Mike - Padauk is an African wood. You can look it up in Google and see it variation in color and get info on it's workability.
Rose - thanks.
Jon - thanks for the concern. Whenever i cut anything in my basement shop i wear a 3M N95 Particulate Respirator. I went through 2 of them with this board due to the dust primarily from the routing.
Jesse - I've seen these videos before and was impressed by how much work goes into the patterned end grain boards. The sequence of steps is similar to what i do on my edge grain boards but my glue ups are much less complicated. One of the things that holds me back from doing end grain boards is the final milling. I don't have a drum sander and i'm afraid that my thickness planner will tear out the end grain. For the time being I'm continuing to learn how to make the edge grain boards in different shapes, sizes and patterns. Yesterday, I decided to make coasters to go along with the cheese board. They will be oval and the wood pattern will be complimentary to the cheese board.