Make an End-Grain Cutting Board


Make an End-Grain Cutting Board

Make your own chopping block in the traditional style, with the end grain as the cutting surface.


$240.00 (any noted materials fee included)


$300.00 (any noted materials fee included)

Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 7/16/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Thur, 7/18/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Tue, 7/23/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/25/2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, 7/16/2024 - Thur, 7/25/2024

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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


The traditional style for making cutting boards for butcher shops uses short pieces of wood tipped upright and glued together so that the end grain becomes the cutting surface. Besides having a distinctive look dominated by the annual growth rings that grew when the wood formed, this style better resists damage from knife blades. Often called chopping blocks, they differ from many cutting boards, which are wooden strips glued together along their long edges so the wood grain runs the length of the board.

You'll begin with a brief overview of the types of wood typically used for cutting boards and the styles of end-grain cutting boards that can be made. With guidance, you'll then mill lumber in various stages of roughness to the smooth, straight, and square-edge pieces you need. The instructor will guide you through proper techniques for gluing and clamping, trimming to final size, sanding, and applying the final finish.

You'll walk away with a wonderful piece for your own kitchen or a gift, and gain confidence with tools including the jointer, planer, miter saw, and table saw. You'll get plenty of experience simply because so many parts are involved. Whether you're relatively new to woodworking or experienced with power tools, you’ll find making a cutting board to be fun and a great way to gain more experience.


Your cutting board, made from a single type of hardwood, will be about 10" X 18" and 1 1/2" thick (precise dimensions will vary depending on the design choices you make).


A $40 materials fee, included in the class cost, covers everything you need.


Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid dangling clothing or jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Dawn Weaver

Dawn Weaver has been inspired by a lifetime of watching her father and grandfather’s beautiful pieces come to life in their wood shops. Since becoming a BARN member, active in the Woodworking Studio, Dawn has crafted many meticulously detailed works for kitchen and home. See more of her work on Instagram @Weaver_Woodworks.

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