I’m making the Wood Whisperer’s checkerboard end grain cutting board and its turing out to be a beast. Having the pieces all glued up with end grain up (hard maple and purple heart) and removing most of the glue squeeze out, the end grain is extremely hard. Since its not perfectly alligned (about 80 end grain squares) I have to smooth it.
Herein lies the problem- the end grain is so hard, it has chipped the blade on my Lie-Neilson block plane. Resharpen, and it chips after the first 2 minutes! Eighty grit paper doesn’t make a dent, and it dulls my #80 scraper.
SO what is the best way to smooth an 12″X16″ chunk of laminated end grain thats as hard as mummy’s nuts? How do I keep the blade from chipping? The blade is “new” and sharpened with Veritas jig on water stones. I’ve spent hours on it already, not including re-sharpening!