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I made this board as a thank you gift for a very dear friend. Her father and uncle cut down a family farm walnut tree decades ago and had the lumber milled, stacked and air-dried just sitting there. She knew of my love of hardwoods and woodworking and loaded it all up on a trailer and dropped it off at my house. I wanted the very first project to go to her as a thank-you gift that would also serve as a constant reminder of her father and the farm.

I loved the burled walnut with the contrasting lighter sapwood and was able to highlight it by book matching two of the boards. The 1/4" curved splines are three strips of 1/12" maple. The finished size is 12.5"x18"x7/8" with a chamfered edge.

I used a Fibonacci Gauge to lay out the working dimensions of the board and spline amplitude, as well as the spline orientation.

The finish is Watco Butcher Block Oil followed by two coats of hand-buffed USP food grade mineral oil, blended with Carnauba wax and beeswax.

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Beautiful job Mike!
I have some walnut I've been carting around for many years (Daddy got it from his judge buddy when I was 16 and I'm 67 now!). Daddy used to carve crosses as gifts and when he got too old to work anymore he made sure I got all his wood. He's been gone for almost 10 years so it's kind of nice to have reminders of him in my shop…

Mike
 

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Mike, 50 years… wow! You can personally relate to my friend's story.

Thanks for sharing your story!
Beautiful job Mike!
I have some walnut I ve been carting around for many years (Daddy got it from his judge buddy when I was 16 and I m 67 now!). Daddy used to carve crosses as gifts and when he got too old to work anymore he made sure I got all his wood. He s been gone for almost 10 years so it s kind of nice to have reminders of him in my shop…

Mike

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Beautiful Board, Mike.
 

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Thanks oldrivers! I don't know how much time I just spent gazing at the mesmerizing grain. It was almost iridescent.

Beautiful Board, Mike.

- oldrivers
 

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Very pleasing look, Mike, Nice work on it!!

Cheers, Jim
 

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Beautiful piece of walnut, beautiful work, and a great friend.
 

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Thanks Ron! I was almost ecstatic when I saw the burl and hoped that I could do it justice. I even put a brand new set of blades on the planer to minimize tear out.
Beautiful piece of walnut, beautiful work, and a great friend.

- Ron Stewart
 

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Absolutely gorgeous!

A fitting tribute to your friend and her family.
 

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Beautiful job Mike! I never thought of book matching a cutting board! Very excellent idea with amazing results. Walnut with sapwood is among my favorites.
 

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Thanks AJ. I hadn't thought about it either until I saw this burl and knew that's what was called for.
Beautiful job Mike! I never thought of book matching a cutting board! Very excellent idea with amazing results. Walnut with sapwood is among my favorites.

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Great looking board.
 

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what a very beautiful piece of walnut wood ….... then with your added splines ....... makes it a perfect gift GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3
 

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Thanks Tony! It was an awesome piece of walnut.
what a very beautiful piece of walnut wood ….... then with your added splines ....... makes it a perfect gift GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

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