|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 09-16-2014 02:06 PM||1085 views||1 time favorited||3 comments|
I was playing. It’s good to do that.
The first 3 pictures are all end grain boards that I glued up originally to be a part of the cheese & cracker servers ... but I (purposefully) made too many for the servers, so I had leftovers.
So I played.
All 3 are thin end grain boards – too thin (7/8” thick) to be considered a cutting board, I think, unless you are just wanting to slice an onion. These would never be confused with a “chopping block.” Sizes vary from 7” – 9” wide and 9” – 12” long. Hard maple + black walnut.
The 4th picture is my first inlay. Not entirely happy with it, as asymmetry will always be a visual challenge for me. But, the wife likes it. Go figure. I’m wrong, of course. Black walnut + hard maple & yellowheart.
The last picture is a commissioned hard maple end grain board. While I was playing, I also completed a couple of these, 16” x 20”. The customer could have had anything … she wanted the classic. And, the classic she got … as it required me to go buy more lumber. Love it when that happens.
All boards get routed handholds and non-skid rubber feet with stainless screws. Finish is mineral oil, with a beeswax/mineral oil topcoat (see a pattern here?).
At our first craft fair of the fall, none of these sold. I am always OK with that. I get a few more days to enjoy looking at them and consider the design choices I made, the stock I used … I put creativity into every board. It’s good to play, and it’s good to remember the pleasure gained from the placement of perfectly figured stock into a little 8” x 10” assembly.
Not everyone appreciates the introspective side of woodworking, but it’s one of the things I enjoy about being in the shop.
Comments, criticisms and cheap hardwood in Southern California always welcome!
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com