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Project by Dusty56 posted 11-28-2013 09:53 PM 3436 views 3 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The newlyweds were married last month and I’m just getting around to posting one of the gifts that I gave to them.
They were quite pleased with their gift and I hope that they are making good use of it : )
This board is a change for me as I usually only make run of the mill flat grain boards. Although this is still flat grain, I finally got brave enough to chop it into smaller sections and glue it back together again. As you can see in the first picture, it was going to be a rectangular board, but “stuff” happens and the last photo is the end result. I used TBIII instead of my usual TBII on this one. It seemed to accentuate the cross grain glue lines as it seems to dry darker than TBII does, especially when gluing Maple.
I used Maple, Tiger Maple , Honduran Rosewood, and Cherry. The Cherry was used after re-ripping the cross grain glue lines in order to “disguise” them. In the end, I think they added to the piece : )
I wasn’t thrilled with how dark the Tiger Maple became after oiling it, but others thought it looked fine.
I used a Beeswax and Mineral Oil finish on it after first applying several coats of plain Mineral Oil to the board.
The beeswax finish left a nice sheen on the board without being oily to the touch.
Interested in your comments and critiques as always. Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving to all : )

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

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#1 posted 11-28-2013 10:05 PM

What a great board.

Cutting and cheese boards have become our wedding present of choice.

Love the shape. A lot.

THE BOSS wants one that same basic shape (for the cutting part) and also have an 8” x 2.5’ “handle”.........all cut from the same piece. She has an old one that shape she really likes (also the “handle has a 1” hole in it) so she can hang it with the pots and pans).

She also wants a juice groove, which I have never done before on any of my boards, but I am thinking a nice mdf template double stuck to the cutting board and then use the router table with a pattern bit to make that happen …............. easy peasy.,

Really nice build.

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#2 posted 11-28-2013 10:05 PM

Super, compliments.

-- The common man thinks. The wise man is silent. The stupid man discusses.

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#3 posted 11-28-2013 10:10 PM

Good looking board… nice use of complimentary timber and a good shape.

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#4 posted 11-28-2013 10:51 PM

Your well though out workmanship turned out well as usual! The board look great and would compliment any kitchen!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours my friend!
We are spending our in the NC cold. But the company is warm and great!

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

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#5 posted 11-28-2013 11:30 PM

This is a beauty! Love the woods used and the way you set them up. The oval result turned out great!

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#6 posted 11-29-2013 12:15 AM

Stunning board, Dusty. Nice going!!
TBIII is darker and better to use on cutting boards because it is waterproof. TBII is just water resistant and cutting boards get pretty wet sometimes!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 11-29-2013 12:42 AM

Hi Dusty. It is a nice configuration. Now a question, what is the full name of TB111 as I am not familiar with this. Also some info that may interest you. I have been using Grape seed oil on all food preparation surfaces for many years now. This was a change from other oils that can go rancid etc. I did this based on advice from the Government Health Dept in Australia. It still buffs to a nice sheen, but does take longer to dry. You can still use the beeswax on it as well. It is also great for the client as they can refurbish themselves.

-- George Coles,

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#8 posted 11-29-2013 12:51 AM

Dusty; you have designed a wonderful wedding gift. The wood and shape make it special.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#9 posted 11-29-2013 01:36 AM

This is one beautiful board. Wish I was getting married.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#10 posted 11-29-2013 02:22 AM

That is good looking board. Well designed, it should serve well for many years.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 11-29-2013 02:29 AM

Beautiful work, Dusty. I avoid these types of projects as they seem like they would be too fussy to glue up. I may have to give this a try.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#12 posted 11-29-2013 03:12 AM

That is awesome!!!! I need to get my scraps together and build one of these for fun!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 11-29-2013 03:17 AM

Very nice. The thin cross strips add a lot to the design.

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

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#14 posted 11-29-2013 07:47 AM

Another beauty Dusty. hope your doing well.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#15 posted 11-29-2013 05:03 PM

Thats pretty cool Dusty….great project sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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