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Project by ben posted 12-07-2007 06:44 AM 2295 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are editions #2 and #3 of the cutting board experiments. (#1 isn’t worth showing.) Both based on the wood whisperer’s method, although I made 2 sets of slats and mixed them to produce these two. Walnut, cherry and maple are the woods in both.

The picture quality is bad, since I have no good place to take the photos without serious cleanup… sorry.

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#1 posted 12-07-2007 01:34 PM

these are great… the corner pieces in the second one—wow the lines!! gorgeous

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#2 posted 12-07-2007 03:59 PM

Hey Ben, nice boards. I’m not sure if we’re seeing the contrast from the cherry in the photos. How did you flatten the boards?

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#3 posted 12-07-2007 04:19 PM

Tom—the contrast is a bit better than what shows in the pics, but it’s less pronounced than I expected. I used soft maple instead of hard—perhaps that means darker maple and less contrast?

To flatten, I ran through the planer with very small increments, and then finished with a card scraper (because my planer blades leave some lines which I assume are due to nicks) and a very light final sanding. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the card scraper does a nice job on the end grain.


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#4 posted 12-07-2007 09:13 PM

Very nice looking cutting board. Should find tons of use. mike

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#5 posted 12-07-2007 10:40 PM

great cutting boards ben . nice touch on the grain patern on the walnut and cherry also . exellent job !

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#6 posted 12-08-2007 12:15 AM

I should have mentioned this first, but I forgot. To give credit where it’s due, my wife spotted all the nice grain patterns and did the final arrangements, so all the lovely walnut and cherry patterns are due to her good eye. I would have never thought of it, so she really made them look nice.


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#7 posted 12-14-2007 08:32 AM

These are really cool, ben. Hats off to your wife too on the grain arrangement. I agree that gives the boards that ‘extra touch’.

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#8 posted 03-27-2008 07:40 PM

Wow, I really like the book matching that is cool. Your wife obviously has a good eye for details.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#9 posted 03-27-2008 11:01 PM

Hi Ben,

I am glad that these came up on my list. I have been meaning to do something like this to use of my cutoffs and these give me some nice ideas. You have some nice patterns on these. i will have to go back and review Marc’s method. It has been a while since i looked at it.

Thanks for the inspiration

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#10 posted 11-05-2008 07:18 AM

Curse that Soft Maple !! I’ve been experiencing dark finish issues with some of my Maple projects as well , and sure enough , it’s Soft , not Hard Maple : ( ..........Who’d a thunk it ?

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

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