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Old 07-09-2017, 04:37 PM   #1
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Old 07-09-2017, 04:40 PM   #2
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Nice!!
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:40 PM   #3
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Are these just decorative? Walnut isn't very hard and I think after a few uses it wouldn't look that great.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:48 PM   #4
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Are these just decorative? Walnut isn't very hard and I think after a few uses it wouldn't look that great.
So, let me preface this by saying that I am no expert and the title says it all.

That said, when researching/watching YouTube videos on making cutting boards, walnut was one of the most common woods used. That said, what you said is very true, so it's mandatory (from what I've read) to make end grain boards when using woods such as walnut. These are both end grain boards, so I expect them to hold up well.

I guess time will tell.
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Old 07-09-2017, 05:54 PM   #5
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These are two of the videos I watched to learn how to make the boards.

https://youtu.be/aONpB1yOlpE

https://youtu.be/m08XLrcaXWk
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:17 PM   #6
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Nice boards!
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:20 PM   #7
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Look great!
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Old 07-09-2017, 06:26 PM   #8
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Good work man.
About 50 percent of my business is butcher block countertops.
If you built those as edge grain they would be much harder for a little more work. You need a drum sander though. Only a few more steps to go from Edge grain to end grain.
The ones you made are perfect for cheese and summer sausage and little stuff like that. Good work dude.
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Old 07-09-2017, 08:11 PM   #9
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Good work man.
About 50 percent of my business is butcher block countertops.
If you built those as edge grain they would be much harder for a little more work. You need a drum sander though. Only a few more steps to go from Edge grain to end grain.
The ones you made are perfect for cheese and summer sausage and little stuff like that. Good work dude.
What is the difference between edge grain and end grain? Now, I'm not so sure which one I did. I cut 2" strips and rolled them 90 degrees, making the boards 2" thick. So, which did I do? Edge grain? End grain?

Thanks for the help!

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Old 07-09-2017, 09:53 PM   #10
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Face grain- Think of a door or table top.
Edge grain- What you did, I didn't realize that when I posted. I thought you had glued strips without turning 90.
End grain- Build edge grain panel, then sand panel .Cross cut that sanded panel into strips. Glue the strips face to face. Think of a checker or chess board.
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Face grain- Think of a door or table top.
Edge grain- What you did, I didn't realize that when I posted. I thought you had glued strips without turning 90.
End grain- Build edge grain panel, then sand panel .Cross cut that sanded panel into strips. Glue the strips face to face. Think of a checker or chess board.
That's because I said it the wrong way (still learning the lingo). That said, I'm really enjoying the learning process.

I appreciate the help TP3.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:38 PM   #12
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Stick with it man, it can be pretty rewarding.
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Old 07-09-2017, 10:41 PM   #13
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Looks great!
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Old 07-10-2017, 06:47 AM   #14
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Very nice looking boards.

I also don't understand edge grain or end grain.
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Old 07-10-2017, 11:31 AM   #15
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Great looking boards.
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Old 07-10-2017, 01:33 PM   #16
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Here's my favorite end grain cutting board design.

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Old 07-11-2017, 10:25 AM   #17
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I love me some walnut cutting boards, those look great!!
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:26 PM   #18
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End Grain is better on knives because you are cutting with the fibers. Edge grain is a bit tougher on the blade because you are cutting the fibers.
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:32 PM   #19
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If you haven't tried it yet make an end grain. As said above much better on knives, and I really enjoyed the process of making the cuts and creating a pattern. Beautiful work though! I'm actually going to pic up a new planer this weekend to start making more of these.

I just need to find a good wood supplier in the greater Austin area to fill my needs. If anyone has a good place in this area, please let me know!
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Old 07-12-2017, 04:57 PM   #20
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If you haven't tried it yet make an end grain. As said above much better on knives, and I really enjoyed the process of making the cuts and creating a pattern. Beautiful work though! I'm actually going to pic up a new planer this weekend to start making more of these.

I just need to find a good wood supplier in the greater Austin area to fill my needs. If anyone has a good place in this area, please let me know!
My next batch is going to be all end grain. I'll be planing/routing/finishing about 15 edge grain boards this weekend and then I'll move on to my end grain run.

My wife opened up an Etsy store last night so I'm excited to see how much traction we get.
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:08 PM   #21
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Well good luck to you!
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Old 07-12-2017, 05:41 PM   #22
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Well good luck to you!
Thank you. It will be a fun way to subsidize a fun hobby.
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