|Project by Mr M's Woodshop||posted 08-29-2016 08:28 PM||1159 views||2 times favorited||10 comments|
I love to make end grain cutting boards. They are more work, but the results can be spectacular. I limit my inventory, so that means I can only make new ones as old ones sell … and all of these are sold.
At our pop-up craft fairs, I carry boards only up to 16×20x1-1/2 … because I have to carry them to & from the craft fairs that we do (inventory humor! Coming at you!). The first board was a commissioned piece based on another board that I made, but the buyer wanted a 20×24 with extra/larger juice grooves … so that’s what he got.
He has now ordered 2 more boards for other members of his family.
Typically, I put juice grooves on 16×20 boards, but generally do not put grooves on the thinner/smaller boards. And, no matter what I do, somebody will always want something different.
That’s the reason I’m now carrying 150+ pieces to every show I do these days. And, yes, they are displayed in a 10×10 booth.
Photo # 1: Black Walnut, Yellowheart & Hickory
Photo # 2: Purpleheart, Hard Maple & Jatoba
Photo # 3: Black Walnut, Purpleheart, Canarywood & Bloodwood
Photo # 4: Bloodwood & Purpleheart
Photo # 5: There’s nothing like Black Walnut
Photo # 6: This design is a chaos board … meaning the design is not as rigidly symmetrical as my normal offerings. I get Mrs M to help put these together; I glue up 8 or 10 blanks, slice them, and then we go to town putting the pieces together in a pleasing way. These are not made with scrap, and they are very popular with my customers!
Key tools I use to make cutting boards:
- Fastcap 16’ tape measure (2x)
- 6” steel rule
- Sears Craftsman 10” saw with Woodworker II thin kerf blades & a Biesemeyer fence. It’s a bit underpowered … but it cuts straight & square after 10 years of steady use.
- Oneida V3000 dust collector
- Titebond III glue
- Marshalltown 2” rubber seam roller
- Jet 24” parallel face clamps
- Dewalt 735 13” planer
- Jet 16/32 Drum Sander, 80 grit roll
- Rockler router table with a Jessem fence & a Porter Cable 7518 motor
- Festool 5” & 6” ROS with Dust Extractor
- Festool ROS discs through 5 grits: 80, 120, 180, 220, 320
All of my boards normally come with non-skid rubber feet, held on with stainless steel screws. Routed handholds. Finish is mineral oil, with a top coat of mineral oil/locally-harvested beeswax, AKA Board Butter.
Here’s my display at a recent event:
-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA, http://www.MowryJournal.com