|Project by BreakingBoardom||posted 04-08-2011 07:19 PM||1707 views||4 times favorited||12 comments|
So, about a month ago I finished a cutting board (LVDT) for a house warming gift for my old neighbors who bought a house around the corner. I didn’t get a chance to take any pictures cause I finished it last minute, but it was basically identical to this one. I took that board into work to show a coworker and my boss walked by and saw it. He liked it and asked if I was taking orders. At first I thought he was joking but then he said his wife’s birthday was coming up. I said yes of course. So we went over specifics on what he wanted and I started working. It was a little more nerve racking though knowing someone was going to pay me money for it. In the past I had just sanded my boards as flat as I could with a belt sander and ROS and the feet I put on them helped level them a bit if they were slightly off. He didn’t want feet though so I needed it to be dead flat so it wouldn’t wobble on his counter. So, as you can see in the last picture, I made a quick router flattening jig out of some scrap maple to get it flat before sanding. I also used some melamine to make a gluing jig to help keep the board flat and square while gluing, which helped a lot. Anyway, I routed some finger recesses on the bottom and then finished with about 4 or 5 coats of mineral oil, followed by a couple coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner. Overall size is about 12” x 12” x 1-1/2” and it’s made from walnut and maple again. All questions and comments welcome. Thanks.
Oh, and I delivered it this week and I basically charged the cost of material plus maybe $10 for my labor since it was the first thing I ever sold. My boss liked it so much he gave me $25 more than the price I gave him. That kind of gesture gives you such a good feeling. Knowing someone liked what you made so much they were willing to pay more then you asked for it.
-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/