I am a Cutting Board Aholic

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Project by johnh1963 posted 05-15-2012 03:11 PM 3228 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi, my name is John and I am a cutting board aholic. About 6 weeks ago i made a cutting board for my wife and over that time that one board multiplied into about 30 boards of various woods and sizes. I can’t remember everyone’s name whom I borrowed (stole) their designs. Once my wife came out and saw all the boards, she suggested i should sell them. I love to work wood but have never sold anything I made, I always just gave it away. So, I gathered up all my “inventory” and headed to a local market day. I had cutting boards, bread boards/serving trays, a few boxes, a couple crosses I carved from stumps and inlaid with turqoise, a bandsaw box, wine balancers, and a few pyramids. It was an enjoyable day. I was surprised how many people asked me if I bought my “product” somewhere else and was only re-selling it. Once they understood I actually made everything I sold, they were very appreciative of the quality and craftsmanship. My prices were fair and only one person asked me to come down on my price, which I didn’t do and they still purchased. This was a great experience and I think I am hooked on making a little money doing something that I truly love to do.

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#1 posted 05-15-2012 03:23 PM

Thanks John,
Admitting that you have a skill and enjoy being productive is the first step to recovery. With a little help we can break you of this affliction and you too will be able to enjoy sitting on a couch for hours aimlessly watching TV while your brain melts just like most other people.
Good luck with your battle.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's "opinion" on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 04:20 PM

6 Weeks and you made 30 cutting boards. Oh man you’ve got it bad. Good luck with you’re recovery. :)

-- - Martin

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#3 posted 05-15-2012 04:31 PM

6 weeks? You are a machine! Congratulations on your new endeavor; I’ll bet it will be very rewarding. Nice boards!


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#4 posted 05-15-2012 08:10 PM

You must have lived in your shop for the last six weeks. 30 boards in 6 weeks….awesome. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#5 posted 05-16-2012 02:59 AM

Great boards, thats some serious work for 6 weeks, good luck with the future sales

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#6 posted 05-16-2012 03:07 AM

I use a credit card reader from when selling photos at our booth at softball/baseball tournaments. Having the ability to take credit cards on site really help boost sales. Just sayin’ :-)

I think you might need one also!

BTW, those boards look great.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#7 posted 05-16-2012 03:21 AM

What a great feeling. You do nice work!

-- I never finish anyth

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#8 posted 05-16-2012 05:38 AM


You are a sawdust machine and must be working very efficiently to be so productive. Get a good tax person and keep track of ALL your expenses and income. You are going to want to buy a wide belt sander soon and that means a cyclone dust collector and good compressor too. Your stuff will sell because it is good work and you are making useful objects, but it is just the start.

-- Big Al in IN

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#9 posted 05-16-2012 08:41 AM

Nice work John. I was wondering if you would share the price range you are asking for your boards in your neck of the woods.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 05-16-2012 11:34 AM

Hi John great stuff. If this is just a hobby brilliant it is starting to pay for it self magic if for a living just brilliant.
Keep up the good work and I wish you all the sucess you deserve. Regards Tamboti ps the boards look great.

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#11 posted 05-16-2012 02:29 PM

Thanks for your comments and suggestions. Since this was my first venture into selling my items, I did not accept credit cards. I have seen the SquareUp and will likely consider it if I keep doing this. I only lost one sell last weekend by not taking a credit card. As for my pricing, even the people buying my boards said I was under priced. I think I am under priced also but I feel the price is fair to me and the consumer. I start with a base price of $60 per square foot for any cutting board. That is my base and then I add to that based depending on the design and I also consider the quality, type, and figure of the wood. Pretty simple math to come up with a price. Multiply the length X the width in inches, divide it by 144 and then multipy it by $60. I then add five to ten bucks if I feel the board has greater quality. Most my boards were priced and sold around $70 to $75. Other items are priced on what I view as artistic value. The small cross on the right side of the picture was priced and sold for $150. Not sure my method is right or wrong but it worked for me. The comsumer got a good board at a fair price and I felt good about what I had made and sold. I am interested to see what others are doing when it comes to pricing. It seems very rare on this site that people will share information about what they sell an item for.

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#12 posted 05-17-2012 01:03 AM

WOW ! I just joined and saw those awesome boards. I need to build a shop

-- LFD3908

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#13 posted 05-18-2012 03:09 AM

How do you get your endgrain boards smooth? I have been making lots of long-grain boards because I can run them through the planer. Any suggestions?

-- Andrew - Albany. NY

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#14 posted 05-18-2012 01:53 PM

i know this is a hot topic but you can run end grain thru your planer. Make sure you take very small bites and understand it will wear your blades in no time. I stopped doing it because of the blades. I am fortunate enough to have a Grizzly 16” drum sander that i picked up on Craig’s List for $300.

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#15 posted 05-20-2012 09:58 AM

Great looking work and you are fair with the price. Many people will say it is low, but in these hard times I know many people are grateful for folks like you.

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