I made a beautiful brick pattern End-Grain cutting board out of maple, cherry and walnut. It was finished with a good soaking of mineral oil and then a final buffing of my mineral oil & beeswax mixture. Check out the video below to see how I made it!


I stated by flatening all of my rough cut lumber on my jointer.


And then made all of the boards the same thickness at the planer.


At the table saw, I cut one strip of maple at roughly 3 1/4″ wide and two strips at 3″ wide. Then one strip of cherry at 3″ wide. and one at  roughly 1 3/4″ wide.



Then I cut strips of walnut at 1/4″ wide to create a dark “mortar” look in between the lighter bricks.



Then I glued up all of the strips to make the first glue-up panel.






Then I cut a few shorter strips of walnut and made a panel just as wide as the previous panel.





Then I cut all of them into 1 1/2″ strips.


I cut the walnut into 1/4″ end-grain strips after that and then glued it all into a brick pattern.


I then put a good size chamfer on all four corners.


After that I lowered the bit and put about a 1/8″ chamfer around the whole board.


Then I moved on to sanding… Lots and lots of sanding. I started with 80 grit. Moved on to 120, 220, 320 and then wet the board. After the board dried, I went back and sanded again with 220, 320 and then 400 grit. Wetting the wood raises the fibers of the wood and allows me to sand to a much smoother final finish.


I brand all of my work. Here I’m showing how I use my logo burning brand tool.


I soaked the board in mineral oil and let the board take in as much oil as possible.


Then I heated up my mineral oil & beeswax mixture and applied that to the board. As this began to dry, I buffed that in to a final finish.


Here are a few more final pictures!

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  1. It looks like the horizontal strips between the brick layers are not end grain but everything else is. Is that correct? Wouldn’t having those strips defeat the purpose of doing all the work to make the rest end grain?
    The only real way to correctly do a 100% end grain cutting board in a brick layout is to laminate a 1/4″ walnut panel to the result after the 1st stage glueup and flattening, then cut that into strips and flip to reveal the end grain.
    Otherwise you’re dull your knives.

    December 14, 2016 at 11:22 am
    1. Bob,

      Thank you for your comment. This board is 100% end grain. Even the 1/4″ walnut in between each of the bricks. To make those strips, I made a separate all walnut cutting board that I then cut into the 1/4″ strips for those pieces. If you mix end grain and edge grain in the cutting board, it could cause the cutting board to expand differently and crack.

      December 14, 2016 at 11:37 am

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