Mixed wood cutting boards

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Project by VillageWood posted 07-14-2009 03:51 AM 3102 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A friend of mine asked me to make a new cutting board. After showing her various types of wood, she chose a curly roasted maple, cherry and purpleheart which were interested and expensive choices. I did research the toxicity of these woods and they all turned out okay. She didn’t want it oiled though, so it gave me a chance to try out Watco’s Butcher Block food-safe finish.

Well, you know me. Craft shows in mind, I decided to make a few of them. All in all, I made six 12” x 18” boards, all with the same motif, using a lot of scrap pieces in the workshop in the process. I seem to have a thing for British racing stripes.

I made two of the type my client wanted, picked the best one for her, and finished it with the Watco product. I was a little disappointed. While the finish looks fine, it is not self-levelling and therefore shows marks. It needs to be thinned. I know, I know, it’s just a cutting board… The finish as you can see is glossy and really brings out the figure of the maple, and you can see your reflection in it. I only have the one pitcure of its last coat of finish in the shop. I cut its twin into two smaller boards. I also cut another one of the boards with quilted maple in two. The reason is that my wife kept one, of course.

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#1 posted 07-14-2009 05:07 AM

Nicely done.

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 12:21 PM

Very nice. Cutting boards are among my favorites to make and give away…everyone loves them!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 07-14-2009 04:50 PM

beautiful. I love the grain so much it just makes me happy to see them. I think I need one on my desk at work just to make me feel better throughout the day…

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 09:17 PM

Did you say “roasted maple ” ? I know that they were doing that to Birch , but haven’t heard of Maple until now. My favorite board is in the spotlight in picture #4 : ) Birch link

Now see what you’ve done …you made me learn something new today ..Thank you : )
Roasted Soft Maple and Birch link

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 09:25 PM

darn right pretty

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#6 posted 07-15-2009 03:17 AM

Dusty 56, yes oasted figured maple. It’s gorgeous, but not as pretty when oiled. BTW, only the one board was done with Watco, then rest are in oil. You have same expert eye as my wife. That cutting board is quilted maple with bloodwood, ash and roasted curly maple.

Link to my roasted maple supplier

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#7 posted 07-15-2009 03:26 PM

Thanks for the link to your supplier. They have some very nice products , but it would be quite a drive for me because I live in Massachusetts USA.: ) LOL
When you said your boards were done in oil , did you mean Mineral Oil ? That is all that I use on mine with two exceptions : the first one I tried Boos Butcher Block Oil on and gave the rest of the bottle away : (
And the second one I used BLO on it …never again !

And this is one of my favorite Mineral Oil coated boards :

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