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Some of my new 'Artistic' Cutting Boards

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Project by Stephen posted 08-14-2014 07:24 PM 1712 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have gotten into the habit of saving every interesting piece of lumber I come accross and coming up with a combination that makes unique cutting boards. The first is probably the most stunning, an end-grain board made from some mineral stained poplar, cherry, and padauk. Once I cut it into strips to turn it into an end grain from an edge grain, I was amazed that I could configure it so it looked like an arrowhead.

The second board is an edge grained one made from some more mineral stained poplar, purple heart, padauk, and walnut. When cutting into the poplar to mill some lumber for a box I was making, I thought it would be neat to turn into a cutting board as well. The hardest part was trying to figure out what typles of lumber to use to accent the poplar. I don’t often use poplar in cutting baords as its on the softer side of the hardwoods, but these boards will never have a knife near them, lol.

The last board is just a simple end-grain walnut one. The interesting thing with it was that I arranged the wood in a way to create little stars with the lighter sapwood.

All of these boards were finished with walnut oil, which is my new favorite.

-- -Stephen, WV , http://www.facebook.com/ZandZwoodcrafters https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZandZwoodcrafters





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ChuckV

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#1 posted 08-14-2014 07:32 PM

Those look great. I really like the patterns you came up with.

To me, the second one has a face with a demonic smile – I love it!

-- “While the world with closed eyes sleeps, The sky knows and weeps - steel rain. ” ― Nathan Bell

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#2 posted 08-14-2014 08:00 PM

All of these patterns are really cool and unique. Nice work

-- - Still a new guy to the craft, but always striving to learn more

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#3 posted 08-14-2014 09:32 PM

very cool and interesting cutting boards, great job

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#4 posted 08-14-2014 10:14 PM

How thin is the Walnut one? i love the thin look but with endgrain have been worried about strength. Wondering how thin is safe do you think?

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#5 posted 08-14-2014 10:56 PM

Really cool boards. The walnut #3 is especially nice – simply balanced. Keep them coming…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#6 posted 08-14-2014 11:17 PM

Excellent Craftsmanship

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SPalm

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#7 posted 08-14-2014 11:49 PM

Nice. Very nice.
Looks like a lot of fun was had in making them. Good for you.

I like them,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 08-15-2014 12:06 AM

Well done Steve, you have got me ferreting through my scraps to see what features are lurking there.

-- Regards Robert

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#9 posted 08-15-2014 12:21 AM

They all look great! The starred walnut board is so simple but still my favorite. Sometimes less is more….you proved it here.

-- "The difficult I can do right away. .....the impossible will take a little longer! "

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#10 posted 08-15-2014 12:25 AM

Beautiful boards. Keep up the good work : )

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#11 posted 08-15-2014 12:57 AM

These are really cool and very interesting. Great job

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#12 posted 08-15-2014 02:06 AM

Fabulous job on the “arrow head” board.

-- --Dale Page

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#13 posted 08-15-2014 04:21 AM

Excellent work they all look great.

-- Tom D

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#14 posted 08-15-2014 02:34 PM

Thank you all for the comments.
The walnut one is about 1/2 an inch thick. I used to only do end-grain ones at least 1 inch thick, but I have been playing around with ones that are thinner. I made one edge grain board about 1/4 inch thick, and tested it out for about a month, and was simply amazed at the strength.
Now I may start some controversy here, but I use only tightbond 2 for my boards anymore. I was using ‘3’ but then read a wood magazine article in which they compared the strength and ‘2’ was way above ‘3’ in holding power.

-- -Stephen, WV , http://www.facebook.com/ZandZwoodcrafters https://www.etsy.com/shop/ZandZwoodcrafters

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#15 posted 08-16-2014 01:08 PM

You are certainly having fun making these artistic boards…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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