How Are End Grain Cutting Boards Made?

How Are End Grain Cutting Boards Made?

The making of an end grain cutting board is a process that involves craftsmanship, precision, attention to detail, patience and creativity.

It is also a lengthy process–there is a lot of waiting involved!

The Making of a Walnut End Grain Cutting Board

In this video I’m showing you the process of making a walnut end grain cutting board–a timeless classic I make again and again in different variations.

Watch the video below to see how I transform walnut wood into an incredible kitchen board in my garage workshop!

Here’s what the making of an end grain cutting board usually looks like:

  1. Select wood
  2. Machine cut
  3. Plane
  4. Assemble
  5. First glue and clamp
  6. Let dry
  7. Plane again
  8. Machine cut
  9. Second glue and clamp
  10. Let dry
  11. Machine sand
  12. Hand sand
  13. Finish edges and details
  14. Oil
  15. Let dry
  16. Second coat of oil
  17. Let dry
  18. Apply wax
  19. Mount silicone feet
  20. Brand it
  21. Polish with wool and enjoy 🙂

I love walnut because it is versatile and can come up in many beautiful combinations.

Wood selection depends on the project and the end result I’m going after. For cutting wood I count on the DeWalt tools and they have never left me down.

Assembling is my favorite part of making end grain cutting boards because it is the moment where creativity can take over. This process however requires great concentration and attention to detail because one small crack in the wood can ruin a whole board (speaking from experience).

The final steps involve a lot of waiting and patience. Perfect time to start making another board or take a beer break!

After the second glue and clamp I can almost see the final product emerging. This is the time when I can indulge in making every corner perfect in look and feel.

Maybe the most demanding moment for me is the waiting after the oiling–the final step of making an end grain cutting board. I’m so excited to see the ready board every time that I can hardly wait for the oil to dry!

In the video, you can also see me laser engraving that particular end grain board, because it was a personalized gift, but that’s not always necessary.

In fact, the process of making an end grain cutting board is different every time because each wood piece is unique.

Each board has its own look and design which requires different levels of attention to each step.

Sometimes, the design and choice of wood takes most of the time, other times it’s the glueing or clamping that requires more attention.

There is a standard procedure but as two boards are never the same, neither are the efforts behind them.

I actually like that because I never get bored and always feel challenged with each new board!

Did you enjoy this video? Check out the final product here!