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Project by don1960 posted 11-20-2013 10:03 PM 2130 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one is made from strips of Purpleheart sandwiched between Maple (may be Ash, I’m not entirely sure, as I had a piece of each about that size), and Cherry. the more I think about it, I think it was Ash.

Not exactly steam bending the purpleheart, as I don’t have anything to do that with, so I soaked the strips in the bathtub in hot water for a couple hours. :-) Then clamped it all together and let it dry for a couple days. The strips mostly held their shape, but not entirely.

Glued it up with Titebond III and lots of clamping pressure for another couple days to make sure the glue was good and cured. since it didn’t come apart and smack me in the face when i took the clamps off, I guess it worked :-)

Finished with mineral oil and beeswax. Final dimensions are about 18” x 12” by 1.5” thick.

-- -- Don from PA

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#1 posted 11-20-2013 10:22 PM

So…the outside two pieces are glued, then the thin pieces were soaked in hot water? Did you keep the water hot, or just one full hot tub full? then clamped for a couple days…then glued when dried? wow! Can you do this with any type of wood? I have a bunch of scraps of cherry and maple…thinking maybe this would be a fun project! Tite Bond is your recommendation?

-- Thankful! Former woodworker turned wife and momma, tip toeing back into the hobby.

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#2 posted 11-21-2013 12:13 AM

Cool. Interesting process.

-- jroot

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#3 posted 11-21-2013 01:02 AM

Nice board Don. Like the wood combination.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 11-21-2013 01:46 AM

thriftychick, I started with the water hot, but really just left it go and it cooled off eventually. I did have to put a brick on top of the strips to keep them underwater. I’m sure if you can keep the wood hot while it’s soaking, it would be much easier to bend and hold it’s shape. Purpleheart does not like to bend, even at less than 1/4” thick.

I glued everything together at the same time, in one setup.

As far as using any type of wood, I don’t have enough experience to know what wood works well and what doesn’t.

As far as the glue, Titebond III is the only glue I use. It’s considered waterproof, at least as far as that type of glue can get, so I use it even if I don’t have to worry about water. Makes it easier just having one glue to work with. It hasn’t failed me yet. (well, there was that board that cracked, but it was only after my daughter-in-law put it in the dishwasher multiple times, and even then it held up for almost a year. )

-- -- Don from PA

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#5 posted 11-21-2013 10:15 AM

Very nice cutting board Don, Purple heart always adds colour to a project…great job.

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

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#6 posted 11-21-2013 02:08 PM

Well done,,,, boards can be addicting

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

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#7 posted 11-26-2013 02:47 PM

It looks great, like the attractive wood combo and those purple heart strips make great accents. Well done!

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