First attempt at cutting boards

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Project by gridlockd posted 11-18-2011 05:12 AM 1297 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at cutting boards, i am pretty pleased. the two larger are maple with walnut accent stripes, one with 1/4” vertical, one with 1/8” cross hatch. both turned out ok. the smaller is maple with horizontal purple heart. I was kind of expecting purple heart to be a little more….purpley! this purple heart I have is about 20 yrs old, does anyone know if purple heart is supposed to lose some of it’s hue with age?

At any rate, not nearly as elaborate or beautiful as some of the offerings i’ve seen here. Thanks for looking.


-- Gridlockd

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#1 posted 11-18-2011 05:24 AM


Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. My eye tell me you saw the beauty in the wood and worked to reveal it

Good selection of materials and nice execution of the designs.

I understand that purpleheart may loose it’s purple coloration over time…

Keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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#2 posted 11-18-2011 05:37 AM


Good job, I like the design accents. Hope to see some more pictures, can’t wait to see how your cutting boards develop over time.

-- Mark, Pueblo, CO. >>> A few pieces of wood and an Idea is all it takes to get me in trouble :)

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#3 posted 11-18-2011 05:53 AM

I love the lines on the one to the left. The subtle contrast in hue between the two lighter woods is nice as well.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#4 posted 11-18-2011 11:42 AM

I like how you are using different species. Good job.
Yes, purpleheart loses its color over time.

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#5 posted 11-18-2011 11:56 AM

Great job on your first boards. Well done on all of them. Purple Heart is a great wood to use. I have used it in over 100 boards. Once your are done sanding let it sit for a few days or a week in your shop the light will bring back out the pigments in the wood making it more purple. Hope this helps.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 11-18-2011 01:01 PM

Nice boards, purple heart does change color con’t know why.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 11-18-2011 01:54 PM

Looks good!

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#8 posted 11-18-2011 04:07 PM

Great job!! Nice design and choice of woods.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 11-18-2011 04:41 PM

Thanks to all for the nice comments! I will have to try the light exposure on the purpleheart, does it matter whether the light source is incandescent or florescent? my shop is all florescent, but i could set up a stand lamp with incandescent if that’s better.

-- Gridlockd

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#10 posted 11-18-2011 08:18 PM

They came out great! I like the 3 hole opening. Great idea.What did you use to make them?

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#11 posted 11-18-2011 11:03 PM

The 3 hole grip is just 3 forstner holes with the outside two slightly overlapping the side of the middle one. i don’t remember what size bit, but just hold the bit up to your first 3 fingers and use one that’s comparable size around to the largest finger. then just put it on the router with a round over bit to ease the transition. easy and effective!

-- Gridlockd

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#12 posted 11-19-2011 12:12 AM

I can’t resist this: Had you never cut boards before making these?

Just kidding. Very attractive. Nice attention to detail.

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