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Had some scrap maple and sapele laying around and needed a christmas gift for the office gift exchange… Have to love the old wood worker standard of giving away cutting boards! The maple is rather hard michigan born and should hold up to the worst my coworker can throw at it.

Oh and yes… I know… I took a chance framing it up with wood running the other direction. It's a calculated risk though. You'll notice the edges are not mitered… so if the maple does expand the worst it will do (hopefully) is cause some gaps in where those pieces connect without them actually popping off completely. Chances are it will sit unused and look pretty though so I'm not terribly concerned. Though I will say if anyone else plans on building one and framing it up like this, be aware that it could happen.

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Looks great. Maybe next time try a half-lap joint that is pinned with a hardwood dowel?
 

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A few years ago when i was still a newbie, i made a chess board out of solid mahogany and maple. Wrapped it with mahogany and mitered the corners. The board is still good with no splits. I used biscuits at the corners. I think i tongue and grooved the perimeter also. If i built that chess board today i would use cabnet grade ply. Obviously we should consider wood movement in design, but as long as that board is dry and its in a stable inviroment they might not have any issues. Its hard to go wrong with malple.
 
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