Moose Inlay End Grain Cutting Board

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End grain cutting board made from reclaimed white pine with inlay made from reclaimed mahogany. This pine comes from some salvaged paneling in a church renovation and the mahogany came from some old deck balusters. The cutting board features a moose as requested by a customer up in the great white north of Canada. Enjoy!


Build Details

This salvaged pine paneling was the base for the cutting board.

Pieces were cut to rough length.

Then they were cut into strips.

Lots of strips.

Pieces are planed to thickness.

Lots of strips.

A waterproof glue is applied to all of the strips.

These are all glued together in 3 sections by skipping glue in 2 locations.

Once dry the three glued panels are removed from the clamps and sent through the planer.

The strips are cut down into pieces around 1-5/8″ long. This will make the final thickness of the cutting board 1-1/2″.

Pieces are alternated to increase the stability of the board along with adding a cool alternating grain pattern.

These pieces are then glued up with scrap pieces on the end to prevent chip-out later when sending the board through the planer.

I glued up another small panel for the inlay, this time out of mahogany. I used contact cement to temporarily fix the moose pattern to the mahogany.

The moose was then cut out on the band saw.

The shape was traced on the cutting board to be removed.

This was done by hand, slow and steady, with a palm router and cleaned up a bit with chisels.

The moose inlay was then glued and clamped into place

The excess thickness of the inlay is cut off and sanded flush.

And sanded…

And sanded…

Handholds are created using a router

4 coats of mineral oil are rubbed into the finished cutting board.

Rubber feet are attached to the bottom to keep it from sliding around the counter.

And it’s complete! Just a trip to the beach for some timelapses and a photo shoot before being sent off to Canada.