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Project by Demowen posted 02-10-2009 12:21 AM 3206 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cutting board that I made for my girlfriend this last Christmas. I was at the planning mill and the fella let me sort through his trash bin. I found a whole bunch of 16/4 Mahogany lumber. I chopped it up into squares and glued them together to make an end grain cutting board. I screwed slats of poplar to one side (with room for expansion) and then glued/doweled the design side to the poplar slats. The idea is that you can cut on the end grain side and admire the decorative side. I made her promise that she would use it and not just let it sit there.

The center black wood is wenge, the middle row is a combo of maple (the blue looking stuff), and sapele. The next row is maple and mahogany. The next rows are purple heart, jatoba, and caribbean rosewood. There is a thin strip of cherry towards the outside. The frame is hand cut -dovetailed sapele. The entire thing is humongous. It is about 15” by 22” by 2” and weighs between 5-10 lbs. I had a ton of fun making this and it didn’t take as long as I thought it would. The one picture is of me fixing a stupid mistake. I accidentally mixed up two pieces of purple heart and jatoba. It drove me nuts so I had to chisel them out and make some more pieces. It really helps if you thoroughly plan out your glue up process ahead of time!

It is finished with a mineral oil/wax combo and some orange oil.

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17





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taidsturning

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#1 posted 02-10-2009 12:43 AM

I can’t imagine anyone not finding this too beautiful to use as a cutting board.

-- Bill Roberts -- Steal one idea it's called plagerism. Steal a bunch - it's called research

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Demowen

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#2 posted 02-10-2009 12:52 AM

Thanks! Thats why i made the beat-up side :)

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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mtnwild

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#3 posted 02-10-2009 06:29 AM

Beautiful, nice job. Really made good use of those scrap pieces. Some beautiful wood there.

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

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Demowen

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#4 posted 02-10-2009 06:34 AM

Thanks!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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#5 posted 02-10-2009 07:16 AM

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Thanks!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#6 posted 02-11-2009 04:12 AM

beautiful board. A fantastic job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#7 posted 03-27-2013 06:17 AM

Is the mahogany end grain the back side of the southwestern side, or two different boards? Whichever it is, I like this.

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Demowen

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#8 posted 03-28-2013 01:18 AM

It is on the backside. Thanks for the kind words!

-- Let the favor of the Lord our God be on us; establish the work of our hands- establish the work of our hands! Psalm 90:17

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