PNW Maple cheese boards

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Project by aero posted 1232 days ago 2178 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We made these for a charity auction – they love our cheese boards. Local Pacific Northwest Big Leaf Maple has natural chatoyancy, and often some spalting. It is used to make very expensive musical instruments also.
We use walnut oil to bring out the figure and seal them.
Bill and Karen

-- Karen and Bill

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#1 posted 1232 days ago

Beautiful wood! I love our PNW Maple – especially spalted – it is one of my favorites to turn.

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#2 posted 1232 days ago

That is a wonderful grain pattern. I will have to try and get my hands on some of that wood.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#3 posted 1232 days ago

Wow! Love that grain!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 1232 days ago

beautiful depth

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#5 posted 1232 days ago

I just want to reach out and feel the ripples…beautiful wood!

-- Skip from Batavia, purveyor of fine and exotic sawdust & chips.

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#6 posted 1232 days ago

One of the most beautiful pieces of wood I’ve seen….Love our PNM!

-- If you build it, they will come

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#7 posted 1232 days ago

Oh my goodness, that wood is spectacular! Beautiful cheese boards!

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#8 posted 1232 days ago

That is some beautiful wood, what a wonderful job.

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#9 posted 1232 days ago

Perhaps I should buy one to recylce as medallions in my boxes :-)
Nice work,

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 1232 days ago

OMG where did that grain come from? Absolutely gorgeous. I can see why they love them. I have never seen grain like that in maple. Beautiful!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 1232 days ago

That is beautiful wood. Have you used it for boxes? I looked at your projects and saw the jewelry chest that I had favorited before, and the scarf chest. This wood would be great as a box!! You said you made these for charity. Have you tried to sell one of these? They could be ‘too pretty to cut on’. Thanks for posting.

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

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#12 posted 1232 days ago

Thats what I call wow wood

-- Custom furniture

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#13 posted 1232 days ago

The Maple is gorgeous !!
Nice display rack as well : )

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

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#14 posted 1232 days ago

Absolutely some of the most beautiful pieces of wood I’ve seen anywhere and the oil really makes it pop. How big are those cheese boards?

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#15 posted 1232 days ago

Definitely has the WOW factor.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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