Cutting boards - never make another mistake - EVER!

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Forum topic by Betsy posted 160 days ago 1045 views 2 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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160 days ago

So I’ve got your attention.I apologize in advance for my lack of photographic genius and even more for my lack of editing abilities. I get frustrated with trying to edit, etc. hence I don’t do much posting with pictures….

In the last year I’ve made a lot of cutting boards and have sold quite a few along the way. I very seldom throw scrap away and by golly make no mistakes – really.

In reality – not all my boards turn out the way I intend but I don’t lament their passing – I make a change and move on.

Let me elaborate with a couple of examples.

Quite a few of us have tried our hands at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd generation cheeseboards that are going around the site. ( I’m sorry if the link does not work – can’t seem to get that dang blue line to show up. So I’ve done a few and have done pretty well. However, this is not an entry about the successes – rather about never making a mistake!

So you make a few and you realize your little corners don’t line up and you get all flustered and bothered about it. What do you do? Take those nasty little critters and make a different pattern. Such as this… (yes the photo sucks – can’t figure out how to crop the darn thing)

so you see I took the pieces and simply turned them around——I made them fit and made a tiny profit on this little guy. What could have been kindling turned into money made.

Then another fix.

Put two of the pieces together and add slices between the pairs. With the slices you can hide the imperfection.

So no mistakes.

So lots of ways to fix those boards that don’t quite match up to our expectations.

Have fun

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#1 posted 160 days ago

There are no mistakes- only design modifications!
I really like your modifications!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 160 days ago

Great saves and great tips/ideas.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 160 days ago

You know you are getting good when you can make something out of a mistake. Good job. But the customer never needs to know!

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#4 posted 159 days ago

Good on you for having a go…and being able to take a oh oh and make it cool…

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ For lovers of all things timber...

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#5 posted 159 days ago

Thanks for posting. These are some pretty fantastic saves. Seems to me like they never were mistakes to begin with but just extra steps along the way!

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Steve Kreins

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#6 posted 159 days ago

I love your boards. My Dad would always tell my Mom in a loud frustrated voice, “Maggie! I’m NOT lost! Just taking the scenic route!”

-- I thank God for everything, especially all of you!

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#7 posted 159 days ago

Thanks all. My friends have encouraged me to do a few small markets so I’ve bern making some easy boards. Despite being easy, still make “mistakes”. As lumber is both precious and expensive I try to remedy those little isdues. :-)

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#8 posted 158 days ago

Thank you for posting. Really like your cutting boards.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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