Another end-grain board

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Project by harriw posted 10-15-2014 12:20 AM 890 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another end-grain board. This one was for a wedding this summer. This was the first time I’ve tried using purple heart in one of these. Being end-grain, it came out a bit darker than I expected, and I’ll keep it surrounded by lighter colors if I use it again – I think it gets lost a bit next to the walnut. The other species are the typical maple, cherry, and walnut. These certainly are fun to make, and people seem to love receiving them as gifts :)

-- Bill - Western NY

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#1 posted 10-15-2014 01:03 AM

Lovely work. Of COURSE they like getting them for presents! A lot of love goes into a board like this. Well done.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#2 posted 10-15-2014 11:23 AM

One thing that helps using purple heart is after sanding leave in your shop or somewhere with indirect lighting for a week or so. It allows the pigments in the wood to bleed back out making it purple again. One of the Masters on here taught me this a few years back. Nice work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 10-15-2014 09:40 PM

Genius work on the pattern. I like the contrasting color of woods.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#4 posted 10-15-2014 10:20 PM

Excellent work Bill! I always like to see end-grain boards. Very nice pattern and great choices of wood.

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#5 posted 10-16-2014 01:38 AM

Thanks guys!

Ken – I’ve heard that before, and did leave it in the sun for a few days before finishing it. That’s worked for me in the past when using purple heart with face- or edge-grain showing. But the end-grain was just darker than I expected, even after the purple returned. I’m very curious to see how it looks now though, 2 months later. I’ll have to make sure I take a peak next time I visit.

-- Bill - Western NY

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