More Luck than Good

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Project by closetguy posted 11-19-2008 09:29 PM 3776 views 18 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had an 8’ piece of 6/4 walnut in the shop with the intention of using it to make a few more cutting boards, but it had a parallel strip of creamy sap wood running the length. I was getting ready to cut the sap wood out of it, but fortunately took a coffee break. While I was sitting there, I kept staring at the end of the board and noticed the sap wood was running at an angle through the board. The light bulb came on and I grabbed my graph paper and started drawing. The next thing I knew, the board was cut leaving the sap wood as part of two strips. Of course, far be it me to make a board with one species of of wood so I ripped a 1” strip of cherry to add to the end of the first glue up. I must say that my anticipation was growing when I finally cross cut the first glue up, wondering if I had wasted my time. I was pleased with the outcome.


12/16/08. Well it took about a month, but this one finally sold on Etsy last night!!

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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#1 posted 11-19-2008 09:43 PM

Beautiful board and WHAT A DESIGN, just fantastic !

-- Gene, Majestic Eagle Woodworks,,

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#2 posted 11-19-2008 09:43 PM

Great Job. Looks beautiful.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#3 posted 11-19-2008 09:44 PM

Beautiful! The most unique I’ve seen.

-- "Hey, you dang woodchucks! Quit chuckin' my wood!"

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#4 posted 11-19-2008 09:56 PM

Now that is cool. What a save…..

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#5 posted 11-19-2008 11:21 PM

You should be pleased with the out come. Beautiful. The wood just talks to you. Beautiful!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#6 posted 11-19-2008 11:24 PM

Sometimes good things come after a bit of a break. That is one really slick cutting board.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 11-20-2008 12:54 AM

Don’t sell yourself short. More skills than luck if you ask me. You didn’t cut out the sap, you made a beautiful board !


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#8 posted 11-20-2008 01:38 AM

It looks great. I love end grain boards. Nice pattern!

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 11-20-2008 01:52 AM

nice job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 11-20-2008 01:54 AM

Nope, not a waste of time. It turned out great. You’ll have to up your price for this one. Came out beautiful.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#11 posted 11-20-2008 03:01 AM

That is very nice, right up my alley.

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#12 posted 11-20-2008 03:56 AM

Really really beautiful.
I doubt I will not cut my fingers using this beautiful cutting board.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#13 posted 11-20-2008 04:07 AM

man that musta been a good cup-a-joe. that is really cool. great job at incorporating wood that usually gets cut out for it’s lack of beauty and here you’ve turned it into the centerpiece of beauty. thanks for posting.


-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#14 posted 11-20-2008 04:32 AM

Well done! I would love to see pictures of the first glue up or even the board you started with. I’ve been staring at the pictures trying to imagine what you started with. I think I have it in my head, but I’m not quite sure.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#15 posted 11-20-2008 05:03 AM

It was a 6” wide board. On one side it was typical dark walnut all the way across to within one inch of the other side. The last inch was white sap wood. On the other side, the sap wood was about 2.5” from the same edge. So looking at it from the end grain, it looked like a triangle on the edge because the sap wood was running at an angle through the board. I ripped about an inch off the sap wood edge so one side was all dark. This gave me an almost perfect natural 1.5” triangle when I cross cut the 1st glue up.

-- I don't make mistakes, only design

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