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Book-matched Burled Walnut Charcuterie Board with Maple Spline

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Project by mdzehr posted 10-20-2020 04:09 AM 1350 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this board as a thank you gift for a very dear friend. Her father and uncle cut down a family farm walnut tree decades ago and had the lumber milled, stacked and air-dried just sitting there. She knew of my love of hardwoods and woodworking and loaded it all up on a trailer and dropped it off at my house. I wanted the very first project to go to her as a thank-you gift that would also serve as a constant reminder of her father and the farm.

I loved the burled walnut with the contrasting lighter sapwood and was able to highlight it by book matching two of the boards. The 1/4” curved splines are three strips of 1/12” maple. The finished size is 12.5”x18”x7/8” with a chamfered edge.

I used a Fibonacci Gauge to lay out the working dimensions of the board and spline amplitude, as well as the spline orientation.

The finish is Watco Butcher Block Oil followed by two coats of hand-buffed USP food grade mineral oil, blended with Carnauba wax and beeswax.

-- Mike, Lancaster PA





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mikeacg

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#1 posted 10-20-2020 10:47 AM

Beautiful job Mike!
I have some walnut I’ve been carting around for many years (Daddy got it from his judge buddy when I was 16 and I’m 67 now!). Daddy used to carve crosses as gifts and when he got too old to work anymore he made sure I got all his wood. He’s been gone for almost 10 years so it’s kind of nice to have reminders of him in my shop…

Mike

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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mdzehr

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#2 posted 10-20-2020 10:54 AM

Mike, 50 years… wow! You can personally relate to my friend’s story.

Thanks for sharing your story!


Beautiful job Mike!
I have some walnut I ve been carting around for many years (Daddy got it from his judge buddy when I was 16 and I m 67 now!). Daddy used to carve crosses as gifts and when he got too old to work anymore he made sure I got all his wood. He s been gone for almost 10 years so it s kind of nice to have reminders of him in my shop…

Mike

- mikeacg


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 10-20-2020 11:50 AM

Beautiful Board, Mike.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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mdzehr

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#4 posted 10-20-2020 11:54 AM

Thanks oldrivers! I don’t know how much time I just spent gazing at the mesmerizing grain. It was almost iridescent.


Beautiful Board, Mike.

- oldrivers


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-20-2020 12:49 PM

Very pleasing look, Mike, Nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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mdzehr

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#6 posted 10-20-2020 12:50 PM

Thanks Jim!

Very pleasing look, Mike, Nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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Ron Stewart

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#7 posted 10-20-2020 01:38 PM

Beautiful piece of walnut, beautiful work, and a great friend.

-- Ron Stewart

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mdzehr

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#8 posted 10-20-2020 01:43 PM

Thanks Ron! I was almost ecstatic when I saw the burl and hoped that I could do it justice. I even put a brand new set of blades on the planer to minimize tear out.


Beautiful piece of walnut, beautiful work, and a great friend.

- Ron Stewart


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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lew

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#9 posted 10-20-2020 02:50 PM

Absolutely gorgeous!

A fitting tribute to your friend and her family.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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mdzehr

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#10 posted 10-20-2020 02:52 PM

Thanks Lew


Absolutely gorgeous!

A fitting tribute to your friend and her family.

- lew


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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therealSteveN

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#11 posted 10-20-2020 11:49 PM

Nice board, awesome gift.

-- Think safe, be safe

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mdzehr

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#12 posted 10-20-2020 11:51 PM

Thanks Steve.


Nice board, awesome gift.

- therealSteveN


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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AJ1104

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#13 posted 10-21-2020 12:39 AM

Beautiful job Mike! I never thought of book matching a cutting board! Very excellent idea with amazing results. Walnut with sapwood is among my favorites.

-- AJ

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mdzehr

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#14 posted 10-21-2020 12:43 AM

Thanks AJ. I hadn’t thought about it either until I saw this burl and knew that’s what was called for.


Beautiful job Mike! I never thought of book matching a cutting board! Very excellent idea with amazing results. Walnut with sapwood is among my favorites.

- AJ1104


-- Mike, Lancaster PA

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v442

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#15 posted 10-21-2020 01:14 AM

Beautiful Job!!

-- Vernon ~ Yulee, FL ~

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