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Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 09-11-2014 02:13 PM 2027 views 21 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s our thing.

My wife and I are empty nesters, and it’s very normal for us to reach a Friday night, her not wanting to cook after a stressful week … and dinner becomes cheese & crackers.

She loves using the cheese boards I made her for Christmas (thank goodness) as well as the small wooden bowls for crackers, but she had been after me to make a server that combines the two. So, when Woodsmith published the plans for such a server (issue # 214), I was all over it. A trip to the lumber yard to get some 6/4 cherry, and I was off.

I ended up making 3x with Walnut end grain cutting boards, 2x with Maple end grains, and 1x with Walnut edge grain. The Walnut edge grain is my wife’s favorite; she doesn’t like end grain much for some reason.

The pieces turned out well, in the end, but I didn’t like the design after I had made this group of 6 servers.

The double cove routing on the end is interesting, but then the cutting away of the non-tray and subsequent clean-up of the under curve was my least favorite part of the project. Next time, I’ll do it another way. The inner cove cut for the crackers is fine … but I’ll probably make it a bit larger next time. My favorite crackers (which have a larger diameter than a Ritz cracker) don’t fit well.

I ignored the instructions on how to do the cutting board inserts, and simply made end grain cutting boards the normal way, and cut them to shape.

There’s a “making of” photo essay showing my process, here.

Comments, criticisms & cheap hardwood in Southern California always welcome!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com





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#1 posted 09-11-2014 02:46 PM

Very nice! I like the inset cutting board.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-11-2014 04:21 PM

Nice idea. Great job in those. Congratulations

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#3 posted 09-11-2014 07:35 PM

Really like how you did that. Well done.

-- -Todd

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#4 posted 09-11-2014 08:33 PM

Every year for Christmas I make a project for all the ladies in the family. When I saw this project in wordsmith, I knew it would be a good one. Nice job, thanks for the help

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#5 posted 09-11-2014 09:40 PM

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#6 posted 09-12-2014 12:08 AM

Great looking cheese & cracker tray! I’m off to check out your photos!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 09-12-2014 01:08 AM

Very nice Henry! I love projects that can “get done” and “show off”...these qualify. I really like the first pic and I have no intention of showing it to my wife…:)

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 09-12-2014 03:47 AM

Thanks, everyone. This was an interesting project to build, though I don’t plan on repeating the plan as designed. If I get motivated to tweak the design and make it my own, you’ll be one of the first to know when it shows up here!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#9 posted 09-12-2014 06:05 AM

That is really cool and absolutely love it. Great job

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#10 posted 09-12-2014 10:54 AM

Henry As usual you outdid yourself I have looked at that plan since it came out and after my craft seaon is over this year I will be trying that one Great Job

-- woodnutbob

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#11 posted 09-12-2014 04:48 PM

Nice and elegant tray!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#12 posted 09-12-2014 04:59 PM

Very nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 09-13-2014 12:40 PM

For some reason I can not seem to find that on the Woodsmith website. They only go to episode 213 and not 214. I am looking for some Christmas gift ideas and thought that would be a good one. But nice job on yous, looks really good.

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#14 posted 09-13-2014 02:09 PM

Thanks for all of the kind comments.

Wade, this project hasn’t appeared on the TV show, to my knowledge. It was featured in the printed magazine. Old school.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com

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#15 posted 09-14-2014 12:21 AM

Since I know I have at least a dozen family members to make these for, I invested in the 2” round nose bit instead of cove cutting. I had also already decided to make the end grain the traditional way instead of piecemeal the way the magazine suggested. Any other suggestions Henry?

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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