|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 08-21-2014 07:11 AM||1360 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
My latest batch of cutting boards had both end grain and edge grain.
Picture # 1 is Walnut, Hard Maple & Padauk. Great working with the Padauk … but I’m now out. No more color accents until it goes on sale somewhere!
Picture # 2 is my puzzle board. When I sliced the first glue up to make end grain pieces, I found that the board as presented was a little asymmetrical, so that it would never line up well enough to suit me … so I jumbled the pieces & trimmed the sides to make a total mess of a board. VERY unusual for me, and people seem to like it for that reason. Works for me! Walnut, Hard Maple and Jatoba.
Picture # 3 is simple: Walnut & Hard Maple. Simple is best, I always think.
The original board in picture # 4 was too big after I glued it up, I decided, so I cut it in half to make 2 matched 12”x12” boards. These could be cutting boards, serving boards … the customer will know when they see it. Hard Maple, Padauk, Yellowheart and Walnut.
Part of the process for me is figuring things out as I go … and adjusting the result as needed to fit with what the wood gives me. If I wasn’t flexible, I would never be happy with many of my end results. That may be a comment on my craftsmanship … but it’s my hobby, and I’ll relax my way, thank you.
All boards get all edges rounded over, as well as routed hand holds on each end. Finish is mineral oil, with a mineral oil/beeswax topcoat. Non-skid rubber feet are attached with stainless steel screws.
Comments, criticisms & cheap hardwood in Southern California always welcome.
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com