End Grain inlay question - challenge

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End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby jssussex@gmail.com » Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:24 pm

I'm trying to help a friend out on an end grain cutting board that he wants to inlay this image.
raiders inly pattern.jpg

The problem is that the facial detail is so fine I don't believe I can successfully carve this. The facial outline is only .046 wide.
I was gong to do an MDF test but then since the cutting board is 1 1/2 inches and he would like to do a 1/2 thick walnut end grain inlay I decide I'd ask the experts here their opinion before I damage a beautiful end grain blank. Also what glues do you use for endgrain. all my experience is in shallow flat grain decorative inlays.
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby potzmannwoodshop » Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:41 pm

Reduce the detail but keep the theme/idea, I agree that you will have problems with this inlay is set up currently
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby scubanimal » Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:00 pm

Given its a cutting board, and the details of the face being thin, but just the face outline, I might consider using an endmill and going a bit deeper and using an dyed epoxy or something for the fine facial features, then the walnut for the rest.
just a thought,
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby Trock » Thu May 03, 2018 3:45 am

I've read several tips and all say that no epoxy is truly safe on a cutting board.
Works for an area you know the knifes will not cut into it though.

Agree with Potzmannwoodshop, a reduction in the detail, replace some of the thin lines with stylized wider paths, be creative. Cold be cool.

Best Luck
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby highpockets » Thu May 03, 2018 5:04 am

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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby Samson » Thu May 03, 2018 8:38 pm

Trock wrote:I've read several tips and all say that no epoxy is truly safe on a cutting board.
Works for an area you know the knifes will not cut into it though.

Agree with Potzmannwoodshop, a reduction in the detail, replace some of the thin lines with stylized wider paths, be creative. Cold be cool.

Best Luck



There are several direct food contact, FDA approved epoxies on the market. There is at least one that is completely organic. Absolutely no VOC's, no chemicals, etc.
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby mtylerfl » Fri May 04, 2018 12:29 am

I wouldn't be cutting on the "pretty side" anyway!

I would cut food on the plain backside only so I don't destroy the design.
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby jssussex@gmail.com » Wed May 16, 2018 5:04 pm

highpockets wrote:https://theepoxyexperts.com/shop/adhesives/max-clr-24-oz-epoxy-resin-food-safe-fda-compliant-clear-high-impact-coating/

Thanks this helps
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Re: End Grain inlay question - challenge

Postby Mike-S » Wed May 16, 2018 11:14 pm

Wood filler (Minwax) can be used on end grain as well as regular grain.
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