This is as "live edge" as I get

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Project by lumberjoe posted 11-27-2013 04:26 PM 5478 views 43 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s no secret I am not a fan of working with live edge material. There is nothing wrong with it and i have a lot of respect for people that do, but it’s just not for me. However this wide piece of figured walnut was too nice to cut up. Had I removed the “live” portion it would have been to short.

Because I am also not a fan of simply cross cutting, planing, sanding and finishing a piece of lumber, I decided to add some detail. I cut some of the plan sections out of the walnut and added some spalted birch. In addition I added some intersecting stripes of purpleheart, birch, and padauk. This was sanded to 600 grit, oiled with mineral oil then treated with a special wax mixture my wife makes.

I love the figure on this walnut and it’s one of my favorite cutting boards!

-- Unplugged Woodworkers -

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#1 posted 11-27-2013 04:33 PM

Love the way you laid down the ribbon of wood. Very well done

-- Ron Campbell

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#2 posted 11-27-2013 05:19 PM

Very cool.

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#3 posted 11-27-2013 06:45 PM

Wow, The work of the natural creator beside the work of man. Both beautifull in their own way.Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 07:10 PM

Gorgeous use of woods! I really like that you used the woods natural beauty along with some nice accents as opposed to simply relying on one or the other. Bravo. You keeping it? Better question: You using it?

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 07:40 PM

Love it !!

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 07:48 PM

This is one beautiful board… Great work and thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 07:59 PM

Thanks everyone. I like the way this one came out.

Greg, this is going to a good home

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#8 posted 11-27-2013 08:19 PM

Nice looking board with a little extra character leaving the natural edge .
Especially like the way you did the ribbon ,there is a nice continuous flow on both of them without the usual part missing .

-- Kiefer 松

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#9 posted 11-27-2013 08:58 PM

That thing is sweet.

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#10 posted 11-27-2013 08:59 PM

Very nice, ribbon is too.

-- What one man can do, another man can also do.

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#11 posted 11-27-2013 09:20 PM

Very nice design.
The ribbons and walnut crotch make this special.


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#12 posted 11-27-2013 09:35 PM

Wowzer that is an amazing design great job Joe.

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#13 posted 11-27-2013 09:47 PM

Very nice cutting board….really like the ribbons you added.

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

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#14 posted 11-27-2013 10:01 PM

I like those live ribbons a lot better than live edges ;-) Nice work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#15 posted 11-27-2013 10:02 PM

Beautiful walnut !....Great design and always great work from you and your wife

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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