End Grain Cutting Board with a New Found Perspective of only Dark Wood

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Project by Dominic posted 01-21-2012 10:49 PM 9332 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had a customer order a board with only Jatoba and Walnut, I happily said sure thing while I thought to myself how dark and boring that would be. I was so worried about it at the time I had to make an extra board with lots of Rock Maple bits in it to feel better about the whole thing. Wow was I wrong! It came out great in the end and I expect to make a handful in the near future.

Also tried out a Beeswax finish instead of Salad Bowl. It smells a whole lot better and really makes them shine.

Thanks for looking and your comments and constructive criticism are always welcomed.


-- Dominic

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 11:09 PM

Dominic; I really like the rock maple with the two darker woods, it highlights the pattern. When I make my CB’s, I seal the board with salad bowl finish. I have a small crockpot with a mineral oil/beeswax mixture with a 12×18 piece of cotton t-shirt soaking until hot. I then place the soaked cloth on the CB and leave overnight. I then wipe and buff with a clean cloth. You are right, it does smell and feel better.The customers always comment on this finish. one last comment; the Jatoba is very hard compared to the other two woods, did you find it harder to sand the overall board smooth.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#2 posted 01-21-2012 11:25 PM

@ Don – The Jatoba was great to work with. I use a Forrest Woodworker II table saw blade that I keep as clean as possible, leaving the Jatoba to need little sanding in comparison to the Walnut. Thanks for the tips on using Beeswax

-- Dominic

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#3 posted 01-21-2012 11:44 PM

That’s one fine looking cutting board nice work.


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#4 posted 01-21-2012 11:53 PM

That’s Two fine looking cutting boards! And I agree, the subtlety of the two darker woods together is very attractive. Well done!


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#5 posted 01-22-2012 12:59 AM

The fine pattern makes this board. If it had larger sections it would be too busy for me.

I’ve always used salAd bowl or butcher block. 3 coats of thinned paint, hand rubbed and sanded between. I get a great finish that feels very smooth. I believe how the board feels is as important as the look?

-- Phil Zoeller louisville, KY

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 05:24 AM

Both boards look great. I like the one with the maple the best, mainly because of the contrast.

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#7 posted 01-22-2012 05:37 AM

Both are nice but I like the first much more than the second. The second is just too dark for my taste, where the first uses the maple to perfection in highlighting the the other two dark woods.


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#8 posted 01-22-2012 06:02 AM

Very striking and the maple makes it so! Great decision to use it!!!!!!

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

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#9 posted 01-22-2012 06:50 PM

@ Philzoel – I sand the boards to 220, finish. Then sand to 320, finish. Then sand to 400, finish. Then synthetic 0000 wool, Mineroil/beeswax finish. They are nice and smooth. Just enough to keep the veggies still while chopping but finished enough to keep the grain in check after light washing.

-- Dominic

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