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Project by robert triplett posted 06-12-2010 12:07 AM 1238 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made 7 of these-12” x 18” and 7 small boards for an upcoming show. I tried to balance the Curly Maple with some nice contrasting woods. These are all flat grain. People are not yet ready to pay a lot more for endgrain boards.
I used a mix of mineral oil and paraffin on these. It gives a nicer look than the Salad Bowl finish I had recently tried.
Cherry and Maple; Cherry, Maple, a little Padauk, Jotoba, and Yellowheart; Walnut and Maple; and Purpleheart and Maple. The Maple really shimmers in good light. Back to the shop. I have a few more glued up and another crazy Larry Cheese Platter to cut up. Thanks for looking. Robert

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!





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#1 posted 06-12-2010 12:10 AM

They are fantastic Bob…

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#2 posted 06-12-2010 12:14 AM

These are great Bob the Curly maple lights up each board.

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#3 posted 06-12-2010 02:26 AM

You certainly did a great job on all of these…...I really like that you kept the grain continuity across the boards : ) Added to my favorites : )
Tiger Maple is my all time favorite accent wood.
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#4 posted 06-12-2010 02:33 AM

These are all very nice boards, and I’d have to agree with Jim in that the addition of the curly maple in each one really “makes” the board.

I have actually been wondering about using (at least on the outer edge) curly maple on an end-grain board. Surely someone has done this? I think it’d make for a beautiful and graceful border.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 06-12-2010 03:50 AM

OK, so I did some digging around and did find one that was framed iin curly maple that Scott made: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/22698
I suppose it wouldn’t matter if it was just the frame, as you don’t tend to cut on the edge of a board anyway.

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#6 posted 06-12-2010 04:30 AM

Dusty, thanks for the link to your board. You did a great job of aligning the stripes on the maple.
Jonathan, I asked Allen of Milwaukee Woodworks if he carried really thick curly (striped) maple to use for a box. I want to make the sides look like your board. I see he has some 12/4 right now, but I would want 20/4!! I hadn’t thought of using it as end grain for a board. It would be pretty.
Robert

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#7 posted 06-12-2010 04:44 AM

Robert,

Just for clarification, the link I posted above was a board that Scott (poroskywood) made. I have made one end grain cutting board to date, but it only contained hard maple, not curly maple, along with walnut.

20/4? What about just glueing up some 12/4? That’d give you plenty of wood to work with.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 06-12-2010 06:17 AM

Jonathan, I was thinking of avoiding a glue line. Sometimes I get an idea and don’t see other solutions. I suppose I could be very careful about trying to match the grain. Maybe make the cut for the top at the glue line. Thanks for the comments.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#9 posted 06-12-2010 03:30 PM

Robert,

I understand wanting to avoid a glue line. However, you could also look at it as an opportunity to infuse the project with some more character if you found the correct boards and were able to produce an interesting grain pattern. Just another option.

I have not done business with them, but here is a link to a company that sells 20/4 Curly/Tiger Maple:
http://www.goodhopehardwoods.com/tiger-maple.html

(Note: This was from a Google search, so I’m sure there are a few others selling 20/4 stock.)

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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