My first end-grain cutting board

I made this end-grain cutting board as a wedding gift. It is approximately 13” x 18½” x 1¼”. The pattern was inspired by Sinister and greenology. [Sinister’s blog gives you all the details on how to build it; I just used different proportions and species.] The board contains 570 pieces of 6 wood species: 1. cherry, 2. walnut, 3. oak, 4. birch, 5. maple, and 6. ash. Some of the wood—especially the birch—had a considerable variation in color, making the pattern appearance less precise. I had less-than-perfect results attempting to chamfer the edges with the router so after cutting off enough to do away with the router’s chip-out, I used a utility knife to add a 45-degree chamfer to the edge. The board is finished with mineral oil.

I thought that gluing up the board would be a nightmare, but it was actually relatively easy. (I used Titebond III.) Getting the “sticks” perfect was the harder part!

I sliced the “sticks” on the band saw (to save material). Then made a jig for gluing up the blocks.

Because of the notch in the block, they all fit together very nicely.

I used CrafsMan’s method of printing on wood to include the couple’s name and wedding date and also my name in the hand-grip area and then used several coats of polycrylic over the printing.

I wanted to wood-burn the names but the limited area proved too difficult to access on the large board.

I don’t like to waste anything! So, I used the off-cuts to make two smaller boards. This elongated board is about 6¼” x 11¼” x 1” and (in these photos) is unfinished.

The lighter center piece in this 7½” x 9¼” x 1” board (not yet finished in these photos) was less than an inch thick so I glued two pieces together so one side is all the darker pattern and one side has a light-colored center piece.

The dates on the two smaller boards were wood-burned.

All your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement are appreciated. Thanks for taking a look.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

23 Comments

Beautiful board, great workmanship, job well done congrats.

-- -- Soli Deo gloria!

Oldrivers,

Thanks for your comment. Did you ever get the photo problem solved so you could add some of your wonderful projects to this site? I actually have more success with this site than the “other” one — even with my dial-up.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

I agree with beautiful but I would add:

Bello! Magnifique!

I attempted this board from Sinister a while ago but one hairline off ruined the hole thing.

You did great.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

super build and design, outstanding workgalship,beautiful board.

-- woodworking classes, custom furniture maker

What a wonderful project and great workmanship. Thanks for all the pictures and commentary.

-- CarvedArtStudio511

Thanks for all your encouraging remarks. It was fun . . . even though a little nerve-wracking until I knew it would go together without a hitch. I decided to forego the juice groove because I was uncertain about whether it would cause chip-out and I really didn’t want to spoil it after all that work!

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

Nice work LWLL, really beautiful.

-- Jack

Very nice board.

—Madts.

-- Tor and Odin are the greatest of gods.

Great detail! Now that’s art!

-- Dave

Wonderful! You are a skilled and talented lady L/W.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

So many nice comments. You woodworkers are such a blessing!

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin

WOW! that is impressive. great job!

-- Jonathan

Wow!! If I had a cutting board this beautiful, I would never want to cut on it! What a fantastic job! Congrats!!!

-- Amor Vincit Omnia

Awesome work! I really like your choices in wood.

-- Sincerely, Sheri Noble

L/W are you telling us that you got such precise joints from simply bandsawing the “sticks” and then just glueing them together?

I agree it does look like a work of art for the wall, I only hope the new owners dont put it in the dishwasher!

P.S I have ruined many an end grain project at the final detailing stages, and more than once I tell you!

-- Regards Rob