There are the strips for the latest two end grain boards I’ve been working on. Craft show season is upon us again, and my wife and I are tooling up for a big push now that the weather is nice enough that I can get out in the shop without frostbite setting in.
I’ve been cranking out a bunch of smaller boards, plus a few of what I consider average size… roughly 10×12x1.25” or so…
I’ve done ‘enough’ simple boards now that it has become very easy to do. I recently brought a friend in to the shop and taught him about how to make a Wood Whisperer style glue, plane, flip etc… end grain board. Naturally enough that triggered a re-assessment of the process. I had to ‘think’ about the steps involved in order to explain them to him. I’m sure he got a lot out of the lessons, and we had a good couple of saturday afternoons together.
Partly because of the big push, but also because of the mentor role, I’ve been reworking how I make the boards. I’ve streamlined many of the steps, and refocused on how to do them safely and efficiently. I hope that I’ve managed to share the ‘right’ way to do them with my buddy. I know I’ve improved how I do things out in the shop.
I’ve got ‘enough’ stock on hand at the moment that once I wrap the current batch of boards, I want to shift into making a few other things… setting up my wolverine under my grinder and trying my hand at turning, finishing the router table I have sitting in pieces under one of my benches, that sort of thing.
I know one other thing that will happen, I’ve got a bucket full of scraps and cut offs, so I’ll be trimming them down a bit, and then making some more scrap or cheese sized boards: here’s an example (still needs to be oiled, but it should pop once I get that put on)
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