Starting My Business #3: and I am milling, and I am milling, milling, and milling

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Blog entry by ChrisCrafts posted 08-06-2011 09:19 AM 1438 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: What do you do with your Wood Shavings?? Part 3 of Starting My Business series Part 4: Climatized »

In my never ending quest to make 250 end grain cutting boards, I find myself milling quite a bit of stock.

Attempting to keep some sort of order in the manufacturing process. I have cut most the boards down to 1”- 3” strips anywhere from 2’-4’ long. I then glue like strips together. So far I have 6 of laminated boards. Later on, once I laminated all of my stock, I will begin the crosscutting and re-laminating process. Then all the boards will take a dip in Walnut oil. Then I will buff them out with some wax so they will be nice for show.

Below are some pictures of the stock I have milled. All of this and I haven’t even touched the 300 BF of Madrone I just picked up.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#1 posted 08-06-2011 11:02 AM

I feel your pain… I carve laminated gunstocks, so my shop is a progression of logs, stacks of air drying lumber, stacks of dried lumber, blanks cut into 1”, 1/2”, and 1/4” strips, glued up blanks and finished stocks. I need a bigger shop!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-06-2011 01:50 PM

I wish you well on your vensure…. What a cach of wood, Wow!! Looks like some great turning spindles in there ;)

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#3 posted 08-06-2011 02:51 PM

Chris, looking good. You might want to reconsider the Walnut oil. Too many folks have nut allergies and that could result in decreased sales. Mineral oil and wax (especially beeswax) might be a better alternative. Best wishes. Larry

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"

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#4 posted 08-06-2011 02:56 PM

Wow! Now I understand why you asked what to do with your wood shavings!!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 08-06-2011 05:39 PM

Yep, I fill a 55 gallon bag with wood shavings at least once a week.

I did a great deal of research and testing and Mineral Oil & Wax are far inferior to the method I use. I am not going to make an inferior product to satisfy a very small percentage of potential customers. Almost all of the boards contain walnut wood anyway so that will eliminate all of the people who are hyper sensitive about nuts. One thing I have learned in life is not to shape my life choices around the current beliefs of the “Mob”. The “Mob” used to mix Iodine with Mineral Oil and sit in the sun for hours, while smoking cigarettes, attempting to get a deep dark tan.

For rational folks, I can let them know that the walnut oil I use has been purified through a triple boiling process which eliminates 99.9% of the allergens in Walnut Oil. So the odds are very low of an issue arising from contact with hardened walnut oil. I am not gonna even try to educate those who have already made up their minds. I try to limit the time spent banging my head against the wall. My literature will clearly state that my products contain walnut oil and/or walnut wood.

If you disagree that is your right. But please respect my right to my opinions, however wrong or misguided you believe them to be. I have no desire to get into a debate with anyone on this site. I am simply using my blog to share my experiences.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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#6 posted 08-07-2011 04:26 AM

Very nice Chris, That is alot of milling and glue ups! Dont forget to watch the hydro’s tomorrow at seafair.

-- Ty, Up in Washington

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#7 posted 08-22-2011 12:33 PM

You seem to have researched your choices… well done… and have fun with the milling…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#8 posted 08-22-2011 01:37 PM

It’s quite a site to see all of those different woods. Good luck on your boards.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 08-22-2011 02:15 PM

The day that it all ships out will feel great.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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