I asked The Husband to make us a cutting board and since we had a few weeks between big projects he whipped up a couple!
He did end grain cutting boards which is made from cutting wood against the grain and turning it on it’s edge.
Using the end-grain of the wood to make the cutting boards gives them a little more visual interest than simply cutting the wood with the grain.
If you want to try this you’ll need a couple of tools:
*Electric Hand Sander or Belt Sander is helpful but you could sand by hand
*Exterior Wood Glue
*Hardwood- 1 and 3/4 inch thick
For a 13 x 18 inch board : Cut 1 and 1/2 inch wide strips 19 inches long- you need 9 of them
Glue strips together in a random pattern different than they were to begin with and clamp. Dry overnight…
Cross-Cut this piece of wood (Across the grain as opposed to with the grain) into 1 and 1/2 inch strips.
***Now turn your Corss-Cut pieces up on their edges (this exposes the end-grain).
Arrange your pieces in a random pattern, that you like!
In this example I offset the squares by 50% instead of doing a checker-board pattern.
Now glue and clamp these together-
After it dries completely, trim the edges to square and sand until the lines seem to disappear and the surface is smooth.
Apply food-safe mineral oil…(we got a small bottle of Mario Batali food safe Mineral Oil at Publix Supermarket)
This end grain butcher block (below) was made from Teak Wood which has beautiful end grain character.
And this one was made from Walnut and Ash wood, the Walnut was left over from The Husband’s Arched Tudor door. (HERE)
Next he’s going to make a few bread and cheese boards and I’ve asked him to make one to give away on the blog!!!
~Find joy in your journey today my friends~
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