Introduction: End Grain Butcher Block Cutting Board!

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Hello! I'd like to show you how you can
create this lovely end grain cutting board with a few wood species and some glue! Enjoy the tutorial. If you like it, please feel free to subscribe and follow me on YouTube, thanks!


Walnut (Lumber Store)
Maple (Lumber Store)
Sapele (Lumber Store)
Titebond Ultimate 3 (Lowes)
Feed-N-Wax Polish (Lowes)
Sandpaper (Lo

Step 1: Cutting Walnut

I start off by cutting Walnut to 2H x 2W x 12 3/8L. I leave a little
extra on the ends to be trimmed off at the end of the glue up process. I make 5 of these pieces.

Step 2: Cutting the Maple

I then cut 20 pieces of maple at 2H x 1W x 1 3/4L. Be sure to cut
properly so that your 2 inches are the height and the end grain is facing up and down.

Step 3: Measuring for Difference

I start to dry fit everything and see how it looks. After this, I put
the maple in one row all together then measure the difference in which I divide by 4 to create the spacers in between the maple.

Step 4: Cutting Walnut Between Maple

I cut 16 of these walnut spacers for between the maple at 2H x 1/2W x 22/32nd long.

Step 5: Cutting Sapele Between Maple and Walnut

Now the sapele wood is between the maple and the walnut. This wood is cut to 2H x 1/4W x 22/32nd long.

Step 6: Check for Imperfections

Check for gaps and pieces that may need sanding before gluing up! I hand
sanded some of the walnut in between the sapele to keep things even and flush.

Step 7: Glue Up!

Glue it all together and make sure glue is on all edges that need it!
I'm using Titebond Ultimate 3. Its a better glue for cutting boards than the regular stuff.

Step 8: Clamp It Up!

Clamp it up overnight and come back in the morning. Make sure its on a
surface it can't stick to permanently! I laid paper underneath.

Step 9: Plane and Sand!

I threw it in the planer. Ultimately you can use a belt sander so long
as you level it out and keep it flat at the end. That's what I did after planing because the orbital sander did next to nothing since end grain is so strong!!!

Step 10: Feed N Wax Polish.

Check out that beautiful cutting board! I used Feed-N-Wax from Lowes and
hand wiped it on, let it sit 10 mins, then wipe off excess. You're all finished! That wasn't so hard now was it??? You can definitely accomplish this with less tools but it will be hard work indeed! If you have any questions please feel free to ask me in the comments. I will be selling some of these in the near future on Etsy, so stay tuned or follow my YouTube and Facebook for updates! If you like my work please follow me on youtube and give this video a thumbs up, I upload this content for free! Thank you so much for viewing my tutorial and have a lovely day!