Monthly Archives: October 2014

End Grain Chopping Board – Cherry, Maple & Walnut

End grain chopping board in Maple, Cherry and Walnut

This end-grain chopping board was a gift made for an old teammate, confidant and incredibly close friend.  A pal.  A man’s man. A ladies man. An all-round good guy. One of life’s winners. You know, the kind of guy who deserved it, and that had previously given me a piece of cherry that I had used for another end-grain board, and I wanted to make him something with the remainder.  The one I made for myself was a little smaller, and is primarily used as a cheese board.

Making an End Grain Chopping Board

The design for this board was created with CB Designer – a great little program that helps you work out the design before making a cut. There is also an online version that is handy for those that don’t manage to get the original installed… (does not work with Internet Explorer, but seems to work fine with Firefox).

Edge grain glue up

dried edge grain glue up



This is the initial glue-up, following ripping the cherry, maple and walnut to the correct widths (note: the height doesn’t really matter at this stage, as we will plane it down once glued).



Afterwards, we run it through the planerPlaned edge grain board





Crosscutting the edge grainThen we cut it to height using a cross-cut sled on the table saw, and line them up on end, and flip every second piece to create the pattern




Glue-up End-grain cutting board glue up





Then sand it down smooth board




round-over the cornersThen round-over the edges

wipe on varnish, midway through...




Then, for this one, I used the Wood Whisperer’s wiping varnish method, although



16-end-grain-board-post-varnishingI’m still not 100% convinced about it’s longevity, but it looks good at the start!




Feet on end grain chopping boardAdded feet




The finished article: End grain chopping board in Cherry, Maple and Walnut.  Even though he only uses it as a cheese board as he’s too scared to use it. End grain chopping board in Maple, Cherry and Walnut


Also, here is a test to check something

Walnut, Cherry & Maple Cutting Board

Drew cabinet cutting board

This board was a 40th birthday present for a friend.  He had asked if I could knock him together a board as his existing board was in bad shape.  He has a slot in his kitchen counter that the existing one slides into. This is a long-grain board, so not ideal as a chopping board, however, still better than the existing plywood one that has seen better days!

Walnut maple & cherry cutting board First I cut the walnut, maple and cherry stock to the desired length and widths, following glue-up, the board was run through the planer to make a straight board.  I marked out dovetails to cut and attach an extra piece of wood to act as a pull for the board to remove it from it’s slot in the cabinet. I then hand-cut dovetails and glued the pieces together.





Walnut maple & cherry cutting board   Walnut maple & cherry cutting board I then routed a juice channel in the walnut, maple & cherry cutting board, as well as adding a groove on the underside of the dovetailed walnut piece to allow for easy removal from its slot. The cutting board was then finished with several coats of mineral oil. Walnut maple & cherry cutting board walnut-maple-cherry-cutting-board5   Walnut maple & cherry cutting board Voila – one walnut, maple & cherry cutting board.  Now, only 8 months later, I managed to get round to cuting a chunk of the handle off as it won’t fit in the slot, and fixing his cabinet as the board is too thin for the existing rickety rails.  Note to self: start too big next time. Here are some more shots of the finished article with the trimmed handle and a new groove routed in to make it easer to grab.

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And here are a few shots of it in situ.

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