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duckman1960

My recycled wood end grain cutting board

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Hello everyone, I am brand new to the forum. I have been reading and watching videos on The Woodwhisperer.com web pages. I was interested in the cutting boards that he had made. Now I haven't worked with woodworking tools since high school. I recently made a end grain cutting board for a friend of mine for Christmas. This is made completely from recycled lumber from work. I have went dumpster diving to get this wood. It actually is wooden pallets that we receive different kinds of metal banding on. This measures out at about 12 1/2" x 22". Now I know I have read many times not to use a planer to surface end grain cutting boards, but I glue a 2 inch block on the ends and make allot of passes through it to clean it up. I have included some pictures, I don't have many clamps so that's why I use a planer to clean it up. The pictures show a small steps I used to make the cutting board. Please remember, this is scrap lumber.......lol.......it has flaws but it adds character. Thanks for viewing my pictures.

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I like the pattern and the little blocks inside the large blocks. It looks like you did a nice job with few tools. My only concern with your board is the porosity of the wood you found. Cutting boards should be tight closed grain species. If he doesn't use it for cutting, meaning for decoration only, it should be fine. I'm only sayng it to avoid having someone get sick.

Also, welcome to the forum. I hope this is the first of many postings by you.

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Well I took what advice you guys gave me....I suggested that they only use this cutting board for veggies or bread and such. To use the other cutting board they had for the meats. I did say that it needs to be washed thoroughly and dried on its edge. To make sure no water sets up under the board if it were laid flat. I will look at the end grains of my board to make sure I get tighter grained woods. Thanks for you help........Don

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