|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 10-14-2014 03:41 PM||2706 views||13 times favorited||20 comments|
All of these newly-built boards sold over the last 3 days of events. Here’s what I’ve learned:
1. The first board was sold through our new drive-by service. One of the event organizers cruised up in their golf cart, said “I’ll take that one,” handed over a credit card, and never got out of the cart as we wrapped the board. That’s fine, but I’m not going to make a drive-through lane, no matter what.
2. The second board, dubbed the zipper, is Hard Maple, Yellowheart, Padauk, Jatoba and Black Walnut. It was made out of 3/4 stock, and finished dimensions are 18″ x 16″ x 1-1/2″. End grain. Not my favorite design, but several people took to it immediately. It’s always good to break out of what you most like … because it’s a big world out there.
3. The third board was created as an option for a wedding present. I thought the fourth board would be chosen and the third was just an after thought. They wanted # 3. Perhaps I should have more afterthoughts.
4. The fourth board is a monster. It’s Hard Maple, Walnut, Yellowheart and Cherry. 22-1/8″ x 14-3/8″ x 1-5/8″. Edge grain. I really like this board, but when that nice young family walked up, talked a bit, and the Dad said “No,” I thought we were done. The Mother then said, “Yes,” and I put the wrapped board in the bottom carrier of her baby stroller. It’s important to smile and communicate with everyone … you never know who the buyer is. And I feel for the Dad. Been there.
5. The fifth board is a design I’ve done a few times: round, with a 20 degree cant on the edge. Round boards are traditional in Chinese kitchens, but less so in western kitchens (the Pioneer Woman is one exception). I’ve now had many people walk up to these boards and assume they’re lazy susans. I haven’t made a lazy susan for years … perhaps it’s time to do another. It’s so bad to disappoint, you see!
6. After too many requests when my inventory of hard maple boards was zero, I made several. Over the last few events, they’ve been prominently displayed … and I haven’t sold one. Perhaps I shouldn’t listen to other people when I’m making new stuff in the shop. (Just don’t tell my wife.)
All boards are finished with routed handholds and non-skid rubber feet attached with stainless steel screws. Finish is mineral oil, with a topcoat of locally-produced beeswax and mineral oil.
Finally, I’m very tired of all of the misinformation that’s out there about cutting boards. I wrote about the questions customers ask me in a series on my blog; please enjoy these articles:
If I can stay out of the shop enough this week, I want to write another article directly addressing the untruths I’ve been told recently. My favorite: the vendor of polyethylene boards telling me her company recommended sanding her plastic boards smooth – up to six times, she said! I was stunned.
Comments, criticisms and cheap hardwood in Southern California are always welcome!
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com