Cutting boards

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Project by DalPal posted 12-10-2011 09:46 PM 1816 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I love the grain in this board. It’s red oak.

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Michael Wilson

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#1 posted 12-10-2011 09:49 PM

Yep. Me too. Very nice.

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#2 posted 12-10-2011 10:20 PM

looks like a tree… hey, it is a tree!
Very nice work!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 12-10-2011 10:50 PM

love the grain and the bookmatch style

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#4 posted 12-10-2011 11:02 PM

The first I’ve seen like this. Sometimes simple is beautiful. I like it.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#5 posted 12-10-2011 11:05 PM

Isn’t oak a problem due to the open grain? It’s such a gorgeous wood but I’ve stayed away from using it for anything that will touch food.

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#6 posted 12-11-2011 12:22 AM

Beautiful grain in that board!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 12-11-2011 02:26 AM

Beautiful grains! I hope you used a grain filler on this one to seal the pores.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 12-11-2011 02:36 AM

Nice nice nice,super job.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 12-11-2011 02:57 AM


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

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#10 posted 12-11-2011 03:01 AM

That is an awesome looking grain pattern!

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#11 posted 12-11-2011 06:33 AM

Nice rays you have there. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#12 posted 12-11-2011 07:51 PM

Beautiful board.

Wondering about the comment made by madwilliamflint about “open grain” – what does that mean?

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti --

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#13 posted 12-11-2011 07:56 PM

Looks like a center cut board with the middle being the heart. The grain is extraordinary…great job.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#14 posted 12-11-2011 08:18 PM


The term “open grain” refers to the size of the pores in the wood.

If you look closely at the image of this board, you can see the individual pores in this piece of red oak.

Now, take a look at this board – especially pic three – you will not be able to see any pores – this is known as “closed” or “tight” grained wood.

Open, or loose grained woods are frowned upon for use in end-grain cutting boards because liquid can easily soak into the pores – this will not only rot the wood quickly but can trap bacteria inside.

Red oak has such open grains that if you were to puddle water onto a five inch thick piece of end grain red oak and wait around ten minutes you would see it drip from the bottom – give it a try!

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#15 posted 12-11-2011 08:30 PM

KnotCurser -thanks for the explanation. Glad I know this ahead of time as I was planning on doing some cutting boards in the next few months.

-- -- Jim “Mr. Measure Twice” Marchetti --

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