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Project by SwainCustoms posted 08-28-2012 08:19 PM 3215 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Whats good everyone? Just wanted to post some of my new designs on the end grain cutting boards. I tried to focus on grain pattern and patchwork equally, let me know what you think. I’m going to be showing my work off in an artisans market at William Sanoma in the fashion valley mall here in San Diego September 23rd and I’m trying to make boards that have what I hope is a certain elegance and these are what Ive come up with. Hope you enjoy the photos and thanks for the feedback its always helpful.

-- Zach @

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 08:38 PM

Zach…that is a mitey fine cutting board and the grain patters really stand out.. The main problem I see is that is is too darn nice to start cutting on with a knife. If I had one like that I would hang it on the wall as a decoration.

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 09:11 PM

I have to agree with Greg The Box Sculptor. Too nice to cut on. Great job!

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 09:22 PM

Nice!! I am just starting to make end-grain cutting boards, that’s actually how I found this site. Great work & thanks for the inspiration

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 09:25 PM

Very nice boards. I am sure they will sell quick.

My brain would explode trying to lay/configure those patterns. LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 09:39 PM

Very Nice lookin board…...Love the grain pattern and colors..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 11:01 PM

Thank you everyone it brings me joy knowing my work is appreciated by other wood enthusiasts.

-- Zach @

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#7 posted 08-29-2012 12:20 AM

Very cool board. Nice job on the grain matching. Awesome.

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#8 posted 08-29-2012 12:44 AM

I’ve got three sets in the clamps right now, those are inspirational though, well done!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#9 posted 08-29-2012 03:50 AM

These are among the nicest boards I have seen here on LJs. Looking at your website, the prices look very fair. I hope they sell well for you.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#10 posted 08-29-2012 07:56 AM

Well done some nice looking boards!

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

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#11 posted 08-29-2012 10:27 AM

Looks like some of the wood is padauk. I’ve used that in many boards but the end grain always turns very dark with a mineral oil finish. How do you keep the orange coloration?

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#12 posted 08-29-2012 01:01 PM

Are you kidding me. WOW! Great work!

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#13 posted 08-29-2012 02:37 PM

I agree with the other comments, these boards are up there with the best of the best!
Thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 08-29-2012 02:59 PM

Very attractive, properly done cutting board. Thanks for sharing. What did you use to seal it? What woods did you use in this project? Thanks in advance!

-- - In Christ

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#15 posted 08-29-2012 03:02 PM

This certainly is of class and elegance. Well done!

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