Apple Wood End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Eric_Somerville posted 08-13-2010 09:39 PM 11838 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first atempt a cutting board. Wood is from a crab apple tree from my Grandparent’s back yard. Tree was planted sometime in the 50’s and was cut down last year as it was dying. Unfortunatley it was cut and split into firewood before I could get my hands on it so I only have a selection of smaller pieces. It was only dried for a few months in a make shift solar kiln so I am experiencing some movement after working it. A small crack developed in the last day few days as you can see in the fourth picture. It is finished with 4 coats of mineral oil that I get from the hospital.

-- EDS

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#1 posted 08-13-2010 09:57 PM

Very nice, I love the warm color it has and I assume will get better with age.

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#2 posted 08-13-2010 09:58 PM

Eric, that is lovely. The wood is beautiful, and I would think it is definitely worth setting some aside to air dry for future small projects.

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#3 posted 08-13-2010 10:08 PM

Grain and color are very similar with those of regular apple wood.
I like the warmth of the apple wood.
Looks good.

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#4 posted 08-13-2010 10:24 PM

real nice! I love apple wood.

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#5 posted 08-13-2010 10:39 PM

Yeah, I’d save the rest and let it dry for a year. It’s beautiful, makes me think I should try and grab some real apple wood from my inlaws some time.

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#6 posted 08-13-2010 10:43 PM

Man I realy like the look of that wood, beautiful job

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#7 posted 08-13-2010 11:34 PM

Beautiful grain and color there.

Hopefully that’ll be the only crack that develops, and at least it’s on an edge piece where you won’t really be cutting. Are you going to fill the crack? You could always cut that piece out and put another one in its place.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#8 posted 08-14-2010 01:12 AM

Very warm looking wood, nice project!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#9 posted 08-14-2010 02:33 AM

You might try some CA glue and clamps to close that crack, then sand it back down and re cover it with MO. Worth a try.

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#10 posted 08-14-2010 02:42 AM

I love the color and grain.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#11 posted 08-14-2010 02:59 AM

The apple wood is gorgeous. I have wanted to get my hands on some for quite a while but the only chance I had, the seller wanted $65 per boardfoot – way out of my league!!! I think it would make a beautiful box, especially if it had as pretty a hue as does your cutting board. I’ve read that drying apple is very problematic; it splits and distorts pretty badly during the drying process. Where I lived as a child, we had many apple trees on a quarry hill behind our house – guess I should have cut some down and saved it but kids don’t look ahead like that.


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#12 posted 08-14-2010 12:11 PM

Nice board sorry to hear about the crack. the Wood Whisper had a video on how to fix this that you might be interested in.

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

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#13 posted 08-14-2010 12:25 PM

Bartlett Pear looks and works very much like apple wood. It’s also available more often. I’ve got two small logs that were cut into slabs last year and one more log that’s ready to saw. They were 4’ long and one of them was 20” thick.

Superglue and clamps should close your crack, but if the wood shrank away to make the gap, the best way to make the wood sound is to fill the crack with glue and fine sawdust from your project, then sand flush. Your crack will almost be invisible.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#14 posted 08-15-2010 02:02 AM

Thanks for all the comments. The project brought a lot of happiness to my grandparents which was the main reason for this. My grandfather is also a wood worker so he was happy to see the craft being carried on.

The crack formed from shrinkage as this wood is still drying. What type of glue would be best to mix with sawdust?

-- EDS

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