Hello everyone! Today I am excited to share the details on my latest project: a Tardis end grain cutting board. This is my first end grain cutting board, and despite a few flaws, I’m happy with how it turned out.
Let’s get started!
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Tools and Supplies
The following items are some of the tools and supplies that I gathered to create the Tardis end grain cutting board.
Watch the video below for a visual tutorial:
How to make a Tardis end grain cutting board
This is the template I used for the Tardis end grain cutting board:
Step 1: Mill the boards
Typically when you purchase hardwood it comes rough sawn and will need to be milled before it is ready to use. The objective here is to get the board flat on all four sides. I flatten the boards with my jointer and planer. For more details on the process hop over to my blog post How to Make a Wooden Cutting Board.
Plane all the boards down to the same thickness. (I planed my boards down to 3/4″ thick.)
Step 2: Rip boards to size
On the table saw, rip the boards to the same thickness as the board. (In my case this was 3/4″ wide strips.)
Step 3: Cut pixels
Cut the strips of wood into 2″ long pieces.
I did this on my bandsaw. I went with 2″ tall pixels to account for future material loss. (Final thickness of the Tardis cutting board was a little more than 1″.)
Step 4: Glue up the pixels
Use a straight edge to help with alignment, and glue up the pixels. I recommend gluing a few sections at a time and then gluing the cutting board as a whole.
A dry fit of the pixels. 🙌 I’m not looking forward to the glue up. 😅 I’m using walnut, maple and cherry. The plan was to use 4 shades of wood but I didn’t do my research before purchasing sassafras. 😱 Thank you @woodrazor @inkslingerpens @imattdaddy and @love_and_liberty_ww for your input! 😊 . #tardis #drwho #whovians #cuttingboard #maple #walnut #cherry #hardwood #wood #diy #woodworker #woodworking #dowoodworking #dryfit #practice #hardwood #homemadegift #handmade #handmadegift #handmadewithashley #geek #pixel #geekcraft #weddingpresent #weddinggift
Step 5: Clean up the cutting board
At this point, ensure the board surface is level and the dried glue is cleaned up. On a long grain cutting board such as the one I made here, I would run the cutting board through the planer on both sides. Unfortunately, using a planer with an end grain cutting board is dangerous and not recommend.
There are a few things you can do to clean up the surface of the board:
I built a quick router flattening sled from scraps, and I used my trim router to level the surface. I lost a lot of material at this step.
Step 6: Route a profile to the edge (optional)
To jazz up the edges, use a router to add to round over the edges or add a chamfer. I added a 45 degree chamfer. At first I regretted decision, but the profile has since grown on me.
Step 7: Sand and prep for finish
Sand the entire surface of the cutting board. Cycle through 80, 100, 150, 220 grits of sand paper. Grab a damp cloth and wipe the board to raise the grain. Finish sanding with 220 grit sand paper again.
Step 8: Apply a food safe finish
Seal the cutting board with your favorite food safe finish (I used mineral oil) and enjoy!
Yay! I’m finally applying a finish to this cutting board. 🙌 It’s really soaking up the oil. Tomorrow I’ll buy some more mineral oil and submerge the whole board in it. 😊 . #almostdone #endgrain #endgraincuttingboard #cuttingboard #walnut #maple #cherry #tardis #drwho #whovian #whovians #mfpbehindthescenes #geek #geekcraft #drwhocrafts #nerd #mineraloil #wood #woodworker #woodworking #dowoodworking #makersgonnamake #makeallthethings #kitchen #cutlery #handmadewithashley
A Tardis End Grain Cutting Board
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