End Grain Cutting Board LJ Class 006 #11: Grain orientation... just a little bit more..

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Blog entry by degoose posted 06-27-2011 08:40 AM 10626 reads 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not really part of the class but I think it emphasises that grain orientation is paramount…
This morning I dressed some European Wild Cherry and some European Walnut to make another End Grain Board…

When I saw how the grain was running in one piece of the walnut I thought about how I could give it a little extra oomph….

A bit blurry but you get the idea…the dark part of the walnut get larger as you move from left to right… both top and bottom..

But what if you juxtapose the pieces…

That is… move the isolated pieces one for one…

Next pair of outside pieces ….

Etc… now you have the dark parts increasing in size right to left at the bottom…while the top pieces are increasing from left to right still…. cool hey…

This is still in the dry fit stage… I will post when complete…

Remember you can change how things look just by looking at the grain orientation…

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#1 posted 06-27-2011 10:40 AM

Interesting. quite a difference.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 06-27-2011 02:07 PM

I like what you have done here.
Nice progression, and the final result is the best.


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#3 posted 06-27-2011 02:32 PM

Some great tips there Larry. Nice workup.

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#4 posted 06-27-2011 03:05 PM

Great colors!!!

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#5 posted 06-27-2011 06:44 PM

larry you are corect if i have learned anything here from you it is the importance of grain orientation and
how it makes a ok project a great project or great look ok. i remember this every thime i make something

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 03:25 AM


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#7 posted 06-29-2011 03:13 AM

The stain or other color of woods makes a big difference. Nice arrangement and alternative. Sometimes, I forgot that there grain orientation that I need to consider. Thanks

-- Bert

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