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Questions tagged [end-grain]

About the grain at the ends of boards, special treatment, usage, hiding etc.

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Endgrain screw withdrawal force

The engineering toolbox has a screw withdrawal strength calculator but it assumes the screws are perpendicular to the grain. I could not find a calculator for screws installed parallel to the grain, ...
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Pores on the face of an end grain chopping board

I recently bought a Hevea chopping board which the manufacturer had annoyingly engraved their logo into, creating a small trap for food particles. It was pretty cheap so I figured I'd keep it and just ...
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Food Safe Finish for Cutting Board

I made an end grain cutting board for my wife that had various hard woods that were all supposedly food safe. Doing some reading and watching videos, I understand that this can vary depending on ...
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Designing and Building a Through-Leg Table

A popular, modern style of table has the legs going through the table top, so that the end grain of the leg is exposed. Of course, the problem with this design immediately becomes the expansion and ...
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Is there a favourable direction for planing end grain?

Is there an equivalent to planing (or paring) with the grain or against the grain when planing end grain? In my experience, the answer is a definite yes. If I plane the end of a board in one ...
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Wear out of wooden floor

In a dance studio I have a flooring from engineered wood, with top layer ~3mm ash. After 2 years the heavily used spot looks like this: While in the corner, where there's not much traffic, it looks ...
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Hand sawing cross or rip

I am a little unclear on some of the nuances of rip vs. crosscut with handsaws. I know a crosscut saw should be used when cutting perpindicular to the grain, and the rip saw when cutting with the ...
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Is this resin & nail hole a Bad Thing for a chopping board?

I've turned a recycled piece of canadian oregon & a recylced piece of australian messmate into an end-grain chopping board. However, I've got minor concerns about two items on the end product ...
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Using thick branches to make an end-grain cutting board?

About 2 months ago my grandparents cut down 80% of an old cherry tree (topped it). There were some big branches/thin trunks that ended up in their massive compost piles (my grandad like his compost ...
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How to de-emphasize grain in red oak shelves

I'm preparing to finish new red oak shelves I've built in my kitchen. I'm planning to apply a color stain and I'd like it to have a nice, even finish. I'm going for a more uniform appearance, with ...
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What are the different grain directions, and how do they affect joint strength?

What are the differences between edge grain, face grain, and long grain (and why not throw end grain in there while we're at it)? And which of these grain directions results in the strongest glue ...
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Should I treat end-grain on garden table with wood glue?

The Preface: I'm building a table for the garden and did some research into how I might seal and protect the most vulnerable parts of the table. The end-grain. The wood I have available is old(30+ ...
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Single glue-up for an end grain cutting board

I've got those wide and thick Maple boards that I'd like to use to make end grain cutting boards with end grain Walnut and Jarrah inlay. The main body will be made up of Maple. The normal process of ...
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How do I avoid tearout when planing end-grain? [duplicate]

I am making a birdhouse and wanted to ensure that the two sloped sides of the box were the same height so the top flap would sit flat on both sides. I grabbed a block plane to do this and had really ...
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Gluing end-grain

Reading Is glue the best permanent join? and How can I join two boards at the ends? it sounds like the consensus is that gluing end-grain just doesn't work well. As this answer explained, When ...
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How do you plane end grain?

I tend to like power tools, because I need a lot less 'skill' to get the same quality product. However, I do like learning hand tool techniques and sometimes they are just as good or better than ...
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How can I join two boards at the ends?

I want to join two boards end-to-end, effectively making a longer board. Thus, the glue will be on the end grain of both pieces (highlighted blue.) (Source: self) I know that an end-grain butt joint ...
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What are the advantages of end-grain cutting boards?

End-grain cutting boards are an example of end grain being used for better performance. What are the properties of the wood which makes end-grain boards desirable? What are the disadvantages or ...
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How can I prepare the end grain for stain, so that its final appearance matches the rest of the wood?

Despite doing a great deal of sanding on the end grain, and getting it just as smooth as the rest of the wood, it always soaks up more stain than the rest, and turns out much darker and different. Is ...