Just Finished Patchwork (Chaos) Cutting Boards

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Project by BoardSMITH posted 11-08-2014 07:11 PM 1793 views 6 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With the last show of the year rapidly approaching, I decided to have something different as a front-and-center display. So my employee and I made 4 regular chaos boards and then while brainstorming we came up with the idea to change the name to patchwork boards and add some long pieces to make them look somewhat like a patchwork quilt. Two were made with maple long pieces which tend to blend into the overall look of the board, one was made with cherry long pieces which also tended to blend in with the look of the board and the last used walnut for long pieces which made the board pop. Everything is end grain, the woods are hard maple, mahogany, cherry and walnut, the glue is TiteBond III, they are 2” thick and 12×18 or 13×19 and they take a lot of extra work to assemble.

I don’t know if they will sell but they will sure add a level of difference at the show. I have one, not pictured, we actually counted the number of individual pieces for a contest. Each guess will cost $1.00, which will go to the Salvation Army, and the person who guesses the exact number will receive $50.00.

-- David

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#1 posted 11-08-2014 07:28 PM

Great looking boards…the more I look at them, the more time I see you must have put into making them…the glue up alone must have been a nightmare. Thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 11-09-2014 03:55 AM

Very cool. Haven’t seen anything quite like that before.

-- Express creativity with wood, Dewayne. Vacaville CA.

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#3 posted 11-09-2014 09:10 PM

Great looking work.

I’m wondering if the long pieces will cause a wood movement problem. I have framed end grain cutting boards with long pieces that moved and created gaps and cracks in the board. Similar boards with out the framing had no problem and when I cut the framing off the problem was gone.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 11-09-2014 10:18 PM

The solid color cross pieces are all end grain as is the rest of the board so there should not be any movement problems associated with trying to use both end grain and long grain pieces.

-- David

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#5 posted 11-10-2014 10:39 PM

That’s clever and perfectly executed.

-- "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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