Until two weeks ago, I had no clue that there are different types of cutting boards. The topic just never came up in daily conversation. That all changed a couple of Saturdays ago.
I’ve been thinking about what kind of woodworking project to take on next. Something a little – well, a lot -- less ambitious than the grandfather clock I finished last summer. Something that wouldn’t be more stressful than the day job! So, when one of my fellow woodworkers at the Howard County Woodworking Guild talked during the show and tell part of the program about the end-grain cutting boards he had been making, I was intrigued.
I was too far away to see the actual cutting board and didn’t get to talk to him after the program, so I had to rely on my old friend the Internet to get up to speed. (Funny to think of the Internet as an “old” friend, isn’t it?) I found a site that was most helpful – the Wood Whisperer. Videos #7 part 1 and #7 part 2 explain it all:
Besides telling you how to make one, the Wood Whisperer explained why end grain cutting boards are so much easier on knife edges than flat grain boards. Who would have ever thought that you’d make a project which featured the end grain of wood! On purpose!
Armed with knowledge, the following Saturday I set off to my friendly wood supplier, FreeState Timbers (http://freestatetimbers.com/index.html) to buy some purple heart and rock maple. (I also let him sell me a hunk of Jatobe he had in the scrap pile.) By the next Saturday, I was done. That's the prototype in the picture above.
And, who knows, for once I may even move beyond prototype to make another one! (Pretty likely since I’ve already got the glue-up seasoning in the laundry room.)