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Project by robert triplett posted 07-06-2010 12:22 AM 2795 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two more cutting boards with an S curve in them. I used Purpleheart and some Big Leaf Maple from fellow LumberJock John Ormsby in Sacramento. He had advertised some Maple for sale in Trade and Swap. I drove 3 hours and the wood was worth the drive. I spent about 4 hours with John in his shop and in his two car garage filled with wood, and he and his wife fed me lunch. He gave me a good deal on some great wood. I have not used Big Leaf Maple before. It is darker than the white Maple I have been using. It gives a nice contrast to the Purpleheart. Some is curly, some has some quilt, and some has some spalting. I usd some with straight grain and good color for the boards. It doesn’t look like much in its rough state but we took each board out into the sunlight. I t sure is nice when planed. I didn’t take any pictures of the boards until I had them displayed at a show this weekend. I sold the first one within an hour. People seem to like the darker of the two when I make these twin boards. Here are a few photos of the wood. Thanks again John. He has a lot of wood left!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#1 posted 07-06-2010 12:46 AM

I REALLY love this design! It’s very elegant.. I love mixing the waves with the straight lines.

I have observed in my own work that, strangely, people tend to think “darker” wood is “better” wood. I’ve made a couple of the same thing before out of different woods and the darker wood always sells first. I think it may be because the “cheap woods” are also light coloured, even if they have nothing structurally in common with good, pale hardwood.

That said I personally prefer … the lighter of the twins. I like dark wood as an accent. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#2 posted 07-06-2010 01:01 AM

S very Nice

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#3 posted 07-06-2010 01:09 AM

Robert, what great joinery on those seams! If I tried that, I’d inevitably have a gap somewhere. Very attractive design, nicely done.


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#4 posted 07-06-2010 01:51 AM

Nice boards. And what a nice story. Good for you guys.

I only know hard maple and soft maple from the lumber store. I could name about a dozen different maple trees by site, but I have no idea what their wood looks like. (That is really sad, I wish knew differently.)

Congrats on the sale,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-06-2010 02:22 AM

Beautiful board. Really like those woods…
sneeky Larry….sneeky

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#6 posted 07-06-2010 02:54 AM

Robetr, Excellent craftsmanship. Thanks for posting.
BarbS, TIP – Just for small curved jointing, I normally clamp the pieces to be joined and use a coping saw (jigsaw, scroll saw or bandsaw if available) to cut along the line of joint. This way you eliminate the gap in the joint. Thereafter, no need for sanding. just glue it. As long as there is no lines to be affected, this is possible but if there are, then, two boards will be required to be cut at same time exactly perpendicular cut is required. I think this explain why Robert have made two pieces…. Sorry Robert for exposing it…. I just couldnt stop sharing my ideas. If I will do it again on my boxes, I will take a video… Hope I had help you on this..

-- Bert

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#7 posted 07-06-2010 03:00 AM

I really like the flow of your boards. Nice combination of woods and beautiful design. Very nice.

-- John @

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#8 posted 07-06-2010 03:07 AM

Very nice design and layout, the contrasting curves and straight lines play off of each other very well.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#9 posted 07-06-2010 04:54 AM

Very nice design Robert

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#10 posted 07-06-2010 10:46 AM

Great work and design on the boards. Great that you sold them right away as well. Love hearing stories about meeting other LJ’s as well. Glad you had a good day keep it up.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#12 posted 07-06-2010 01:44 PM

I like your design as well

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#13 posted 07-06-2010 05:47 PM

Thanks everyone. I enjoy making these. I always have to travel at least an hour and a half to buy wood. The trip to Sacramento was worth the time. John has invited me back when I use up the stack of Big Leaf maple he sold to me. I also need to go see Eric in West Sacrament to get some more Redwood Burl. The connections through this site have been great. When I am at shows and talking to other woodworkers, I ask if they know about LumberJocks. Most have not so I write the name on the back of one of my cards. I cleaned my shop yesterday instead of starting a Mobius cutting board. Hopefully today I can begin. I also have to make a few boxes and boards to replace those sold on Sunday!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#14 posted 05-22-2011 07:14 PM

These are really gorgeous boards….don’t know how I missed them when first posted .
Looks like you scored some nice quilted Maple as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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