End Grain Tight Weave Cutting Boards

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Project by jonasramus posted 01-04-2012 03:38 PM 7439 views 15 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok. I have now officially submitted my application to the cutting board club on Lumberjocks.

These two boards were a major challenge. Properly milling up all the material, glueing up the boards several times, and keeping everything square and true at each glue up stage was a significantly difficult for me, but the results are worth the effort.

The first board is made of purple heart, paduk, and yellow heart. The second is of walnut and yellow heart.

I will never use purple heart for a project like this again. I found it to be very brittle and tear out was a huge problem for me.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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#1 posted 01-04-2012 03:41 PM

Impressive, congratulations on very nice cutting boards!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 01-04-2012 05:38 PM

Well done!

Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#3 posted 01-04-2012 05:47 PM

I have found the same issue with Purpleheart, though the payoff is that is will maintain it’s beautiful color. You will find that the Padauk will darken to an almost Walnut color with just a few weeks of exposure to UV rays. Keep it out of the sun if you want it to stay red’ish.

Very nice looking boards!

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#4 posted 01-04-2012 05:50 PM

Very cool boards ,outstanding work.

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#5 posted 01-04-2012 06:24 PM

Very nice boards. I realy like the one with purpleheart. Great color combinations Nice work.

I’ve used purpleheart but haven’t had any tearout but I only run my boards through the drum sander and not through a planner.

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#6 posted 01-04-2012 10:22 PM

Very nice. Good lookin’ boards.

I hate PH too. Nothing but trouble for me and then it turns brown. Might just as well use walnut.

Good job,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Chris P.

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#7 posted 01-04-2012 11:11 PM

Wow, as a maker of end-grain boards I am floored at the number of individual pieces you had to make just right. Impressive!

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#8 posted 01-04-2012 11:41 PM

Very nicely done… now try a 60 degree angled weave…

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#9 posted 01-05-2012 05:51 PM

Great looking boards/design..!..

I do have a question:...I have been looking and trying to make a list of the different boards that have been used to make any/all cutting boards (I have not made a cutting board yet, just getting ready for my first attempt)...just wondering how it went with the padauk..??..I have used padauk before in my segmented bowls I have turned, and it stained the boards next to it.

Just wondering if there is a way to stop that staining from happening on such boards as ‘padauk’, and even my favored ‘bloodwood’...and if they are used, will they run/stain the food that is placed on them as whatever finish is used on them wears off..??

-- Today's mighty oak is just yesterdays nut that held its ground.

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#10 posted 01-06-2012 03:04 PM

the paduk does not bleed onto food that I have noticed, though I don’t know to what extent the wax/oil finish contributes to that. What I will say is that the Paduk contains dark streaks which look great on side grain, but on the end grain, the dark areas looks like stains. (See the splotching in the red parts of the board.)

Otherwise I liked using it. it machines well, didn’t tear out, and looks great as it ages, transforming to a rich, reddish brown.

-- Jeff, Deltona Florida

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#11 posted 03-18-2012 11:36 AM

Beautiful. I’m with Chris P., amazing number of small cuts, well done, result is a very cool pattern. I might have to try this pattern.

Question, where did you get the yellow heart?

-- Kevin May "Making wood useful and fun!"

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#12 posted 03-17-2014 02:23 PM

Can anyone tell me how this board was made? Help…

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