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Online GoingMyWay

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Second End Grain Cutting Board
« on: June 19, 2018, 06:35 PM »
This is my second end grain cutting board.  We used the first cutting board in our own kitchen.  I gave this new one to my in-laws as a present for their birthdays.  I think it came out better than the first, but still not perfect.  Using the TS75 and an MFT/3 definitely made things easier.  I suppose a table saw, electric jointer, thickness planer, and drum sander would really make things a lot easier.  I'm hoping with more practice the end results will keep getting better.  Maybe 10th time will be the charm...  I'd like to try to make a more random pattern next time - hopefully something that will make the misaligned joints less obvious.

We went to a local farmer's marker the other weekend and there was a vendor selling cutting boards.  I felt a little better knowing that his seams also didn't line up perfectly either.

















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Offline neilc

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Re: Second End Grain Cutting Board
« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2018, 06:44 PM »
Looks great! 

Offline live4ever

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Re: Second End Grain Cutting Board
« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2018, 08:11 PM »
Making these (and doing a good job) without a decent tablesaw, drum sander, etc. isn't easy.  It's a testament to your skill and the tools that it's coming out nicely.
Current systainer to productivity ratio:  very high

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Second End Grain Cutting Board
« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2018, 10:13 PM »
This looks great! Very admirable considering your lack of a table saw and planer. Wood Magazine had a great plan for patterned end grain cutting boards back in 2006. It’s in issue #172 from October 2006. They use walnut, maple and cherry and they show three or four different patterns. I am sure that you can find it on Pinterest or somewhere out there in the interwebs! I have used that plan many times. It uses different width strips in the blank and then once you crosscut the strips you flip them up on end and alternate them end for end to create the pattern.

Offline Alanbach

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Re: Second End Grain Cutting Board
« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2018, 10:16 PM »
I found this picture out on the web when I searched on “Wood magazine end grain cutting board”.

Online GoingMyWay

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Re: Second End Grain Cutting Board
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2018, 09:36 AM »
Thanks for the nice comments.  The second cutting board is still very far from perfection.  It could be better, much much better, there are in fact some small gaps on the underside - hence that's the underside :).  It's also still not perfectly flat, but a lot flatter than the first cutting board and still good enough for me.

I guess I won't be quitting my day job any time soon in pursuit of my dream of making end grain cutting boards.  I quoted $125 for that size cutting board.  The 2 people I mentioned it to said that was too expensive.  I found a very similar cutting board on Amazon selling for only $65.  I wanna say I have nearly $50 worth of walnut and maple alone in the cutting board.  I guess I can make them and give them away as gifts.  If I keep going now, they might be ready in time for Christmas, hopefully Christmas of this year  [big grin].

That's a nice looking cutting board from Wood Magazine.  I'll have to look into getting the specific plans for it.
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