Bread & Oil Boards

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Project by ellen35 posted 1258 days ago 2622 views 46 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,
This is a new idea I came up with for the holiday season. I actually have 6 but these 4 are representative of them all. These are boards with small ramekins in them to be used for bread & oil or bread & butter or what-have-you. A personal thanks to Dustbunny for the wavy board as she helped me make the jig and to moonls for always being around to help and advise.
Each board is 4.5 to 6 inches wide and 17-18 inches long. All have store bought handles that I thought looked interesting with the woods. All are finished in mineral oil and have cork backing.
The boards… the first single is a piece of maple heartwood from good old Home Despot! I love looking through their short boards for interesting patterns and this was certainly one! The second one is another HD wood find with a few bird’s eyes in the maple and a purple heart stripe. I particularly liked these handles as they added interest to an otherwise plain board. The third pic is a piece of holly with zebrawood in the center and tiete rosewood (a gift from Dustbunny) on the sides. Finally, the fourth one is chontiquero and walnut in the now familiar wavy pattern.
Everyone who has seen them seems to like the idea and it is something different for a holiday gift.
Any thoughts on improving them are gratefully accepted!
Thanks for looking.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#1 posted 1258 days ago

Love the wood combinations. Also the choice of hardware compliments nicely! Thanks for sharing!

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 1258 days ago

Ellen those are soo nice.
They just ooze style.
The colour combinations are just perfect.

They have a Zen flair.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 1258 days ago

Boy O Boy, your stuff just keeps getting better and better Ellen !
I love every one of those.

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 1258 days ago

Beautiful boards, Ellen. Anyone would love to receive one of these for a gift! I love the combination you used on the woods too. Just lovely!


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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Mary Anne

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#5 posted 1258 days ago

Great idea, Ellen. One of those would look great on any table! I love the handles and that you have made a specific handle choice for each board. It adds another level of variety and personalization. An alternative would be to make sets of smaller boards so each individual could have their own little baguette and bowl of oil.

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#6 posted 1258 days ago

Nice dipping trays Ellen !
These came out really nice.
I like the handle selection you chose.
Glad you found a use for the rosewood, it is pretty finished.
These will go like hotcakes at the artisans fair : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#7 posted 1258 days ago


I just love these.

And it really does feel like a niche product—like one I’ve never seen for sale, before, hand-crafted.

Don’t get too attached to them. I don’t think you’ll have them for very long :-)

-- -- Neil

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 1258 days ago

I had to come back and look again, Full Size.

They are just too beautiful.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 1258 days ago

What a COOL idea, Ellen!!

Looks like this may be part of my next Christmas’s projects!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 1258 days ago

i can picture a loaf of french bread on there with some garlic butter …and boy do i love bread…these are a very nice gift to give or just to buy for one self…i love the wood combo’s and the handles are very sheik…you did an outstanding job….grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#11 posted 1258 days ago

Lovely job, Ellen! Love the way these came out and any recipient who doesn’t ooh and aah over it, pretend to or actually take it away! ;-)

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#12 posted 1258 days ago

These are beautiful Ellen.


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#13 posted 1258 days ago

Great job Ellen! The finish you applied really brings out the beauty of the wood. And the handles makes the style complete. I too think they’ll sell quickly at the Fair!

-- Lorna, Cape Cod

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#14 posted 1258 days ago

Hi Ellen, you are so creative. I love the bread and oil boards that is an excellent idea…. I too love bread so much so that I taught my self to make it.
If you are selling these at the Artisan’s Fair, make sure you have enough they will sell very quickly, something associated with food is always good.

Thanks for sharing Ellen.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#15 posted 1258 days ago

Well you certainly have come a long way… and I am sure you have much further to go…This is what the site is about… sharing and caring…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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