Introduction: End Grain Cutting Board / Butcher Block

Picture of End Grain Cutting Board / Butcher Block

In this video I show you how to make your own beautiful cutting boards.

Step 1: Making Your Boards

In this video I show you how you can make your own end grain cutting board that will stand out from the crowd.

Its fun, its easy, so give it a try.

Step 2: Make Your Own Breadboard Butter / Finishing Oil

In this video ill show you how to make your own breadboard butter

Step 3: Other Examples of Cutting Boards


babybayrs (author)2016-12-30

You mentioned opening Etsy shop. Have you done it yet? I'd like to take a look and maybe shop.

suncoaster2 (author)2016-10-18

Great instructable! And to think all I need is several thousand dollars worth of machine tools to produce it. Not quite what I would call a wonderful DIY product.

ElricE (author)suncoaster22016-10-20

As Jord actually mentioned several times, he uses the industrial tools simply because he has access to them. All the steps and principals can be followed using regular power tools like most of us have

bsilva (author)suncoaster22016-10-18

Or access to a hackerspace/etc. Or a friend with woodworking tools. Or a shop class at a community college....

Getting access to tools just takes some desire to want to build something. Well, and probably some time.

Because the tools are not something you have immediate access to is not a reason to critisize a project.

JordsWoodShop (author)bsilva2016-10-18

Well said mate!

JoeS105 (author)suncoaster22016-10-18

Maybe you're a beginner, then this is not the place to start. If you have some basic skills and a little creativity you should try doing this unplugged(no power tools) which takes a little longer but will increase your woodworking skills tremendously!

ErnieB18 (author)suncoaster22016-10-18

@suncoaster2, While yes he used a lot of fancy tools, this can be done with a saw, glue and sandpaper.

I've made one with a circular saw, some wood glue, and concrete blocks instead of clamps. Take a bit more elbow grease, but you don't Need thousands of dollars worth of machine tools.

Be nice.

BarbaraD87 (author)2016-10-18

I really enjoyed your video. I dabble in wood working, turning and carving mostly. I really want to make my own cutting boards, I do a lot of cooking! Do you have any info on what types of woods to stay away from? I realize that soft woods are right out of the question, and so is pine (too resinous, I'd imagine). I have a pecan tree that dropped a large limb during a recent hurricane and am looking for ideas on what to do with the wood!

ElricE (author)BarbaraD872016-10-20

Pine is actually perfectly fine for chopping boards (remember that not all pine is broad grained) and very knife-friendly. Just make sure the wood is sufficiently aged...

Pecan is BEAUTIFUL wood! Do everything with it! :)

I was researching it on line, but have seen so many mixed reviews about working with pecan. I guess it's a matter of experimentation. I do know that the one thing everyone agrees on is that your tools need to be very sharp!

I just filled up the back of my car with Pecan wood today - from hurricane Matthew, thanks for letting me know it was the right thing to do. I also got a bunch of China Berry - it's so pretty, I thought it was cherry.

BarbaraD87 (author)Ninzerbean2016-10-19

Matthew is who dropped the tree limb in my backyard!

If you are still scavenging woods, this might be a useful resource for you;

Ha! I ended up there after my comment - how funny - thank you.

JordsWoodShop (author)BarbaraD872016-10-18

unfortunately I'm not too well educated in international woods only Australian woods, but I'd stay away from anything that has an open grain structure or could cause allergies for sensitive people.

qldazza (author)2016-10-18

Awesome instructable mate, thanks for the effort you put into this and sharing with the community.

A proud Australian

jstork1 made it! (author)2016-10-18

Wonderful video: nice job. Nice cutting boards. I picked up a couple of pointers that will speed up my next job.

Pictures attached are the potato/onion bin with a cutting board on wheels I made out of oak pallet wood over the summer. I have a clear 3/8 inch thick reclaimed acrylic sheet from something I took apart a while ago to cover when cutting as it looks too nice to cut on. When not in use the sheet tucks away in the cupboard. I don't have an electric planer and got a good workout hand planing all the boards. Planer is on the wish list.

Thanks for the inspiration.

crnrstndes (author)2016-10-18

Jord: Could you tell us what woods exactly you used?? I make hundreds of these boards in my business and I have to date only used hardwoods. It looks like you used some softwoods and I wonder how they stand up?? Thanks for the video!

JordsWoodShop (author)crnrstndes2016-10-18

These boards where using Mari, Blackbutt, Wandoo, Sugar gum and a small amount of Western Red Cedar. The Cedar holds up really well, but the key is to only have small amounts haha.

crnrstndes (author)JordsWoodShop2016-10-18


Too Many Projects (author)2016-10-18

Suncoaster2, There are several Instructable projects on paracord bracelets and key rings you might enjoy more. From my experience most DIYers have access to basic tools and many have accumulated good collections of tools due to this hobby. I'm not clear why you would choose to look at an Instructable about woodworking if you have no tools. I sure wouldn't look at cooking projects if I didn't have a kitchen. That said, why you feel a need to comment negativly on this because you lack the tools or skill amazes me. Others have suggested alternatives for you. I wish you luck and hope that someday you find Instructables you can perform. It's a lot of fun.

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