My 2nd End Grain CB

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Project by Woz posted 03-13-2013 01:39 PM 4901 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made with Goncalo Alves, Zebra & Blood Wood. This is my first attempt at this style, I learned a bunch on this project. Initial glue up is critical to keep the lines crisp & even later. Overall I am pleased with the way this turned out & can’t wait to see the grain pop after I start oiling it down.
-UPDATE- 20 Mar 13-I probably should have let the Red Heart acclimate a bit more after I removed the wax coating-It is heartbreaking that all of the Red Heart pieces have developed cracks in them.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 02:15 PM

Really nice board!

I will bet a few people will state that it’s a tad “busy”, but I really love this board.

Great work on the glue-up – those joints look tight as a drum and everything is lined up nicely – well done!

Thanks for sharing this.


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#2 posted 03-13-2013 02:29 PM

Nice work, the lines look good and that is difficult on a project with some many small parts.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 03:05 PM

Well done insterseting design and colors.

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

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#4 posted 03-13-2013 05:27 PM

It’s very pretty, but my question is..are any of those woods poisonis?


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#5 posted 03-13-2013 05:43 PM

Beautiful board but be careful on wood selection as pointed out by Brad…blood wood and zebra wood may raise red flags…BC

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#6 posted 03-13-2013 08:09 PM

First…that is a beautiful cutting board.
Well.. zebra wood is okay, but I worry about the bloodwood. Not poisonous, but really not good for male sexual health. Most likely you have not used enough wood to leach into food… so this is just an FYI…

The wood is filled with active palodesangrens agents… that bind to the DHT receptor sending more testosterone into the arms of aromatase, leading to an increase in estrogen and effectively causing temporary impotence or sterilization in men.

I know nothing about Goncalo Alves. :)

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#7 posted 03-13-2013 09:01 PM

Thanks for that info , EPJ ! Yikes.

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

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#8 posted 03-13-2013 10:20 PM

All, thanks for the comments! I stand corrected on the “BloodWood”, it is Red Heart. Thanks for that interesting news EPJ-maybe I should not give this to a friend!? This board will be used as a center piece & not in contact with food. I love this sight for all of the knowledge sharing & support!

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#9 posted 03-14-2013 02:05 AM

Nice job! The Red Heart really makes a nice accent. If you are going to use mineral oil, it may darken the board very noticeably instead of popping the grain. If it is not going to be used as a cutting board, you might consider some other finishing method which will produce the visual effect you are looking for.

-- Paul, Auburn, WA

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#10 posted 03-14-2013 11:01 PM

Wow. You have raised the bar in cutting boards.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#11 posted 03-15-2013 02:56 PM

Like the beautiful pattern from the mix of different timbers. Looking good already even without the finish yet. Well done cutting board!

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#12 posted 03-16-2013 12:49 AM

nice board do you know if the red heart will stay red or does it fade with time was thinking of using some if it will hold its red color again very nice board

-- freighttrain,ky

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#13 posted 03-16-2013 01:37 AM

FT, I can tell you that I have a few scraps of Red Heart in my scrap bin that have maintained the deep red color for about 2 yrs-they have not been exposed to any UV light though. The pcs I purchased for this board were 1-1/2” sq & came coated in heavy wax, after removing the wax I immediately began sizing them. Sorry if this doesn’t answer your question, I am sure there is someone here that will know. It is a beautiful red color though!

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