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Project by SPalm posted 08-18-2009 07:39 PM 4712 views 30 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was different for me. I had never tried this with endgrain before. I have had a chuck of walnut lying around for years. It had sapwood on both outside edges that crept into the middle. So I ripped it into 5 strips. The two outside strips (flipped) became the inside of this cutting board, and two of the middle strips became the outside of this board. I kept the beautiful center strip for another day.

They are about 12 inches by 11 inches, and 1 inch thick.

The maple, cherry, and Spanish cedar were added for width and color. My original intent was to flip every other strip for that woven look. Well, it did not work out so well, and basically looked hideous. So I went with just lining ‘em up. One board bookmatched all the way, and the other slip matched with a book in the middle. I need to plan this stuff out better.

I have some other gnarly boards that I now have some motivation to study and see how I can use their defects on cutting boards. Endgrain adds some interesting challenge to it.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon





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konaman

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#1 posted 08-18-2009 07:43 PM

Looks very nice, great job

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#2 posted 08-18-2009 07:45 PM

Nice arrangement.

-- James - www.walnutweasel.wordpress.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 08-18-2009 07:48 PM

Very nice, I like the one in the first picture best. But it’s only a half point better than the second one.

10 to 9.5.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#4 posted 08-18-2009 08:09 PM

Neat. It looks like batik!

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isetegija

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#5 posted 08-18-2009 08:14 PM

Very nice grain .
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking http://woodworkessence.com/

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 08-18-2009 08:37 PM

Wow very cool Steve looks wonderful

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PKP

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#7 posted 08-18-2009 09:25 PM

coolest cutting board ive seen

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mmh

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#8 posted 08-18-2009 09:33 PM

This really did come out nicely! It’s amazing how a flat surface can be manipulated in so many different patterns. Keep up the good work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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degoose

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#9 posted 08-18-2009 09:33 PM

It is amazing what mother nature hides for us to find… keep looking and keep posting.. nice job.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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bibb

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#10 posted 08-18-2009 10:50 PM

Of all the cutting boards hese are my favorite so far.

-- you may only live once, but if you do it right that's all you need katanadesign.com

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davidtheboxmaker

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#11 posted 08-19-2009 12:13 AM

End grain is really good looking if you get the right pieces. You obviously did. Nice job.

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Dan'um Style

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#12 posted 08-19-2009 12:48 AM

very unique …one of my favorites

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#13 posted 08-19-2009 12:54 AM

WOW…...........what more can be said. I’m going to be looking at wood more closely to see what I can find hiding in the mist. Fantastic looking boards.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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Russel

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#14 posted 08-19-2009 01:03 AM

That is way cool. It’s a good eye that can see that in the rough. Nicely done, sir.

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kine97/Theresa

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#15 posted 08-19-2009 01:39 AM

Just fantastic!

-- "My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night. In between, I occupy myself as best I can." -Cary Grant

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