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    End Grain Cutting Board Project

    I am making a couple of end grain cutting boards. One for myself and the other to go in our gallery here at It's a Burl. This thread is not to sell these. I need to make something other than knife handle blocks once in a while to maintain my sanity. So for me, making these boards is therapy.

    The wood I am using is end grain maple cut from the heart of a large maple stump burl that I cut about 5 years ago. One will be freeform in shape (for me) the other a large rectangle.

    These are the chunks I will be working with.
    So far they have just been drum sanded flat and even thickness.



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    I love the free form piece, is there any drawback to using solid boards as opposed to a bunch of blocks glued together?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The hekler View Post
    I love the free form piece, is there any drawback to using solid boards as opposed to a bunch of blocks glued together?
    The board will likely develop cracks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Marko Tsourkan View Post
    The board will likely develop cracks.
    if the piece is well seasoned and homogeneous this is not the case.

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    This is the freeform piece after I finished shaping how I wanted it.
    I will be using it as a cutting board sometimes and the rest of the time it will go on the dining table like a trivet.



    As Marko said, an end grain single piece board is prone to cracking.
    This can be avoided with proper handling and preparation of the wood.
    For example with this piece. I cut it into slabs about 5 years ago.
    After that it was dried slowly indoors.
    Early in the summer I put it into a dehumidification kiln to take the moisture content down from 12% to under 8%.
    While I am working it will be kept in a warm dry area.
    In the end It will be oiled over all surfaces with multiple coats.

    You can still make it crack after all that.
    .... you will just have to try a lot harder
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    SNAP ... 5 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    SNAP ... 5 years.
    +1. Cool project, Mark. I didn't know you made other stuff. Do you have a gallery of your own work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johndoughy View Post
    SNAP ... 5 years.
    Do you mean 5 years from when originally cut?,
    or 5 years from when cut into slabs?,
    or 5 years from when I finish the board?

    Whatever your answer........I'll take that bet.

    I will show more reasons why after I go farther with the board.

    Quote Originally Posted by tk59 View Post
    +1. Cool project, Mark. I didn't know you made other stuff. Do you have a gallery of your own work?
    The main purpose of the place here (It's a Burl) is to make things from burl and figured woods for the 2 galleries we have on the grounds. Most of my time is taken with the knife handle woods, but I still make stuff for the galleries. Mostly weird boxes.
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    No, I meant "OH SNAP". 5 years is a helluva long time to wait for a piece of wood to dry out. I suppose the REAL reason why people don't make one-piece boards isn't because they *always* crack, it's because most folks don't want to spend the better part of a decade making a suitable chopping block. You, as usual, are the rare exception.

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    Cool

    Very interesting looking board! I bet when it is finished and all oiled it will look spectacular!!

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