A diamond in the rough

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Project by Pdub posted 11-21-2012 01:42 PM 1892 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I stumbled across the diamond in this board by accident. After cutting the pieces for an end grain board, I startedlaying out the pieces and noticed that when I put the corners together it produced a diamond. I had planned on mixing these pieces with another wood but couldn’t do it once I saw the diamond pattern. So now I have a solid cherry cutting board. People think it’s funny because I was so excited about finding this in the wood, but I think it’s really cool. Finish is a mineral oil and bees wax mixture. Thanks for looking. I hope you think it is as cool as I do!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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Rex B

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#1 posted 11-21-2012 01:45 PM

I think it’s cool man! Good job on the cutting board.

-- Rex

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#2 posted 11-21-2012 02:07 PM

“People think its funny … ” To hell with those people, thats awesome! Its like your birthday when you open up a piece of wood and find stuff like that.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#3 posted 11-21-2012 02:49 PM

It’s very cool. I like the diamonds and the arches. This board makes me think of a cathedral. Well Done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#4 posted 11-21-2012 02:59 PM

Not all that glitters is gold. Sometimes, they are diamonds :) :) :)


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#5 posted 11-21-2012 03:02 PM

All I have to say….Beautiful, those are MY kind of diamonds for sure. It’s great when a surprise like this comes along, makes the time and effort really worth it!

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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#6 posted 11-21-2012 03:57 PM

Yep. I’m definitely with you on that.

Nice find :)

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#7 posted 11-21-2012 04:28 PM

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#8 posted 11-21-2012 05:29 PM

Nobody here thinks you’re silly for getting excited over the wood. I probably would have drove to the neighbors to show them!

Nice job, nice find.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 11-21-2012 05:52 PM

Excellent job on this board, great find !!!!

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#10 posted 11-21-2012 08:10 PM

Thanks everyone! @ Dan The arches reminded me of cathedrals also. @ Monte I didn’t drive to the neighbors but I do show anyone that will look at it!

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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#11 posted 11-21-2012 10:00 PM

Great find! Ain’t wood cool?

-- If I can't make it, I probably don't need it.

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#12 posted 11-22-2012 12:05 AM

great looking cb, way too pretty to use

-- Joe, Ga

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#13 posted 11-22-2012 12:08 AM

This is gorgeous! I discovered the “diamond” a while back and was so excited, I went a little crazy (check out these boards and sushi trays.). I started looking for lumber with just a corner of sap wood so that I could create various diamond-type shapes. I think I’ve become obsessed.

Great work, beautiful board!

-- "...a band of small discoveries, strung like pearls on a thread of curiosity, lending richness to our work...." - James Krenov.......

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#14 posted 11-22-2012 01:59 AM

Good eye spotting that diamond. Only a woodworker can get excited by stuff like this.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 11-22-2012 05:20 AM

@ Simeond Your cherry board almost looks like the twin to mine. I’ll start looking for lumber with sapwood in the corner.

-- Paul, North Dakota, USAF Ret.

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