Edge Grain Cutting Board

And edge grain is very durable because of the hardness of the edge grain. However, it's a little harder on the knives. 


I made this cutting board with some leftover pieces of hard maple and sipo. I started by cutting the maple to the rough length of the cutting board.

Then I jointed one face of the maple so that it would be flat.

And then I jointed an edge so that I would have a straight edge that was 90 degrees to the face to run along my table saw fence.

Next, I planed the maple down to the desired thickness.

Then I cut the maple into strips that were about 1 1/2" wide. When turned on their edge, this would be the thickness of the cutting board.

Next, I cut the sipo to length.

I took one of the pieces of sipo and ripped it into two thinner strips.

Now it's time for glue-up. It's important to use plenty of glue because squeeze-out is not really a problem at this point.

I clamped it up and wiped up all of the excess glue to make it easier to clean up the next day.

After the glue had dried, I trimmed the ends of the cutting board.

Then, I ran the cutting board through the planer to bring it down to the final thickness (probably about 1 1/4").

Next, I drilled holes along the edge for dowels to be inserted. I used black walnut dowels for a nice contrast.

I cut the dowels using my band saw.

Then, I put some glue in each hole and tapped the dowels into place.

After the glue had dried, I used a flush cut saw and then sanded the ends of the dowels to be flush with the edge of the cutting board.

I used a 3/8" round nose bit in the router to cut slots for fingers to make it easy to pick up the cutting board. I used stop blocks to accurately position the slots.

Then I used a 1/4" round over bit to round over the edges.

Then a final sanding prior to finishing.  I began with the random orbit sander and then finished up by hand.

After sanding, I soaked the cutting board in water, let it dry, and then I sanded it. This helps to raise the grain so that the cutting board remains smooth when it's washed. I did that a couple of times.


After the cutting board was completely dry, I applied a couple of coats of mineral oil.

Photo of the finished cutting board

The finished product looks pretty good!

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