|Project by Karson||posted 03-13-2012 04:21 PM||3116 views||3 times favorited||44 comments|
Many people on LumberJocks have designed and created their cutting boards. And I’ve often thought about making one.
But, I just came into close proximity of my first cutting board.
This was made over 40 years ago. Back in the day when we didn’t care if we had sharp knives hanging off the side where children could reach them.
I had come into possession of around 20,000 Bd Ft of hard rock Maple at the astronomical price of 2 cents per Bd Ft. This wood was sitting in a salvage yard and they had 2 Million Bd ft of this stuff. I had been paying 4 cents a bd ft, until I offered to take an entire stack. He then quoted the price of 2 cents. So I spent the next month moving a 3’ X 3’ X 3’ cube home in the back of my van. Each cube was about 300 Bd FT.
I made a lot of toys that I sold at flee markets and school craft fairs.
But I also made something for the house.
The top is 22” X 22” and the center is 6” thick the outer apron is 9” thick The legs are two laminated pieces 3” x 3” As you can imagine I had to put casters on it.
The finish is what I understood was the finish for the real chopping blocks in Butcher shops at the time and down through history.
The finish is melted paraffin and then ironed in using an my wife’s electric iron. I’ve since bought my own, or she since bought a new one.
We had this cutting board in our home for close to 30 years. My son who is/was a professional chef wanted it in his home, so he took it. He had it for a few years.
He was then moving into an apt in New York City when his wife went in a Medical Fellowship in the city. So the cutting board was inherited by my youngest daughter and her family. They had it for a few years.
Then they were doing some remodeling in their kitchen and floor space came a little tight so it was inherited by my middle daughter and her family and it’s sitting in a 100 Yr old house in Maryland.
We had a birthday party for a couple of my grandchildren and so I had my camera and took a couple of pictures of some of my early woodworking and my ”First” Cutting board.
-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia email@example.com †