|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 09-11-2014 02:13 PM||2103 views||21 times favorited||16 comments|
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