Mosaic endgrain boards

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Project by Andrew posted 07-01-2013 03:42 AM 2262 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to use up some scraps to make these. I glued up random widths of scraps – I did this 4 times. Each glue-up was about 12” wide. The thicknesses ranged from about 1/2” to 3/4”, and the lengths varied. I then crosscut all 4 boards into 1.25” wide strips. The last 2 pictures are of the 4 initial glue-ups.

I did the final glue-up like any end grain board, except I randomly picked strips and orientation from the 4 glue-ups. It was certainly not the most efficient way to use scraps, but I sure like how they turned out.

They are 12” x 16” x 1.5” Finished with GF Salad Bowl finish diluted 50%.

Woods used include (I’m sure I am forgetting at least one!)
Maple, Walnut, Cherry, Ash, Oak, Jatoba, Purpleheart, Bloodwood, Sapele, Hickory

Thanks for looking.

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#1 posted 07-01-2013 04:24 AM

Great job !! Very nice , eye-catching mix of colors and shapes. Keep up the good work : )

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#2 posted 07-01-2013 10:22 AM

About how long were each glue-up before you cut them into pieces? I have to do something similar… My scrap bins are overflowing…

I also have to get rid of the end cutoffs by doing a mosaic board…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#3 posted 07-01-2013 11:34 AM

More great cutting boards…good job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#4 posted 07-01-2013 12:16 PM

Very nice. You must have spent as much time gluing as you did cutting!

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#5 posted 07-01-2013 12:17 PM

Now that is impressive. Have you thought about approaching the army for copies of these. These are just like digital camo and that’s amazing. Pretty tough to find any pattern in these. Opposite of what I do, but just as cool.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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#6 posted 07-01-2013 02:19 PM

These are like a finger prints! One of a kind and very interesting to look at. It gets me scratching my head and thinking how did you do that!
Nice job!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#7 posted 07-01-2013 03:46 PM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments,

Freddy – I added an additional picture of the other 3 glue-ups. The first 3 were about 12” long, the last one was about 30”.
Keep in mind, the thicker you want your final board to be, the longer the initial glue-up has to be. You sacrifice length for thickness when doing end grain boards. In my opinion, the thinner the initial boards are, the better the mosaic, because the pieces are smaller. I may try mixing up some larger and smaller ones.

Scott – they do kinda look like camp – but unless you’re trying to cook in combat, what use would these serve the army? :)

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 04:17 PM

:) Very cool design and use for scrap… Agree that the similarity to digital camoflage is striking, makes me curious about making one intentionally as such… Obviously not truely intended for combat but plenty of those who like camo :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#9 posted 07-03-2013 03:34 PM

Came out really cool and pretty cutting boards! Like the attractive wood colors. Well done!

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