FREE Brazilian Cherry End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Scott Oldre posted 06-12-2011 03:43 PM 6184 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This board is the result of scavaging a couple of beat up pallets from Lum Liq. They didn’t look like the rest of the pallets and when I spied the cut end grain I knew what I’d found. Jatoba or Brazilian Cherry. Hard stuff but burns the same when cutting on the tablesaw with an underpowered Sears contractor tablesaw. The wife didn’t look thrilled to see me come home with these ugly pallets hanging off the back of the pickup, but I told her they’d disappear in less than an hour. Which they did. a lot of the whiteboard on the top was actually Jatoba sapwood and it was spalted, so I saved that too and am in the process of making clocks out of that.

17 1/4” L x 10 1/2” W x 1 3/4” tall, plus 1 1/2” tall cocobolo bun feet which was a good excuse to play on the lathe. My wife had requested the bun feet, which were not as easy to duplicate as the previous boards feet. Running out of counter space (she’s got three now)

This one is salad bowl finish for the board itself and EEE+Mylands friction polish for the legs.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#1 posted 06-12-2011 04:08 PM

Nice save on the wood.

I also like your pattern for the board.

Did you put anything on the bottom of the bun feet, such as cork or rubber or anything so that it doesn’t slide around on the countertop?

-- 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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#2 posted 06-12-2011 05:14 PM

Great save and sweet board design. The feet look nice from here…any close-ups of them ?
Looking forward to the Spalted clocks : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 06-12-2011 05:39 PM

One of the nicer boards I’ve seen on here from someone only 30 minutes down the road! Beautiful board.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#4 posted 06-12-2011 06:31 PM

Beautiful wood…..great salvage….only caution I might add is to make sure nothing caustic or poisonous was stacked on the pallets…..I have used pallet wood for lots of small items….I have found some beautiful stuff being used as pallet wood (even some birdseye maple).

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#5 posted 06-12-2011 06:34 PM

Stunningly beautiful.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#6 posted 06-12-2011 07:09 PM

Amazing find from a pallet.

-- Chuck

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#7 posted 06-12-2011 07:32 PM

Beautiful board!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-13-2011 01:38 AM

amazing board! very nice pattern.

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#9 posted 06-13-2011 02:30 PM

I guess I need to check the old pallet pile at the shop ;) This one Gorgeous cutting board!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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