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Project by bake posted 11-25-2009 07:44 AM 3139 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hard maple and padauk cutting board for the MIL for Christmas. finished with General Finish Salad Bowl Finish and George’s Club Wax.

This is the second board I have done, I routed handles on this one.

The padauk seemed like the finish remained tacky after drying for 3 days but the maple felt hard and slick, so I buffed it out with 0000 steel wool and waxed it. It seems ok now.

I have never used padauk before is this normal? It just did not take the finish very well. Is there anything I can do to improve it in the future?

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#1 posted 11-25-2009 07:54 AM

Beautiful board.
You’re lucky that is all that happened with your Padauk. The last board that I made using Padauk turned almost black after applying my standard Mineral Oil finish to it…I haven’t even posted it yet due to that reason : (
Very disappointing because it was bright orange to start with.

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#2 posted 11-25-2009 11:08 AM

Nice board, I have made about 15 of them. Never used Padauk though. When you used the Salad Bowl Finish did you mix it 50/50 with Mineral Spirits? I found this recommendation by the Wood Whisper to be quite effective. This allows it do dry as well penetrate quicker. Are we looking at the bottom for the router cut outs?
I’m sure she will love it have a great Thanksgiving!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#3 posted 11-25-2009 06:24 PM

Ken, I did not dilute it, I have used it before on a walnut and hard maple cutting board with great results. It just was funny on the padauk.
The cutouts are on the bottom, the main picture is of the bottom of the board.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#4 posted 11-25-2009 08:08 PM

very nice board

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#5 posted 11-25-2009 08:57 PM

Very very beautiful. Great work!

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#6 posted 05-18-2011 03:52 PM

I made 2 sets of boards, walnut and cherry for the first, and paudauk and cherry for the second. I finished both with salad bowl finsih. The beautiful color of the paudauk was maintained, but it definitely stayed sticky longer, (several days) where the walnut was dry in less than 24 hours. I used 3 coats on each set.

I have read and heard that pauduak is a very oily wood, and judging from the shavings that came off the planer on these boards, I would agree. I’m sure that;’s why the finish doesn’t soak in and dry as fast. It is a Beautiful wood though!

Nice looking board!!

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