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Forum topic by Don Broussard posted 521 days ago 771 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Don Broussard

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521 days ago

My Mom (early 80s) loves crossword puzzles. She does them every day and she is one of THOSE people who use an ink pen to complete the puzzles. I am thinking about making her a crossword puzzle cutting board. I would like some ideas on minimum size of each individual letter box in the puzzle. I am thinking 1/2” minimum, which would mean gluing up hundreds of individual pieces in some order to create a proper crossword puzzle look. Also, with that large number of glued surfaces, do I need to take special precautions for wood movement? Finally, and ideas on what wood species would make a nice looking contrast for the light and dark squares? Thanks in advance for your advice.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!


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Wdwerker

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#1 posted 521 days ago

Walnut and maple are probably the most common light and dark combo. Holly is a nice bright white wood.
Wenge is nice and dark, ebony has gotten very expensive.
If you have a decent hardwood dealer take a look at a stack of poplar, some boards may have dark purple to black areas. Poplar is cheap and easy to work , not super hard for cutting on but the grain is tight enough.
You could glue up long sticks into letter shapes and then slice off what you need.

-- Fine Custom Woodwork since 1978

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#2 posted 521 days ago

@Wdwerker—I like the maple/walnut combination. I also have some purple heart that I might use for the dark squares. Maybe poplar and purple heart? Thanks for the suggestion about gluing up a long stick and slice as needed. My initial idea was to make a blank board, but not you’ve got me thinking about making a completed crossword puzzle—if I do that, I would probably burn the letters in their places.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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