Cherry Cutting boards - Before and after

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Project by JoshIndy posted 1327 days ago 1067 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cutting board I made for my father-in-law for Christmas 2008. When we visited them this past Christmas (2010) I was surprised by the color changes and thought I would share the changes. It is amazing how you notice these things and how valuable it can be to take pictures of your projects.

He has found the boards too attractive to cut on and actually use. So the big one hangs on the wall as a kitchen decoration and the small one as a trivet.

The large one is Cherry, purpleheart and a strip of walnut.
The smaller is cherry and purpleheart.
-Boards are treated with noting but a mineral oil finish…several several coats.

The first picture is Christmas 2008.
The other two photos are 2010.

-Even if you don’t share them on this site, or any other site, take a picture of your projects.

-- People are like tea bags. You find out how strong they are when you put them in hot water. -Eleanor Roosevelt

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#1 posted 1327 days ago

Some of that change might be the appearance due to the color of the room lighting?? How wood ages is an interesting subject.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1327 days ago

While I like working with cherry and think it is a beautiful wood, you really have to be aware of how drastically it will change in color over time.

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

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#3 posted 1327 days ago

Very interesting. Nice looking cutting boards.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 1327 days ago

The purpleheart has taken on a nice color. One of the reasons I don’t use much stain is that I really like to watch the colors change over time. Thanks for sharing the comparison!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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