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08-12-2020 07:33 PM

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Hey folks,

First cutting boards i’ve made and i’m pretty thrilled with how they’re coming out. There’s two boards with Spalted Ambrosia Maple (plus cherry and walnut stripes) and one cherry board (with walnut stripes). Know these aren’t too fancy – I’m still working my way up to an end grain board – but still pretty proud! The Spalted Ambrosia Maple was a surprise to me – picked up a board marked “maple” at the mill for $6, and was so pleasantly surprised by its chaotic, colorful appearance.

Any tips and tricks on ways to spruce these up would be super appreciated.
Thanks everyone!
Noah

-- - Noah


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#1 posted 08-12-2020 07:46 PM

one thing you could add is a juice groove and put on some rubber feet.otherwise the wood is beautiful so id let it speak for itself.welcome to lj’s.

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#2 posted 08-12-2020 08:22 PM

You may want to look at the cheese slicer inserts you can screw down. The flat boards are great for that! Hopefully sealed the wood well? As the spalting is really mold/fungus?

Something like
https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-cheese-slicer-kit-black-large

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#3 posted 08-12-2020 08:25 PM

Hey Pottz – smart thinking and thanks for the feedback. I’ve experimented with doing the juice grooves, but wasnt sure how it’d look on these, so opted against it. Do you think it’d make them look more finished?

And i’ve got these feet coming in the mail! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MBN4WSR/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_H.enFbVRADMZ0

-- - Noah

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#4 posted 08-12-2020 08:27 PM

SMP – I’ve never seen that before! What a cool idea, and a very fun gift. I imagine they’re a pain to clean though. And i went with mineral oil for a few coats and then Howard’s conditioner. It didnt occur to me to seal it any other way, but you raise a good point. I’ll have to do some more research, but i have a hunch that the mold/fungus is probably innocuous.

EDIT: Maybe these boards will be more charcuterie boards than cutting (even though they feel pretty hard). Either way – it’s not toxic fortunately: https://www.woodmagazine.com/wood-supplies/wood-figure/is-spalted-maple-food-safe

-- - Noah

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#5 posted 08-12-2020 09:52 PM

as far as the groove it depends on it’s use,for meat or as a serving charcuterie board.the rubber feet are what ive always used from amazon,just decide what size you like.for cheese slicers go to (cheeseslicing.com) thats where ive got mine in the past,5.95 each and you can also get replacement wires.the great thing about cutting boards is you get to use up all your scraps and make great gifts.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#6 posted 08-12-2020 10:21 PM

I think for charcuterie a nice touch is a cool wooden “legs”. IMO looks more craftsman made than rubber feet. Especially if its sliding dovetailed in. Like Mike Pekovich would do.

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#7 posted 08-13-2020 12:34 AM

oooops. double tap

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#8 posted 08-13-2020 12:34 AM

What are you seeing that makes you think there is Ambrosia?

I’m not seeing any black dots where the beetle traveled, just some faint black grain lines from mild Spalt.

Ambrosia Maple. In the piece below the 2 left marks have the beetle track, the 2 to the right the tracks were cut off, but you can still see the bloom from where they passed through.

Mildly spalted maple.

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#9 posted 08-13-2020 02:18 AM

Pottz – appreciate the site recco and the wooden leg tip. Definitely will have to try both! Youre right – such kind gifts for folks.

Steve – if you look at the photo wtih the deconstructed board, you make out some of the small black, beetle holes. It’s definitely Ambrosia.

Just picked up a 12’x11’’ board this afternoon from the mill for $60! Gonna get a head start on holiday gifts.

-- - Noah

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