|Project by Szczuldo||posted 12-22-2010 09:37 PM||1910 views||12 times favorited||13 comments|
Here are a couple of end grain cutting boards I made for Christmas presents. First board is Maple wiith walnut accents and the second is maple, walnut and zebrawood.
I like how both turned out. The smaller one is for my girlfriend’s mother and the larger for my own mother.
I wish I made more of these. I heard some wanted boxes but alas I heard too late.
All of the pieces were cut from 8/4 stock of maple and walnut, zebrawood was only available in 4/4 (probably good for my wallet)
For the zebrawood board, i book matched the maple and walnut pieces on the first glue-up and really like the way the end grain turned out. Working with zebrawood was interesting. It has a distinct odor when cut and tears out like mad. Trying to joint it resulted in a very rough, but flat surface. However, it sands extremely well and since I was using a wide belt sander for smoothing this out I was not worried about tear out.
I began finishing with salad bowl finish but was distracted by something and forgot to thin it before putting it on. This resulted in a film being built up and I had to sand that down and this time thinned it 50% and applied a couple of coats. I think since the first full strength coat had absorbed slightly and dried it prevented much more from being soaked in (it never soaked to the other side) I then followed with mineral oil. I need another experience with the salad bowl finish before I write it off.