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Walnut, Maple, and Purpleheart End-Grain Cuttingboard

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Project by DarrylJN posted 06-23-2016 04:11 AM 868 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This cutting board is approximately 15” x 12-1/2” x 1-1/8” and is made of Walnut, Maple, and Purpleheart (edge-grain). I treated this board with 7 – 8 coats of General Finishes Salad Bowl Finishing Mix (2 parts Salad Bowl Mix/1 part Mineral Spirits) with sanding in between coats using #0000 steel wool.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC





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#1 posted 06-23-2016 05:26 AM

They look fantastic. Love the colors.

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#2 posted 06-23-2016 11:44 AM

This board looks great!

Is the purpleheart end or edge grain? Kinda looks to me like it’s edge, which will most certainly cause issues with expansion/contraction and will cause the board the crack.

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#3 posted 06-23-2016 03:51 PM

nice boards!

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#4 posted 06-23-2016 04:34 PM

Thanks Guys! The Purpleheart is edge grain. I have some cutting boards with purpleheart that are over 5 years old and they haven’t cracked but you never know.

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#5 posted 06-23-2016 10:54 PM

Very nice job. I’ve been mixing the edge grain accent pieces in end-grain boards for years and have yet to have one crack. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m just saying it hasn’t hot any of mine yet.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#6 posted 06-23-2016 11:05 PM

looks very nice together GREAT JOB

-- Tony Reinholds,Pa. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 06-24-2016 01:09 AM

The board is stunning.

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

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DarrylJN

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#8 posted 06-24-2016 02:34 AM

Thanks Guys!

Hey Jim R,
Yeah, I don’t think there is a right or wrong but I totally get where Bob (KnotCurser) is coming from. Purpleheart is a super hard and dense wood but can really be brittle at times too. I love the color so much though that I need to throw a little into my projects, here and there. Yellowheart and Padauk are also two of my favorite accent colors. What’s so nice about making cutting boards is that use can crazy colors and do really fun stuff, compared to making furniture where you would generally only want subtle accents.

-Darryl

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#9 posted 06-24-2016 03:56 AM

Very pretty! But my bet is its going to crack on you. End grain and long grain combo’s are going to cause problems because they both move differently with moisture.

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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DarrylJN

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#10 posted 06-24-2016 05:33 AM

It hasn’t happened yet but like I said above, it’s possible. I’ve made about 60 or so cutting boards, some with mixed grain and I haven’t ran into an issue. Most of my friends and family used them, wash them, leave em on the rack to dry, etc… and I haven’t received any feedback on that issue. The only issue I know of was where my friend decided to put the cutting board in the dishwasher! LOL

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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#11 posted 06-24-2016 09:49 AM

Cutting boards are 50% of what I make and sell. I always include a lifetime guarantee for repairs even if the problem was user error. The only failure I’ve ever seen has been dishwasher use. The heat, water and steam will break down any joint no matter the wood or the grain. I like the added pizzazz of mixing the grains as well as the woods so it is certainly a chance worth taking IMHO. I’m sure areas of the country will have an effect too. Here in the Northeast we have long winters so are dryer than the south.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#12 posted 06-24-2016 10:58 AM

Wow! I don’t know if I’m sorry or happy about this discussion about mixing end and edge grain wood in a cutting board. :-)

I think I learned a few things, so all in all it’s a great discussion – sorry to use your project as a soapbox though.

As I stated above, I think this board looks amazing, and your work is stellar – perfect looking joints, etc…..

As far as IF this can happen, yes it certainly can and does – take a look at one of Mark Spagnuolo’s video’s (about the two minute part is a heart-breaking example): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_di-bApAMc

I suppose you have been very lucky – maybe due to your climate or the way folks handle the board, etc….

An easy way to eliminate the risk is to simply glue up a few pieces of the purpleheart and flip them so the entire board is end-grain. It’s a tad more work, but I would HATE to see one of your boards look like the one in the video I mention above! DOH!

Keep up the great work!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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DarrylJN

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#13 posted 06-24-2016 04:41 PM

Hey Bob,
Don’t be sorry, it’s all about learning on LJ so it’s all good. I actually learned how to make my first end-grain cutting board by watching the Wood Whisperer’s initial video on the board he has in the video you posted. BTW, he also posts a follow-up video where the board pretty much pulled itself together, due to temp or moisture change, and he shows how he repaired it too. I could have easily done end-grain with the purpleheart but it was a matter of choice. Here is a monster cutting board that i made where it is all end-grain which I like as well!

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/85701

Thanks,

Darryl

-- Darryl ~ Waxhaw, NC

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