My first end-grain cutting board

I made this end-grain cutting board as a wedding gift. It is approximately 13” x 18½” x 1¼”. The pattern was inspired by Sinister and greenology. [Sinister’s blog gives you all the details on how to build it; I just used different proportions and species.] The board contains 570 pieces of 6 wood species: 1. cherry, 2. walnut, 3. oak, 4. birch, 5. maple, and 6. ash. Some of the wood—especially the birch—had a considerable variation in color, making the pattern appearance less precise. I had less-than-perfect results attempting to chamfer the edges with the router so after cutting off enough to do away with the router’s chip-out, I used a utility knife to add a 45-degree chamfer to the edge. The board is finished with mineral oil.

I thought that gluing up the board would be a nightmare, but it was actually relatively easy. (I used Titebond III.) Getting the “sticks” perfect was the harder part!

I sliced the “sticks” on the band saw (to save material). Then made a jig for gluing up the blocks.

Because of the notch in the block, they all fit together very nicely.

I used CrafsMan’s method of printing on wood to include the couple’s name and wedding date and also my name in the hand-grip area and then used several coats of polycrylic over the printing.

I wanted to wood-burn the names but the limited area proved too difficult to access on the large board.

I don’t like to waste anything! So, I used the off-cuts to make two smaller boards. This elongated board is about 6¼” x 11¼” x 1” and (in these photos) is unfinished.

The lighter center piece in this 7½” x 9¼” x 1” board (not yet finished in these photos) was less than an inch thick so I glued two pieces together so one side is all the darker pattern and one side has a light-colored center piece.

The dates on the two smaller boards were wood-burned.

All your comments, questions, and suggestions for improvement are appreciated. Thanks for taking a look.


Woods: oak cherry ash birch maple walnut

Tools: table saw tablesaw bandsaw band saw drum sander

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oldrivers ...

Beautiful board, great workmanship, job well done congrats.

lightweightladylefty ...


Thanks for your comment. Did you ever get the photo problem solved so you could add some of your wonderful projects to this site? I actually have more success with this site than the “other” one — even with my dial-up.


lanwater ...

I agree with beautiful but I would add:

Bello! Magnifique!

I attempted this board from Sinister a while ago but one hairline off ruined the hole thing.

You did great.

a1jim ...

super build and design, outstanding workgalship,beautiful board.

CarvedArtStudio511 ...

What a wonderful project and great workmanship. Thanks for all the pictures and commentary.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks for all your encouraging remarks. It was fun . . . even though a little nerve-wracking until I knew it would go together without a hitch. I decided to forego the juice groove because I was uncertain about whether it would cause chip-out and I really didn’t want to spoil it after all that work!


Jack ...

Nice work LWLL, really beautiful.

Madts ...

Very nice board.


David Roberts ...

Great detail! Now that’s art!

Mike40 ...

Wonderful! You are a skilled and talented lady L/W.

lightweightladylefty ...

So many nice comments. You woodworkers are such a blessing!


Hopewellwoodwork ...

WOW! that is impressive. great job!

CindyG ...

Wow!! If I had a cutting board this beautiful, I would never want to cut on it! What a fantastic job! Congrats!!!

Sheri ...

Awesome work! I really like your choices in wood.

RobsCastle ...

L/W are you telling us that you got such precise joints from simply bandsawing the “sticks” and then just glueing them together?

I agree it does look like a work of art for the wall, I only hope the new owners dont put it in the dishwasher!

P.S I have ruined many an end grain project at the final detailing stages, and more than once I tell you!

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