Trio of Walnut Endgrain Boards

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Project by sam20650 posted 737 days ago 1198 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok I really have been a slacker about posting things so I am going to try to be better about it…

We (jay20650 and I) have been busy working on a fantastic custom walnut live edge table and had a stack of offcuts from that lumber…so into cutting boards they go!

The big one is 20×20 the other two are 10×15 or so…all just under 2 inches thick…

I love the sapwood in walnut and these boards came out with some cool variations…the pictures show my “auditioning” different combinations for the big board. I settled on the one I did because I liked the swirl pattern it created down the middle…

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#1 posted 737 days ago

Very creative, I too likr the sap wood in walnut, just fitted some kitchen worktops in Walnut, very pleased with how it look.

Nice work, well done

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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#2 posted 737 days ago

I’m into using the sap wood as well as I think it add so much visual interest into the piece as well as contrast. Nice work on the use of your cut-offs…BC

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#3 posted 737 days ago

these are gorgeous sam

some don’t like walnut in boards

but how much of the board
does one actually eat

especially in end grain

well done

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#4 posted 737 days ago

that’s a really great idea, it looks brilliant!

-- ''if you don't know what it does... don't f*** about with it'' - Ivan Hill, my grand farther

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#5 posted 737 days ago

That’s some awsome effect!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 737 days ago


I try not to eat the boards after I make them. But I probably have eaten a whole board’s worth of shavings making this table…good thing I am not allergic to nuts…or at least not the kind you eat :)

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#7 posted 737 days ago

Good attention to grain orientation… well done… I do like the little one at the front in the 4th photo too…

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

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#8 posted 737 days ago

@ degoose it was your beginner class (which I never did get around to actually making that board!) that made me really start to pay attention to the grain orientation and go through that auditioning process. Its funny how sometimes the way you are thinking you will do it while you are creating the subunits, does not actually turn out to be the way you end up doing it :)

The little one in front is just a cherry, maple and purpleheart board made from scraps from some other project…

-- "It is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat everything as if it were a nail." -Abraham Maslow

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#9 posted 737 days ago

Wowzer those are some cool boards.

-- Custom furniture

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#10 posted 736 days ago

Wow!! Those are gorgeous!!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#11 posted 735 days ago

Very eye-catching boards. I like the contrast of heartwood vs sapwood as well as grain direction. The second pix looks like an x-ray of something (to me at least !)

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#12 posted 727 days ago

very nice !I have a question for you have any problems with finding straight walnut sapwood ?? I do and wondered if this common to sapwood from walnut..after going through a pile ,Im only able to use approximately 25% out an entire pile of wood…hate to go elsewhere, this lumberyard I go to has been very good to me and my Dad for over 20 years….I would appreciate your thoughts on this,thanks

-- the dumbest question is the one you dont ask !!

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