to put one in your stocking. You have been a very good boy.

Steve
 
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