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post #1 of 9 Old 12-02-2010, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, I'm wanting to make an end grain cutting board, however, our local stores don't stock anything thicker than 4/4 except in Red Oak which is not only too porous probably but also way over used in contemporary times by my mind. So, I'm looking at the possibility of using 4/4 boards, however, this will limit my cutting board thickness, or is it the squares dimension that it will limit? Oh damn it, every time I've decided that answer a is right, answer b looks right. This is why I wouldn't be a good mechanical engineer I guess. Thanks guys, I'm a fool!

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Not a dumb question at all. It does get rather confusing. It will limit your squares dimension if you are wanting a square checkerboard pattern. The thickness can be however thick you want to cut it. This is one of the best videos I've watched on making an end grain cutting board. He's a little 10-96 (cop humor) but his video is easy to follow
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Basically you would set the edge up so the knife would kinda go between the grain.On a 4/4 that would limit the size of the square to about 1" square.I hope I explained it ok!

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so my block thickness could potentially be 1x2 but not 2x3 so to speak. I'm using the CBdesigner to get an idea of what things are going to look like but just wanted to be sure that i was getting the right dimensions put into the right fields. Thanks for the speedy response, it's a huge help to a fool. I guess I should stay away from projects that require making cuts, glueing back together and again cutting and then glueing again. Kinda sounds foolish in those terms.

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First set of cutting board thickness and second set of cutting is block dimensions right, or is that backwards? If it wasn't nearing bed time and a cold garage I would pull the table saw out right now! I'm frustrating myself! Sorry.

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so my block thickness could potentially be 1x2 but not 2x3 so to speak.
Your block width can be 1X2 or 1X1 or 1X whatever depending on how you rip your board, but yes, one dimension will always be "1" on 4/4 stock. Your block thickness can be however thick you want it depending on how you crosscut your board. Remember you're flipping the pieces up and gluing the face grain sides.
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seems a shame to buy material to make a cutting board. You could probably find a cabinet shop willing to part with their end cuts for free. I even used to stroke sand 20 cutting boards at a time for a lady that sold exotic wood cutting boards. She was able to make and sell a good 100-200 boards per year all out of free wood.
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I was going to suggest the same thing... scrap, scrap, scrap. If not your scrap wood, use your neighbors. If your neighbor doesn't have any, go to your local mill and offer them a couple of bucks for scraps.
I make cutting boards and boxes for gifts, just to get rid of the scrap that I feel too guilty to burn.
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