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Burl Source
03-03-2012, 09:09 PM
Now that I am starting to use some good kitchen knives, I figured I needed a better cutting surface.
If you noticed that I didn't call it a cutting board, there is a reason.
I broke some of the primary rules for a well constructed cutting board.
This is a piece of flat sawn Big Leaf Maple.
A flat sawn piece is more prone to warpage vs any other way of cutting.
I am curious if it will stay flat with a little common sense care.
Looks kind of pretty and it won't damage the knives so it works for me.

http://i901.photobucket.com/albums/ac219/burlsource/feb12/33009.jpg

My boss walked by when I was finishing the oiling.
He wanted the board to sell in the gallery.
He got the last one so I said no way. This one is for me.

Chifunda
03-03-2012, 09:29 PM
If you haven't already I'd be sure to put some sort of non slip feet on it so air can circulate underneath. Otherwise you might wind up with a big leaf potato chip.

Mighty pretty though! :thumbsup2: Let us know how it holds up.

Burl Source
03-03-2012, 09:32 PM
I plan on storing it on edge when not in use.
Might have to make a little stand.

My thinking was by using properly dried wood and not abusing it, that it should hold up just fine.
But....... there is a real good chance I will be proven wrong.
I am guessing that a few of you are chuckling to yourselves right now.

SpikeC
03-03-2012, 09:54 PM
*chuckle chuckle*

Johnny.B.Good
03-03-2012, 10:14 PM
It certainly is pretty.

Whether it will work long term, I have no idea.

SpikeC
03-03-2012, 10:28 PM
I glue wine corks onto the bottom corners of side grain boards and it minimizes warpage.

Johnny.B.Good
03-03-2012, 10:30 PM
I glue wine corks onto the bottom corners of side grain boards and it minimizes warpage.

Because they absorb liquid from above/below?

SpikeC
03-03-2012, 10:46 PM
Just because they elevate the board to allow air circulation.

tk59
03-03-2012, 11:45 PM
Cool looking board, Mark! Can't wait to see if it survives.

mano
03-04-2012, 03:07 AM
spike, could you post a photo of the cork feet? What type of glue?

El Pescador
03-04-2012, 03:13 AM
I want one.

Chifunda
03-04-2012, 09:38 AM
I glue wine corks onto the bottom corners of side grain boards and it minimizes warpage.

Another option is 3/4" (diameter) vinyl bumper pads from your local hardware store. Ace Hardware product number 5182381.

I've been using them for almost a year now with good results. As a side benefit, they are non skid.

SpikeC
03-04-2012, 05:22 PM
spike, could you post a photo of the cork feet? What type of glue?

I just slice them in half lengthwise and use household rubber cement to attach them. They also add some shock absorption for when a bit of chopping is in order!