52 Create – Walnut End Grain Cutting Board

52 Create – my weekly creative output for 2011.  Shortly before our move, I was trying to use up some of my scrap wood as it wasn’t worth moving it, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away.  I offered my brother a cutting board and he gave me the dimensions so it would fit in his kitchen.  In the end I had to make it a bit narrower in order to fit through my planer, and I ran out of wood so the length was a tad shorter than planned.

I used walnut and maple for this cutting board. The long narrow strips were a last minute addition as I found an extra piece of maple and was trying to extend the length of the board.  I put some rubber feet on the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around on the counter top.  The board is coated in food grade mineral oil.

My other 52 Create Projects.

 

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52 Create – End Grain Cutting Board

52 Create – my weekly creative project for 2011. While I am extremely pleased with how this week’s project turned out, I’m quite surprised I made anything at all.  In the past week I had friends visiting, 2 dinner parties, 2 birthdays, and a wedding.  Sunday was of course mother’s day and I had nothing prepared, but having just bought a thickness planer (Rigid 4330) I felt that a cutting board might be in order.

It seems as though an end grain cutting board is a bit of a right of passage for a wood worker.  Not owning a planer, I had shied away from this project in the past.  I was pleasantly surprised how easy this project was and how well it turned out.  The board is made of maple and walnut left over from other projects.  Glued together with Titebond II (waterproof) and finished with mineral oil which is food safe.

As this was my first attempt I didn’t go too crazy with the pattern and I also wasn’t exactly sure on the final dimensions, so it’s a bit of an odd shape, but perfect it seems for a loaf of bread.

My other 52 Create projects.