|Project by mtkate||posted 07-03-2010 04:44 PM||2644 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
Ever since I saw these platter handles in the Lee Valley Tools catalog – I wanted to try them however I wanted to wait until I had a few cutting boards under my belt.
Recently when I was shopping the catalog, I noticed that the bull was going to be discontinued so I quickly ordered two of them (one for a gift, and one for me). Beware – they are prone to scratch as they are pewter but I find them very cool. While I was there, I picked up some painter’s pyramids. They are FANTASTIC. I can’t believe I did not spend the $10 sooner in my life.
Boards are all maple. The top a simple board, made longer and shaped to the handles. This one is a gift. I hand carved a groove in the back so that it can be hung up if wanted. The bottom board is butcher block, about 1.25 ” thick. I did not shape to the handles (did not want to risk blocks falling off). This one is for ME!!!! Both finished with a ton of mineral oil applied at least twice a day over a week and topped with a paraffin wax and mineral oil heated mixture that I applied several times over two days.
The first board – I decided to make it long because I could not get the Texan longhorns out of my head. Wouldn’t it be cool if someone produced platter handles with longhorn cattle? Maybe it exists already.
If anyone is thinking of doing this – suggestion it to make your board at least 1” thick to give yourself a lot of play for the holes/countersinking you need to do. The first board is not as thick so I barely made it, but I made it. Also, no matter what you do the platter does not lie completely flat against the board (ie. there are gaps). This is to let you know in case you expected this and are disappointed.
Two at a time now…. am I catching up to Larry? I am at risk of being productive!