End Grain Chopping Board

Design Situation


To compliment the spice rack, every house needs a decent chopping board. I’ve never been a fan of plastic or glass boards and we’re always had some type of wooden chopping board. There are endless tutorials and designs on making them so I figured I’d have a crack at it with some victorian ash and rosewood that I purchased a year ago.

Design Brief


To create an end grain chopping board out of rough sawn timber of reasonable size and thickness.

Research


 http://www.thewoodwhisperer.com/videos/how-to-make-a-butcher-block-cutting-board/

Ideas


This is a fairly simple project, two contrasting timbers with an alternate checkerboard pattern. To give it some variety I’ll put a thinner strip in the middle of the board.

Solution


As this will be used to cut food on, I coated it with mineral oil. I actually found it sold as Liquid Paraffin at the supermarket. It took about 3 days of coating with oil and letting it soak in before it had fully penetrated the timber.

Implementation


Evaluation


The board turned out well. It looks great and functions as you’d expect. I put a routed chamfer on the edges to smooth it out. It has a very slight cup so sits flatter on one sider better than the other. If I were to make another one, I’d probably buy some more clamps to help keep it flat whilst gluing.