Exotic Wood Cutting Boards

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Project by Rory79 posted 01-14-2018 12:40 PM 3705 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long time reader, first time poster to Lumberjocks.

As an amateur woodworker, it’s hard to beat the level of satisfaction from the creation of something as simple as cutting boards. Here are two of my latest examples made from paduak, lacewood, canary, ash, maple, walnut, cherry, and pau amarillo. Finish is mineral oil and wax. Is there a prize for most number of species of wood used in a single cutting board? Perhaps I went overboard with the variety of species but I like the unique look as I haven’t seen many that are similar.

This is also the first time I got to use my new custom branding iron! I went over various designs for months before finally deciding on the clown fish (Nemo) outline. This is appropriate as my workshop currently occupies my garage and shares the space with a reef aquarium complete with clown fish.

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#1 posted 01-14-2018 01:05 PM

Outstanding colours.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 01-14-2018 01:09 PM

Beautiful woods and great work.
I don’t know if you sell them or give them away, (or keep them all), but I have had a lot of trouble selling the one or two that I put feet on. They were both beautiful, but as an example, this Christmas season, I sold about a dozen in one gallery, but the doggone ones with feet just sits there, even heavily discounted. The gallery manager, it was her suggestion, and I’ll never put feet on a cutting board again.

Otherwise, great boards, and I also like your logo! I have to get mine updated since I don’t build guitars anymore.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#3 posted 01-14-2018 01:48 PM

beautiful boards

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#4 posted 01-14-2018 03:16 PM

very nice looking boards

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#5 posted 01-14-2018 04:24 PM

Welcome to Ljs Enjoy!
Those are some amazing looking cutting boards.


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#6 posted 01-14-2018 06:57 PM

These are beautiful cutting boards, congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#7 posted 01-14-2018 09:50 PM

Wow! Your color variations and end grain alignment are fantastic. Well done.

-- Dale

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#8 posted 01-15-2018 04:46 AM

Have to agree with the others, nice colours!!!!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#9 posted 01-15-2018 02:14 PM

Very nice! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#10 posted 01-15-2018 03:32 PM

Those woods just glow in the sunlight, very cool!

The rubber feet, although very functional, always gave me the “cheap” vibe when used on big boards. It is important to keep the board elevated off of wet counters since water is very hard on boards and will warp them. Rounded dowels inserted as peg feet give a more refined look and work just as good (large boards don’t usually slide around on counters which is where rubber feet help out)

The brand is also very professional looking! How come your reef was exiled into the garage? Seems kind of lonely…

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#11 posted 01-16-2018 01:45 AM

Great job, Rory!

FWIW, I put rubber feet on almost all of the boards I make – and sell – so I am surprised by the tenor of the feedback you’ve received here. My clients LOVE the rubber feet. Maybe it’s a regional thing … but I can definitely tell you that my wife, who is quite accomplished in the kitchen, swears by her board with the non-skid rubber feet held on with stainless steel screws for long life.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#12 posted 01-16-2018 06:45 PM

Thanks for all the comments. As for usability, I’ve found I like the rubber feet as without them the board tends to move too easily when in use. The problem I’ve encountered however is that most people feel that my boards are too nice to actually use and end up more as a decorative item. I’ve only ever made these boards as gifts and never sold one, so in essence, people get what I give em’, rubber feet and all :).

As for the reef tank sharing valuable garage space, a few years ago I moved into a small beach house built in the 1930’s with the living space all on the second floor above the garage. My reef tank weighs about 2000 lbs or more filled with water and rock, and I’m not about to trust the floor in this place.

I’m contemplating making a few boards to put on Etsy or some other site to make a few bucks to help offset the cost of shop equipment. I really could use a new planer, these endgrain boards really put my bench top model through its paces. Or perhaps a drum sander. I was thinking the price of similar cutting boards would be about $150 or so.

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#13 posted 01-16-2018 07:19 PM

Who did you use for the branding iron?


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#14 posted 01-16-2018 07:19 PM

Who did you use for the branding iron?


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#15 posted 01-16-2018 09:52 PM

Who did you use for the branding iron?


- AlmostRetired

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