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I am looking for suggestions as to “dressing up” this Plain Jane board (and matching cheese board).
I made this rock maple – walnut cutting board for a lady who wanted a “Real Plain Jane (my term) board. I showed her many photos of boards that I had made and also boards that others had made, attempting to make her understand she did not have to get such a plain board.
But, she was adamant that something like this was what she wanted. She had brought in a little drawing and we both agreed the proportions were wrong, so we talked about that. Then, very happily, she left the shop under the totally (mis) taken impression I knew “Just What She Wanted. I actually do think this is either exactly (or real close) to what she wanted as far as design and we had already settled on Walnut and “some” white board strips.
Frankly, I just cannot bear having this boring board leave my shop looking this plain. She didn’t want a blood groove, she did not want a paddle-style board……….this is what she wanted.
Well, I just cannot see me rounding off all the edges, putting in the finger pick-ups, recessing holes in the bottom for gluing-screwing feet into it, getting it oiled and sending it off.
Now, obviously I can’t go crazy with some basic feature changes of the board(s) but I do have one idea that I actually really like, but would very much appreciate any other ideas that will give the lady what she wants, but still make the boards more interesting.
My only idea is to run a fairly aggressive chamfer along the top-sides. ½” into the top and ½ down the sides. I saw a board on here a while back with that feature and I really liked that look, but did not “favorite” it like I should have. Anyone know where that board is on here? It would easy enough to do on the table saw………..and I think the lady would think the chamfer a “lovely” way to finish the board.
I had some good scraps from this and other boards, so I made her a matching cheese board to go along with the cutting board. I do that a lot, and everyone who gets one is thrilled. ”Never saw or heard of such a thing”. Big brownie points. I had enough scrap for two, so I simply made two. This lady will get one and now I will have the other ready as a nice gift for some last-minute event. They go together so fast when all the set-ups are ready in place.
I almost always make the bigger glue-up about 8 inches longer than called for. I do this so that I end up with a cheese slicing board already to cut off and finish….. with very little extra work. Some designs I like better for this than others. This is an example of a cheese slicer that I do not particularly care for. I like the cheese boards to “run” WITH the grain, not “against” the grain, as this one does, but that is dictated by the running grain of the cutting board.
But it will more than suffice as a present for someone I don’t particularly care for. My wife has tons of friends, with a lot of them spending a lot of time here. Thank God for my Cave and my Shop.
I like little private jokes…. jokes that are for me only.
Occasionally I will give one of these “unsavory” friends a “mis-matched” cheeseboard ………… like the one I DO NOT like in these pictures. Talk about a win-win-win. My wife will say “Now THAT was a REALLY nice thing for you to do. I didn’t think you particularly liked her”. I can immediately go into my “whatever gave you that idea?......routine. And from then on, both my wife and this “woman” think I am just the best guy in the world. That little game I play really does crack me up.
So, back on topic:
Any VERY simple ideas for “dressing up these Plain Jane cutting and cheese boards?