Custom Artisan Bread Board

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Project by Splinters posted 02-23-2009 07:57 PM 3334 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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To make the process easier I am creating a custom paddle to work the dough and prepare it for placement into the oven also using the paddle it was molded on. My client is patiently awaiting the creation of her new bread paddle.

Here is the pile of selected coastal maple lumber which I chose to create this peel. Typically I use the same birch I use in pizza peels, however when I saw this wood I knew I had to try it out and see how it works. Coastal maple is a faster growing wood and therefore does not have the grain tightness found in typical hard maple. The difference will make this paddle lighter and easier to use.

The full one inch dimension lumber was resawed into approximately 3/8’ thickness, and then, the individual boards are cut to width and length to make up the final size board desired.
This particular board will hopefully end up with a 12 inch x 12 inch paddle and a 7 inch handle.

The edges have been prepared and boards squared up.
The glue has been applied and the clamps are in place. It will be allowed to set overnight in these clamps and tomorrow the shaping process will begin.

As you can see I use a lot of clamps. I try and give the boards every opportunity to get a good flat strong glue job. The boards are clamped from side to side to bond the boards together. I then place strips of hardwood on top and bottom of the boards and clamp them to ensure the boards glue joints dry in a flat stable manner.

The clamps are off and the board is being laid out..

The finished project….

Aside from making a little adjustment on the front lip of this board, my client really liked her board and as a matter of fact….got more orders for me.

To me that is the best form of advertisement, to have a client sell your product to other folks. Although, I am sure she would say the product sold itself….I think her excitement had something to do with it. Thanks!!!

The grain pattern of this coastal maple used in this project really popped when I applied the food grade mineral oil after it was scraped and fine sanded. The front lip of the board will be sanded down to create a thin front to assist in moving the bread on and off the board.

This board is around a 12 inch square paddle with a 6-7 inch handle and is around 3/8 inch thick. Very light weight and easy to handle. It is used to shape the loaves on and slide them onto the hot stone which is pre-heated in the oven.

I am really pleased with this and sure it will be a hard one to keep on the shelves….

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-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#1 posted 02-23-2009 08:55 PM

Very nice. How big is the stone in the oven.

That maple has a great looking grain.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 11:42 PM

+1 to my favorites file.

I wonder if you couldn’t rig up some sort of router sled to ease that front lip. Simply prop up the handle end a bit, putting the board at an angle and you’d get the slope you need ‘relatively’ easily.

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 12:01 AM

I like it splinters

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 03:01 AM

Very nice board . Which coast are you on ? I use Mineral Oil on all of my boards as well . It really brings the grain to life very nicely : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 05:50 PM

Thanks guys for all the comments!
Karson – stone is about 14 inches
Ned – good idea on the jig…will have to try it.
Dusty – NW Montana…not sure which coast the maple came it at a local lumber place..

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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#6 posted 02-25-2009 07:19 PM

I’m on the west “coast ” of Massachusetts… LOL
I never heard the term coastal maple until now , so I was wondering if it was unique to your side of the world : ) Thanks for the feedback and have a wonderful day !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 02-25-2009 11:07 PM

It is called figured coastal maple here and is about the same density as black walnut . I just picked some more up for another project and I asked them about it. They said this particular wood was coming from the coast of Oregon State, however there is an east coast also. perhaps it is called something different where you’re. All I know is it really worked nice and as you can see from the photos the grain pattern is awesome. Interesting website I just found.

-- Splinters - Living and Loving life in the Rockies - -

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