My wife's Purple Heart & Rock Maple cutting boards got put on hold when we decided to make some for a friend's wedding present. Theirs were made out of Black Walnut & Rock Maple. Ours are finally almost complete, I have 5 coats of finish on them so far. I use 50/50 Salad Bowl finish & mineral spirits as recommended by the Wood Whisper. She loves the purple heart and they blend in well with our White Wash Maple cabinets in the kitchen.