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Thread: New butcher block-- crazy board

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    Curiosity questions... One of the comments I've read about bamboo boards is that the immense amount of glued joins is hard on knife edges (in addition to bamboo being hard on it's own and not a good material anyway). When you have a highly patterned board of proper cutting board wood, is the large volume of glued joints also harder on edges then something with larger pieces?

    Also, when using woods of different hardness, is there any noticeable difference in wear of the softer blocks vs the harder ones?


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    I can answer that for John.

    Bamboo is much harder and the amount of glues and resins used in the manufacture of those boards will be tough on the good edges the posters here strive for. What is not known is the type and quality of the glues used for bamboo. The Oriental makers simply don't follow the same techniques we do here in the states. John uses a cross-linked polymer type 3 glue which when dried isn't as hard are other polymer glues which is why it is water-proof. All glues simply aren't the same.

    The boards in question here, mosaic with small pieces, do use a lot more glue that traditional brick patterned boards but the type of glue used will not pose the same amount of potential problems to the good edges.

    As for uneven wear on the blocks, I believe that would be more evident on boards with larger blocks. With the smaller pieces used in the mosaic boards the knife edges will stay on the harder pieces and not be able to ride deeply into any softer pieces. And with the edges the posters here use, those scary sharp edges will do less damage/wear on the wood due to the lessened force required for cutting.

    Hope this helps.

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    Thanks David, I was wondering the same thing as strumke. Appreciated!

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    What are the dimensions of the mosaic board one the fist page of this thread. What is the minimum thickness required for an end grain board such as this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by buckeye View Post
    What are the dimensions of the mosaic board one the fist page of this thread. What is the minimum thickness required for an end grain board such as this?
    Hi Buckeye, these are almost always made to order. I've never had one in stock for more than a few minutes. So we can make whatever you'd like. As with our other boards, we generally go 2" thick or thicker.

    Having said that, I actually just finished a 14 X 18 in a walnut base. It's gorgeous, and available.

    I also just got a custom order for our first mosiac board (I've gotta quit calling these crazy boards) using cherry as a base wood. Looking forward to seeing how that comes out.
    John Loftis
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Loftis View Post
    Due to the labor involved, I don't plan on carrying these as regular items. I've gotten 2 orders for them in the last couple days, so I can add a third if you'd like. Feel free to e-mail me at theboardsmith1@gmail.com if you are interested.

    Thanks much!
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    It does look like a ton of work but the results are beautiful.

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    This board is just simply stunning display of craftsmanship. I am just curious, is it possible to submit the order for a board like this one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Loftis View Post
    Hi Buckeye, these are almost always made to order. I've never had one in stock for more than a few minutes. So we can make whatever you'd like. As with our other boards, we generally go 2" thick or thicker.

    Having said that, I actually just finished a 14 X 18 in a walnut base. It's gorgeous, and available.

    I also just got a custom order for our first mosiac board (I've gotta quit calling these crazy boards) using cherry as a base wood. Looking forward to seeing how that comes out.
    Do you have any pictures of the cherry based mosiac board?

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    My New BoardSmith Board

    I cannot recommend BoardSmith boards more highly. I recently received a walnut board. Its a beautiful, very high quality product. In fact, I just ordered a mosaic (crazy) board from John. I told my wife we needed one for proteins and one for fruits and veggies, she went for it! Customer service was top notch. Thank you John.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lans8939 View Post
    I cannot recommend BoardSmith boards more highly. I recently received a walnut board. Its a beautiful, very high quality product. In fact, I just ordered a mosaic (crazy) board from John. I told my wife we needed one for proteins and one for fruits and veggies, she went for it! Customer service was top notch. Thank you John.

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    Thanks so much!!! Really appreciate the kind words.

    John Loftis
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    cell: 469-387-8581

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