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Project by MikeB posted 09-10-2007 06:58 AM 2514 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just put the finishing touches on the last end-grain cutting boards inspired by The WoodWhisperer (Marc Spagnuolo) video podcast. There were 6 total, but I gave two away as gifts.

The combinations of wood species were:
  • Purpleheart & Maple
  • Purpleheart & Hickory (entered in a local art show, won third place ribbon)
  • Purpleheart & Walnut
  • Walnut & Hickory
  • Walnut & Maple

Though the construction is relatively easy, the sanding of end-grain took the most time.

MikeB

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon





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cajunpen

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#1 posted 09-10-2007 08:08 AM

Mike the boards look great. I’m getting ready to make a few for Christmas gifts – hope they turn out as well as yours did. I am glad that I have a Drum Sander – should at least take that part of the misery out of the project. Congratulations on the ribbon – 1st and 2nd place must have been some kind of special.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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HandsOgold

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#2 posted 09-10-2007 09:16 AM

Once again a caveat, walnut is a toxic wood and should not be used for food preparation surfaces, decoration, serving, but food contact is a no no. also do not dispose of dust or shavings near compost piles or ion garden.

-- Dan

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Tony

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#3 posted 09-10-2007 02:40 PM

Dan. I would have to disagree with you. Walnut is not toxic any more than maple, but you do have to be aware that certain people have allegies to nuts, and Walnut wood can also trigger this allegiy.

Mike. Wonderful looking boards – I know how you feel about the sanding – its definitely the hardest part.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 03:00 PM

These are really cool! Now just make one with uniform squares and the chef can play chess when he’s not chpping onions.

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

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MsDebbieP

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 03:01 PM

this walnut discussion is really interesting—severely dangerous to animals it seems (having read the stories about the effect on horses and someone’s dog that became paralyzed… and then sites say that it is toxic and others say that walnut oil is recommended for the finish of cutting boards… my goodness it has strange properties!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Karson

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#6 posted 09-10-2007 03:03 PM

MIke a nice set of cutting boards and congratulations on your win.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TomFran

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#7 posted 09-10-2007 09:20 PM

Great cutting boards!

What did you put on them? Did you do what the woodwhisperer said to do?

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

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MikeB

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#8 posted 09-11-2007 12:29 AM

Tom,
I followed The Wood Whisperer instructions very closely. I probably went overboard on applying the finish (too many coats).

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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Napaman

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#9 posted 09-11-2007 01:44 AM

great job!!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Greg Mitchell

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#10 posted 09-11-2007 02:52 AM

Nice looking cutting boards Mike!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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thewoodwhisperer

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#11 posted 09-11-2007 08:39 AM

Excellent job Mike! Congrats on the win! I think I need to make a few myself for Christmas gifts. Dang, now I have more work to do. :)

Thanks for posting.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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Josh

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#12 posted 09-12-2007 02:32 AM

Nice boards. I like the walnut/Hickory. What finish did you use?

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MikeB

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#13 posted 09-12-2007 05:56 AM

Josh,
It was what The WoodWhisperer recommended, General Finish’s Salad Bowl finish cut (diluted) with 50% mineral spirits. Went on really smooth, I’ll use it again for some turning that I do too. It eliminates the “nut oil” allergy thing.

-- MikeB, Aurora, Oregon

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mot

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#14 posted 09-12-2007 11:49 AM

Terrific looking boards!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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