Cherry and Maple bookmatched (sort of) Cutting Board

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Project by CharlesA posted 06-25-2013 02:39 PM 1824 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first project I’ve posted. It’s not nearly as sophisticated as most of what is posted here.

I saw a bookmatched grain cutting board so I decided to try one myself out of maple and cherry. It was a lot quicker to make than an edge grain, but won’t be as durable. Kind of a fun project and pretty quick to make.

The darker contrast opened up when I split the piece of Maple—uniformly light color on the outside. If I had better technique, the two halves would matched more closely—maybe next time. The Cherry has darkened a good bit over the last week.

I just added a pic that shows what the wood looks like now.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 06-25-2013 03:29 PM

Turned out very well… Are the pics dry? Imagine some mineral oil would really bring out the woods character and the contrast between the cherry and maple… Thanks for sharing, and welcome to LJs…

-- Dan

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#2 posted 06-25-2013 03:37 PM

This camera shot makes it look a little lighter than it is. I used General Finishes Salad Bowl finish, and it is a bit darker now, although I followed advice that I got to make the finish very thin. I’ll see if I can get a better shot.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#3 posted 06-25-2013 04:23 PM

That is just beautiful ! The Cherry will continue to darken over time with exposure to sunlight and give even more contrast to the project . Nice job : )

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#4 posted 06-25-2013 04:40 PM

Great job

Welcome to LumberJocks

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#5 posted 06-25-2013 05:48 PM

Nice cutting board..beautiful grain pattern…well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 06-28-2013 01:56 PM

Like the pretty grains and colors on wood. Great work!

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 03:10 PM

from all cutting boards I have seen this one has the most interesting wood design. Nice!

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions

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#8 posted 07-08-2014 02:24 AM

Hey….you’ve got my attention. Nice job. Woodworking is a progress in time. Keep up the good work!!!!

-- Donald Baty

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