End Grain Chopping Board

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

This end grain chopping board was made as a (late – shock) housewarming gift for some close friends.  Made from walnut, maple and cherry. I used the CB Designer program to design the board.

End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry  End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry

After milling the stock to size, and glue up, the long grain was run through the planer.

End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry  End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry

The long grain board was then cut into 1 1/4″ chunks, turned to end grain, and flipping every second strip to create the checkerboard stripes on the outside.

End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry  End grain chopping board - maple, walnut, cherry

Following the second glue up, the end-grain board was planed (carefully!), and the board was trimmed on the cross-cut sled.

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry  End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

A small round-over was used on the edges, and then handles were carved out at the router table using a bowl-cutting bit.

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry  End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

The unfinished end-grain board was then oiled up with mineral oil on my favourite finishing surface – a big long-grain board that always enjoys the left over oil, but is obviously not great for taking photos against…

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry  End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

After oiling the bottom of the board, the top got several treatments.  I added four rubber feet to complete the chopping board.

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

The finished article – End grain chopping board in cherry, maple and walnut.  Not perfectly aligned, but still a good looking board, and the recipients have been hacking away nicely at it and using it as intended! Here it is after a few months use:

End grain chopping board - walnut, maple, cherry

 

One thought on “End Grain Chopping Board

  1. Aaron

    The knife feel is perfect- not too hard, not too soft. Now my favorite board- it stays on the counter and the rest stay in the cabinet- thanks Steve!

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