Cheese? Cutting? You choose.

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mr M's Woodshop posted 09-16-2014 02:06 PM 1525 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was playing. It’s good to do that.

The first 3 pictures are all end grain boards that I glued up originally to be a part of the cheese & cracker servers ... but I (purposefully) made too many for the servers, so I had leftovers.

So I played.

All 3 are thin end grain boards – too thin (7/8” thick) to be considered a cutting board, I think, unless you are just wanting to slice an onion. These would never be confused with a “chopping block.” Sizes vary from 7” – 9” wide and 9” – 12” long. Hard maple + black walnut.

The 4th picture is my first inlay. Not entirely happy with it, as asymmetry will always be a visual challenge for me. But, the wife likes it. Go figure. I’m wrong, of course. Black walnut + hard maple & yellowheart.

The last picture is a commissioned hard maple end grain board. While I was playing, I also completed a couple of these, 16” x 20”. The customer could have had anything … she wanted the classic. And, the classic she got … as it required me to go buy more lumber. Love it when that happens.

All boards get routed handholds and non-skid rubber feet with stainless screws. Finish is mineral oil, with a beeswax/mineral oil topcoat (see a pattern here?).

At our first craft fair of the fall, none of these sold. I am always OK with that. I get a few more days to enjoy looking at them and consider the design choices I made, the stock I used … I put creativity into every board. It’s good to play, and it’s good to remember the pleasure gained from the placement of perfectly figured stock into a little 8” x 10” assembly.

Not everyone appreciates the introspective side of woodworking, but it’s one of the things I enjoy about being in the shop.

Comments, criticisms and cheap hardwood in Southern California always welcome!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

3 comments so far

View Woodknack's profile


13428 posts in 3179 days

#1 posted 09-17-2014 04:16 AM

I’m more of a classic cutting board kinda guy. Anything too pretty and I would feel bad cutting on it. So I like the first and last ones the most.

-- Rick M,

View AngieO's profile


1267 posts in 2947 days

#2 posted 09-17-2014 11:45 PM

I like them all. My favorite one though is the one with inlay. Bit I LOVE walnut. And… I just like it. :)

View Mr M's Woodshop's profile

Mr M's Woodshop

426 posts in 3867 days

#3 posted 09-18-2014 02:17 AM

Rick, I agree that the classic boards are the ones people feel “safe” cutting on … but all of the odd designs that are made should STILL be used as cutting boards, IMHO. If people want to do intarsia or wall hangings, no problem; those are beautiful. But if it is a cutting board, then that is what its purpose is. To ignore that is to ignore the essence of the piece created by the woodworker. Again, IMHO.

Angie, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Glad you like the inlay … I know my left brain just doesn’t like designs that aren’t symmetrical bilaterally. But that can’t stop me from breaking rules every once in a while!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics