Purple Heart cutting board

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Project by daves1 posted 03-21-2014 02:20 PM 2006 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had a friend request a cutting board made from Purple Heart so I tried. This is one of a kind because PH is just too hard to sand. It is end grain and is edged in Walnut. It is 16×19 x 1-5/8 thick. Pictures do not do it justice.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 02:32 PM

Big boy. Nice work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 04:45 PM

If sanding hardwoods like that is a pain for you, there are a few other options. Low angle plane, an inexpensive Stanley 60 1/2 and hand scrapers. Both will make short work of end grain. How ever there is a learning curve for setting up the plane and scraper. Using the plane is fairly easy and simple, the learning the angle and right amount of flex for the scraper takes about 30 min and then you will be an expert with it.

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 05:48 PM

End grain sanding is a pain. It takes me many passes through the drum sander with 60 grit to get everything flat. You learn to be very careful with the alignment during glue up.
I see in your projects you have made a number of other nice cutting boards.
I have experienced wood movement problems using purple heart in cutting boards. Let us know how it works out for you.

-- Les B, Oregon

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Greg D

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#4 posted 03-22-2014 02:47 AM

Flattening with a router jig & bowl bit is how I do my end grain boards. Beautiful indeed.

-- Greg D, Cen. CA, "Keep it on the Level, Do it Right the First Time!"

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#5 posted 03-22-2014 11:10 AM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions.

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