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Cutting boards in Mesquite and curly maple

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Project by Tom O'Brien posted 12-29-2009 04:20 AM 1246 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The wood for this project came from the back of a truck in Texas (the Mesquite) and Home Depot in Virginia (the Curly Maple). I saw the maple in the rack at HD while visiting my son last year, and had to have it. The Mesquite was for sale by a guy at the Texas Mesquite Association seminar this Spring. Once I had the two pieces, it became clear that they were made for each other. I ripped the Mesquite down the center and glued the Maple in the middle. A few passes thru the planer and they were just right. I cut two cutting boards from the assembly, sanded and oiled them, and sent one to my son and gave the other to my daughter. You can see from the close-up picture that the two woods really complement each other. These are thinner than most cutting boards but still very useful. I have a little left of each wood, just waiting for a small project.

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dozer326

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#1 posted 12-29-2009 08:16 AM

great job! I agree that mesquite and maple compliment each other very well. I just finished making 17 of these cutting boards for Christmas presents. You can take a look of a few of them that I posted in my projects. Keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 04-06-2012 10:18 AM

I missed this when first posted, Tom. Very pretty board and great gifts for your children : )
How thin are they and have they warped or cupped ?
Thanks

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#3 posted 04-06-2012 01:19 PM

Dusty56,

Neither of the cutting boards shows any cupping or warping. The joints are still tight. The boards are a little over 1/2 inch thick.

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#4 posted 04-06-2012 08:30 PM

Thank you .
I haven’t been that lucky with the thin , wide, boards that I made in the past. Could have been the end users care , or lack of, that caused them to cup. Don’t know for sure. I’m happy that yours are holding up well : )

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