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    End Grain Cutting Boards

    Nothing fancy here - these are meant to work!

    I had a nice hunk of 8/4 red oak left over from my queen size platform bed project and had thought for months about using it for an end grain cutting board. This is the result.
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    The large board is about 15.75" by 12.25"; small one is 7" square. I had intended to make just the large board and made up a couple of extra strips in case I had an issue with any others. All of them worked out fine, so I decided to make a little sister for the big board.

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    The board I started with was about 1.875" thick by almost 10" wide. By the time I milled it up, I had strips a hair larger than 1.75" square by 14" long. The wood remained stable throughout the processes because it was a quartersawn piece to start with and had been in my shop for a couple of years. I wanted something other than square corners and played with some options in SU. I printed a template and shaped a scrap of 1/4" plywood to use as a pattern to mark the corners. After bandsawing and disc sanding, I had the shape I wanted. A 1/4" roundover on the top and bottom edges finished both boards. The next step was to apply several coats of mineral oil.

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    Bill Arnold
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    Great looking board
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    I like that.

    End Grain cutting boards - TRUE butcher block - is on my list.

    Yours look great.

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    Looks great, the big one should just about hold a nice sized steak and the little can be devoted to the onion rings call me when they're ready Bill
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    Really nice Bill Did you run them thru a drum sander or did the glue up go well enough you could just go to orbital?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    Looks great, the big one should just about hold a nice sized steak and the little can be devoted to the onion rings call me when they're ready Bill
    Sounds like a plan, Ken!


    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Bower View Post
    Really nice Bill Did you run them thru a drum sander or did the glue up go well enough you could just go to orbital?
    Thanks, Jeff. I ran them through the drum sander with 80 grit to knock off the glue squeeze-out. They were actually pretty flat, but I ran them through the drum sander with 120 grit to perfect them. After I rounded the corners and the top and bottom edges, I used my ROS with 150 grit to smooth out both boards.
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    Great looking cutting boards!
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    Nice boards, but I think I'd have a problem using them.

    Oak is an open cell wood. Food juices can turn the board rancid. The mineral oil finish would have to be renewed often, I would think. Don't know really. Just have this thought.

    That said, I have a couple of boards for show only; one because it has mahogany, also open celled, in it, and the other is a demo board of complimentary template routing, maple, cherry and walnut swirl. I have other boards to use, so these are for show only.
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    Love the look of the grain pattern. I too shy away from open cell species for "daily user" cutting boards but, have used all kinds of things for decorative boards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carol Reed View Post
    Nice boards, but I think I'd have a problem using them. ...
    I've used a wood cutting board for 15 years. Granted, it's an edge-grain board I made, but still wood. When I use it, I wash it immediately with dish detergent (Dawn) and a scrubbing pad to cut the fats, etc., from the board. After a few uses, I refresh the mineral oil. When one actually uses a board like that, one can see when it's time to add more oil to the surface.

    After the initial coats of mineral oil settle into these boards, I'm planning to add beeswax to the blend for a bit more protection.

    While many commercial boards are made with woods such as maple and ash, a lot of them are made with red oak.
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