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post #1 of 4 Old 11-04-2011, 07:12 AM Thread Starter
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A simple question of wood grain: face grain or edge grain?

I have some plans for making a set of cutting boards, the biggest one being 18" long. The plans recommend making the face of the cutting boards from edge grain. That edge grain is tighter, harder, and will hold up better than face grain. In the plans they cut 1" wide strips from 1 3/4" stock then turn them on edge to get the edge grain. But in the plans they are ripping the strips. If I understand how grain works, ripping the strips would be no different than the original face grain on the 1 3/4" stock. To get edge grain you would have to crosscut the strips from the end of the stock board and then turn that on edge. To make a 18" long cutting board this way you would need to start with 18" wide stock. So, either my plans are wrong or I don't understand grain. Please help!!!!
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I'm no expert here, but it seems the ends of the boards are bacteria catchers, since they soak up juices.
I consider end grain the ends, not the sides or face which are one in the same.

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There are regular cutting boards and there are end graqin cutting boards. what you are calling the "edge" is actually called "end grain."

I wouldn't hold much value in their pics. end grain is end grain and you are correct in your process.

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If you are talking about the cutting boards from Woodsmith shop then then you are making edge grain.

End grain is the product you get from a crosscut and face the end up.

To answer your question on the difference of edge grain and face grain, I don't really know.

I suppose it is like the difference in quarter sawn or that means.

So did you make them and how did they turn out.

I actually saw that show and they do not make them from end grain. They cut the 1 3/4 stock like you describe in 1 inch wide pieces then turn them 90 degrees to get the edge grain.

I like the plans

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