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I made this CB out of Hard Maple—Black Walnut—Paduck—European Beech—African Teak—Purpleheart. It is 12×18 x 1-3/8. I wanted to experiment with the final finish (mineral oil/beeswax), so I made this CB with various woods to see how they would be affected. I normally start finishing my CB with 240 sanding the board, I seal it thru and thru with 50% salad bowl finish and 50% mineral spirits, let dry two days, 240 sand and I coat with 100% salad bowl finish, let dry one day, 400 sand, then apply a hot coating of the mineral oil/beeswax for 1/2 hour, wipe and buff. This board got the same treatment, except I put a hot mineral oil/beeswax saturated cloth over the CB and left overnight. I then resaturated the cloth and covered the board again for 24 hours. I did this three times and every time I took the cloth off of the CB the African Teak, European Beech and Hard Maple pieces were dry having absorbed the finish. By the third day all the woods had enough finish. Lesson learned, I will be leaving the final finish on a few more days. I don’t know if this process will make the CB more durable, but time will tell.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!





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rickf16

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#1 posted 1005 days ago

Nice!!! I like the contrast in end grain. Good work.

-- Rick

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Skylark53

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#2 posted 1005 days ago

Great colors and unique pattern. Best of luck with the finish.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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Dusty56

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#3 posted 1005 days ago

Yup , the endgrain really likes to suck up the finish : )
Great looking board !!

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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bvdon

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#4 posted 1004 days ago

beautiful board, and that extensive finish looks nice.

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Hallmark

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#5 posted 1004 days ago

Nice looking CB.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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degoose

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#6 posted 1004 days ago

I find that if I sand right through the grits to 320 and then a quick burnish sand with 1200 then oil with mineral oil I get a super smooth finish with no glue lift… I repeat the oiling a few times with 24 hours drying between coats.

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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HalDougherty

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#7 posted 1004 days ago

You’ve made a beautiful cutting board. It’s a creative use of color and the design draws your eye to it. When it’s not being used, it would look great hanging on a kitchen wall. I’ve got a router bit some where to make a cut to hang a picture frame, I’m going to fix a couple of cutting boards as kitchen wall art.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Jonathan

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#8 posted 1004 days ago

Certainly a beautiful board, with great color and block-size contrasts to break it all up and add liveliness to it.

Did you add handles or feet underneath, or router a lip along the bottom edge so it’s easier to pick up?

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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amagineer

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#9 posted 1004 days ago

Thanks all for the comments. Jonathan, I am sorry I didn’t show a side view. I used black rubber bumpers with stainless steel screws. I was going to put a hand lip on each side but my router died.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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Jonathan

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#10 posted 1004 days ago

Sorry to hear about the unlucky timing of the demise of your router. I found that just adding the feet is a huge help in picking up the board, even without handles. Certainly a less time consuming build as well.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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