Maple/Purpleheart Cutting Boards

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Project by JoeRPhilly posted 11-19-2013 03:22 PM 1512 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Nothing new here, just wanted to get them posted. I made a bunch of these for Christmas presents in 2012. I got the wife to help with the glue ups and add our names with the wood burner. This was a fun project and everyone seemed to love them, and as far as I know , they’re still together :)

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#1 posted 11-19-2013 04:10 PM

they look great, i’m about to make my own soon. Can i ask what the dimensions are and how’d you go about flattening them?

-- John Gray

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#2 posted 11-19-2013 04:29 PM

These look great. Love the contrasting of the wood.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 11-19-2013 04:37 PM

nice boards Joe I love maple and purple heart together

-- Cosmicturner

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#4 posted 11-19-2013 05:37 PM

Thanks guys! I think they ended up about 12”X16”, not too big, but good enough for most things, and that keeps the weight down a bit.

To flatten them, ugh, not easy. I used a belt sander, then I did a whole lot of sanding with a random orbit sander, maybe a little bit with a block plane too. The ROS hardly seemed to do anything at all, at least not with my patience. I tried for a while with it, but there were a lot of scratch and swirl marks still visible, but I had to just move on and remember it’s a cutting board, and would soon be scratched much more.

That was before I had a card scraper, which I think would have really helped. I’d probably do the belt sander again if needed, but then go to a low angle block plane and/or card scraper for final smoothing.

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#5 posted 11-19-2013 06:16 PM

Thanks Joe, i don’t have a low angle block plane, i have a standard one i could try as well as a card scraper. Thanks again they look great

-- John Gray

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#6 posted 11-20-2013 05:16 AM

Great looking boards. I am one of the few that have not tried cutting many other projects I guess…but I do have a ton of scrap pieces put away for them. Wouldn’t running them thought a planer work to help to make them flat?

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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