A few times every year, I go through all my scrap wood and make end grain cutting boards. I organize the wood that I want to use into groups depending on length. I can then clean up and glue the strips together into blanks. I make all my blanks the same width so I can mix and match to get a very random look. What I love about this is that all the pieces that make up the cutting boards came from other projects. The cutting boards become a reminder of all the projects that went into them.
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Can you clarify one thing. Are these cutting board both end grain and face/edge grain? Or did you use only end grain for the cutting board.
These are solely end grain
What kind of carving gouge did you use when cleaning up the finger recess? Would you suggest a set or a single gouge to start with?