This cheese board was meant to be put up on my Etsy Store, but it sold at a Farmer’s market before I could upload the pictures. The board is actually a reclaimed cutting board, made from an old maple cutting … Continue reading →
Finally got a few items finished and posted up on Etsy! Back by popular demand is my Kids Flat Pack Plywood Rocking Chair (named “For those who like to Rock!”)suitable for ages 18 months to 5 year olds (for average sized kids). I love this design and plan to make more of these over the summer to keep up with demand. New to the store is the Chunky Monkey, an end grain Pine Cutting board that’s just over 2.25″ thick! There are two versions with slightly different handholds on the ends. Both boards feature rubber feet to help grip the counter as well as a food safe mineral oil finish. Why Pine? Well Pine has some natural anti-bacterial properties that make it perfect for cutting board use, and by making it end grain the soft wood is plenty durable for cutting board use. Boards come with simple maintenance instructions.
52 Create – my weekly creative output for 2011. Shortly before our move, I was trying to use up some of my scrap wood as it wasn’t worth moving it, but I couldn’t bear to throw it away. I offered my brother a cutting board and he gave me the dimensions so it would fit in his kitchen. In the end I had to make it a bit narrower in order to fit through my planer, and I ran out of wood so the length was a tad shorter than planned.
I used walnut and maple for this cutting board. The long narrow strips were a last minute addition as I found an extra piece of maple and was trying to extend the length of the board. I put some rubber feet on the bottom so it wouldn’t slide around on the counter top. The board is coated in food grade mineral oil.
52 Create – my weekly creative output for 2011. While I have already done one cutting board, I really wanted to try a nice and thick one. I searched around the net, and while Pine is a soft wood, apparently it has anti-bacterial properties, which makes it a great idea for food prep. Although it’s soft, because it’s end grain it isn’t so big of an issue. The other thing is it is so much easier to work with than maple and walnut, and incredibly cheap! One piece of pine I used for this board cost $5, walnut or maple would have been $30-40!!!
The other thing I like about Pine is the great end grain pattern. With Maple you really need another contrasting would to give it some interest, whereas Pine is great all on it’s own.
In other news, my end grain hockey stick cutting board sold today on my Etsy site! My 3rd sale, hopefully I get a few more over the summer! I promise next week will not be a cutting board! (although there is one in the pipeline…
52 Create – my weekly creative output for 2011! Well last week I promised something new and exciting this week, and here it is! I was cleaning out my workshop and found a pile of old broken hockey sticks. I never threw them out as I figured I could find a use for them someday, well that day came last week.
This cutting board is made out of 5 hockey sticks that have been laminated together and then planed flat. Due to the variations in construction from different companies, you get a beautiful pattern when it is all assembled. I left the outside edges unfinished to pay homage to the cutting board’s past life. The board is coated in mineral oil, keeping it food safe and looking great for years to come.
This 9×9″ cutting board is already up for sale on my Etsy site, I expect it to go fast as the NHL playoffs finish off in the upcoming weeks!
52 Create – my weekly creative project for 2011. While I am extremely pleased with how this week’s project turned out, I’m quite surprised I made anything at all. In the past week I had friends visiting, 2 dinner parties, 2 birthdays, and a wedding. Sunday was of course mother’s day and I had nothing prepared, but having just bought a thickness planer (Rigid 4330) I felt that a cutting board might be in order.
It seems as though an end grain cutting board is a bit of a right of passage for a wood worker. Not owning a planer, I had shied away from this project in the past. I was pleasantly surprised how easy this project was and how well it turned out. The board is made of maple and walnut left over from other projects. Glued together with Titebond II (waterproof) and finished with mineral oil which is food safe.
As this was my first attempt I didn’t go too crazy with the pattern and I also wasn’t exactly sure on the final dimensions, so it’s a bit of an odd shape, but perfect it seems for a loaf of bread.