Maple and Purpleheart Cutting Board

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Project by Bill posted 08-29-2007 07:41 PM 10020 views 6 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been thinking of several ideas for smaller items to build, especially with Christmas coming soon. I decided to build a cutting board, and was excited to see all the different varieties online. I had a nice piece of Maple left over from one of my projects, and thought it would make a nice board. I was tempted to simple square it up and put an edge on it. But, being a Lumberjock, I felt I could not call it a project if I did just that.

The board I made is Maple and Purpleheart. I cut them into strips 1 1/4 inches wide and about 10 inches long. I glued the pieces together, sanded to 220 grit, and rounded off the edges. I have put three coats of mineral oil on the board, and will probably add two more before calling it finished.

I like the contrast between the deep purple color and the light maple. Hopefully I can find a market for these boards. I would like to make some more, with different designs and such.

Just a note – the board is a rectangle, even though the picture makes it look like a rhombus. Taking a picture with the tripod does not give you a true look down on the work.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 08-29-2007 07:49 PM

Very nice, Bill! Love that contrast between the maple and purpleheart.

Where did you get that neat “brand” on there?

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 08-29-2007 07:53 PM

You are right Bill it is a beautiful contrast good luck selling more. Nice work. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 08-29-2007 08:11 PM

Any suggestions on where to get purple hart? I was thinking about using walnut, would there be any problem with that for cutting boards? I remember hearing that walnut and brass don’t get along at all, but I could not confirm that, not that I would use brass on a cutting board ( I was thinking about a boat at the time :)

Great Christmas project 118 days left

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#4 posted 08-29-2007 08:24 PM

Great use of your wood. I have found that you have to make or develop a market when making new projects you want to sell. Very nice.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#5 posted 08-29-2007 08:28 PM

My local Woodcraft has lots of purpleheart and it is not very expensive. I belive it was around $4 a board foot.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 08-29-2007 08:43 PM

Ah! Purple Heart – I wonder how much I could get in my ski bag???

Lovely board bill – I just relised the first snow will be here in 8 weeks and Christmas is not long after that. I have also got to get busy making lots of small things in the next few weeks to show my customers so they can get there orders in.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#7 posted 08-29-2007 09:12 PM

Very nice Bill, and the colors are perfect for the mood of Christmas.

A few of these for the next challenge would be perfect.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#8 posted 08-29-2007 10:17 PM

Nice work, Bill. Great color combo!

Wayne, the words “my local Woodcraft” make me angry, ‘cause MY “local” Woodcraft is 3 hours away. lol

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 08-29-2007 10:55 PM

Beautiful cutting board Bill – love the contrast.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 08-29-2007 11:03 PM

Jingle bells, jingle bells, pretty Christmasy Bill. I’d never thought of using purple heart. I suppose they do it all over but, around here they use purple heart to deck lowboys. It looks a lot better on Bill’a cutting boards.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#11 posted 08-29-2007 11:21 PM

Ouch. I think I have 4 woodcraft stores within 3 hours and a Rockler store.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 08-30-2007 12:05 AM

Great cutting board bill. Love the color contrast.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 08-30-2007 01:34 AM

Tom, Woodcraft used to sell this branding irons if I recall correctly.

Don’t complain Charlie, “my local Woodcraft” is around 5.000 miles away, a tad over your mere three hours I’d say… ;o)

Of course Bill, nice project, as always. I love the constrasting woods and the simplicity of it. I’ve never been a fan of checkered cutting boards myself so your’s is a refreshing change. By the way, if you struggle with the perspective of your pictures just take them with a slightly wider-angle lense -leaving a background frame all around- and sent them to me. I’ll fix them for you in a snap.

Back to my breakfast now (I guess you’re a LJ when… you check your new LJ messages AND you comment on them during your breakfast).

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#14 posted 08-30-2007 07:34 AM

The Purple heart looks amazing. I have never used it before, is it nice to work with? The cutting board came out really nice Bill.

-- Kaleo ,

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Douglas Bordner

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#15 posted 08-30-2007 07:44 AM

Beautiful board, Bill! Have to put on my burgeoning round-to-it list.

Snodog asked about walnut. Anybody know if this could cause allergic reaction in nut sensitive folks? I think I recall The Wood Whisperer saying that Walnut Oil for the board wasn’t a good thing but I don’t know if walnut is a good choice for the board itself.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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