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How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

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How to make a cutting board.  Finished size will be 13"x15"x1-15/16".

 

1. Start with rough lumber, 1”x8”x6 foot walnut, 1”x4”x6 foot maple

 

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2. Cut to 24” long pieces

 

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3. Plane to consistent thickness, about 7/8” in this case

 

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4. Rip to desired widths, 1-1/2” for walnut, 3/4" for maple, plus two walnut pieces at 3/8”

 

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5. Arrange pieces in desired pattern

 

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6. Glue up and wait a day

 

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7. Plane flat, to about 3/4” thick

 

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8. Cross cut to desired board thickness, in this case 1-15/16” (to minimize waste)

 

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9. Arrange in pleasing pattern

 

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10. Glue up and wait a day

 

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11. Wipe excess glue off with warm water and sponge

 

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12. Sand, sand, sand, from 50 grit up to 120 grit

 

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13. Rout out side grooves for picking and holding

 

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14. Sand off corners

 

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15. Rout drainage groove on one side

 

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16. More sanding

 

17. Rout edges with roundover bit

 

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18. Apply brand

 

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19. More sanding up to 220 grit

 

20. Apply finish, 2 coats of Butcher Block oil, let each coat dry for a day, sand 220 grit before applying next coat.

 

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21. Sand 220 grit one more time, apply beeswax/mineral oil finish

 

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22. Done, ready to use after curing for 3 days

 

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Use and enjoy, reapply mineral oil or beeswax/mineral oil finish as needed (when water does not bead, time to reapply finish).

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MSWOODcraft
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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

NICELY done!

Best,

Matt Seiler
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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

An excellent tutorial and project. This forum was created for tutorials just like yours! I hope you've got more where this came from. Marlen @ WOOD

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

Thank you.

 

i have many other projects I've done over the years, but only pictures of the end results, no in progress pictures that others could benefit from.  this cutting board was donated to a charity auction to benefit St. Jude's Hospital in Nashville, winner got it for $470.

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

Great job on the cutting board and the tutorial.

 

Ron in Spartanburg

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bellmtnears
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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

I may have to try this. With all the pics to go by should be a fun project.

Thanks for taking the time to share.


Harry

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

I made an end grain cutting board a few months back, and was pleased with the result, but had a heck of time keeping the edges straight during glue up.  I ended up having to put a board on either side of the cutting board and clamping that too.  

 

I'm interested, in your 'Glue up and wait a day' step, did you have a method for keeping them all aligned?

 

Tim

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

see second picture in step 10, see how the clamps are on the sides (hard to see, but the whole mess was resting on some sticks of wood covered in blue painter's tape, to hold it off the bench).  i did that, and used other temp clamps to snug things side to side, and then applied other clamps (see step 11) to get good even pressure, and then removed the first clamps.  did this for both glue up steps, only showed it in the second glue up step.  did i make that clear?

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

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One trick I've learend with doing laminations like this is not to glue-up all the boards at once, but to glue-up three or four strips at a time. It makes it much easier to control and adjust the strips for alignment and flatness. Marlen @ WOOD

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Re: How to build an end grain cutting board, lots of pix

Nice. I have seen several projects like this but it is nice to see from start to finish. It looks so easy, but I am still intimidated on trying it. I'm taking a trip to Amish country where there are lumber stores all over the place. Its nice to know what lenghts of lumber to start out with. I'm just going buy some lumber and see how it turns out.

 

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