Sapele, Walnut, Maple Cutting board

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Project by Andrew posted 04-23-2012 11:14 PM 5823 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Latest edge-grain cutting board. Made mostly of quarter-sawn Sapele, with walnut stripes and maple accents.

This is my first time working with sapele – it is unbelievable, the pictures don’t do it justice. It shines before the finish even goes on. I did research it and find no evidence it is toxic, so despite being a foreign wood (Africa) it seems perfectly safe for cutting board use.

This board is fairly large – 11.75” x 19” x 1.5”. I really need to work on getting some hand-holds into my boards, hopefully when I get my router table built I will use a box core bit (Thanks degoose for the suggestion) and route grooves into the side to do it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 11:56 PM

Looks great Andrew!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-24-2012 12:03 AM

Really really nice

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#3 posted 04-24-2012 01:55 AM

Great wood choices. I have used Sapele for boards and i think it is safe. It does add a lot of shine to the mix.

Nice, heavy design. I made a plywood template for a hand held router and clamp it onto the board to do the cutouts for handles.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 04-24-2012 02:32 AM

Thanks guys!

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#5 posted 04-24-2012 03:02 PM

Your pattern was nicely thought out…...................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 04-24-2012 04:17 PM

I really like this combination of woods!

-- Steve, Pennsylvania

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#7 posted 04-24-2012 06:13 PM

Nice job on the board! Do you ever use biscuits to assemble them? I usually use Titebond III and biscuits, although I don’t think I would call it dishwasher safe – they should hold up for years.
Good choice on the wood.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 04-24-2012 06:22 PM

really nicely done board ya got there. I used a dado blade on my tablesaw to rout out some handles, just place the board over the blade and raise it up into your board. Just dont do like i did and check it halfway through and misalign the board when placing it back over the blade. The dado blade grabbed my board and launched it.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 04-24-2012 10:27 PM

Very nice cutting board.
Love the colors.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#10 posted 04-25-2012 01:36 AM

Wow, thanks guys :)

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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