Embrace Sapwood

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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 02-12-2016 05:51 PM 459 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When you go to a lumberyard, don’t discard the boards with sapwood or odd grain patterns. Find a use for them.

My favorite lumber yard manager loves to see me walk through the door, because I will pick through stacks of boards to find the ones that will be interesting when used. Never be boring.

The first picture is a small end grain cheese board or light weight cutting board; it’s approximately 12” x 10” x 1”. The board features cherry sapwood, along with black walnut & hard maple. The grain pattern of the sapwood makes a totally unique & interesting design.

The other pieces are all pure black walnut. The sapwood is what makes the boards, which generally sell very quickly. The first 3 are smaller boards, and were all made from 4/4 stock. The last 2 pictures are full size cutting boards made from 8/4 stock. They are approximately 16” x 20” x 1-1/2”. These boards sold for $300 each.

All boards have non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws. Routed finger holds are included as well. Boards are finished with mineral oil, and then a top coat of board butter, which is mineral oil mixed with locally-harvested beeswax.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#1 posted 02-13-2016 02:48 AM

I 100% agree sap wood make stunning boards. I also look for boards with interesting grain/sap wood/defects, etc. those types of characteristics. Fact of the matter, the more odd characteristics = really unique boards.

Thanks for sharing.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#2 posted 02-13-2016 04:19 PM

Fine job, so much more interesting than “perfect” boards.

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#3 posted 02-13-2016 05:59 PM

It looks really nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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