Butcher Block

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Project by Clay Ortiz posted 01-01-2010 07:25 PM 2250 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I built this cutting board for my neighbor. It is mostly hickory. I added a little walnut just because it was laying around in my shop. The pink looking wood is some dogwood that I got from the same neighbor.
He had a lot of dogwoods on his land that just died for some reason so rather than burn them he gave them to me. I am still trying to get enough to build me a workbench top out of it. I will post it if I ever get it done.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#1 posted 01-01-2010 07:26 PM

Very nice board Clay

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#2 posted 01-01-2010 07:36 PM

Sweet board design : )

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#3 posted 01-01-2010 08:57 PM

Howdy Clay, Nice design, layout and finished product. What kind of finish?
Doug in AZ.

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#4 posted 01-01-2010 10:01 PM

Thanks guys. For the finish I used an oil finish from Watco.

-- Clay Ortiz, North Georgia

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#5 posted 01-01-2010 11:44 PM

Clay, I really like the design of your board and the contrasting woods are very nice. Great job. BTW, welcome to LJ’s.

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#6 posted 01-02-2010 12:44 AM

Really nice pattern, I like that, good job.

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#7 posted 01-02-2010 07:01 AM

Clay, this is a gorgeous cutter. You chose a nice set of woods for it construction. This is the first time I have seen dogwood used in a project.

Good luck on finding enough for a bench. Here they seldom get bigger than 1 foot in diameter. And those are not very common.

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#8 posted 01-03-2010 08:51 AM

Nice, solid board. I like the look of the hickory.

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#9 posted 01-06-2010 06:54 AM

Great looking board. Nice use of laying around woods.

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