|Project by derosa||posted 09-15-2012 05:45 AM||1271 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
I recently decided to make a batch of cutting boards for gifts and to sell, these are some of them. The wavy cutting board had a slightly larger twin that a friend wanted to buy to give as a wedding gift, that would be my first sale. Besides these I made a matched pair of end grain cutting boards in a woven style with cherry and maple, they went too fast to get a pic as wedding gifts.
Moving through the singles,
1. Applewood, maple, purpleheart and padauk. The apple tree was cut down by me, sliced at a local mill and dried in my shop. Despite being 1.25” thick it took only 4.5 months to dry to 9% moisture content. The 3” is down to 13%, had virtually no checking at all.
2&3 are cherry, maple, padauk and purpleheart. The cherry was from mill cast offs that a friend collected; he’d helped with the stacking so they gave him a stack of seconds and after drying them in his barn for 4 years he passed them to me. The maple in both boards is from a pallet runner. Picked one up that would have been used to haul copper, aluminum, or brass; different cuts produced different effects and I liked the results either way. I figured with the one since the cherry was so straight grained that a wavy/curly maple would break the straightness up while the other having a more curly cherry the ripple effect would stand out better.
4. More of the same cherry. The oak was taken from the floor of a 100+ year old hunting lodge that was built with 2” thick oak beams pegged to the joists. Lots of planing to get to the center area but nice results. This is much heavier and denser oak then anything I’ve bought at the local mill. Thought this would make for an interesting grain orientation.
Let me know what you think on wood selection and grain patterns.
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse