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Project by Betsy posted 06-03-2016 02:46 AM 1248 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a few recent boards. I’ve come late to the realization that the strips that generally are made into an end grain board by turning them on their edges – make lovely patterns for a face grain board. First photo is evidence of that little fact. So instead of using those odd number of strips that make your end grain board too long – lay them on their faces and have a nice board with the same pattern. The first board is seven strips from a project where my math skills went to sleep and I over estimated the number of strips needed – so I made lemonade. Most of the left overs I generally have would only make a small board that would be what I’d call the “one apple/orange board”. But still I like the effect. I have even thought that it might make a nice duo of boards to have an end grain and a face grain board as a set with the same pattern. It’s a thought.

The other three boards are just some of the ones that I like the best in my latest batch.

Thanks for looking.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 10:39 AM

Nice boards –
I totally enjoy creating using edge grain patterns

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 10:52 AM

I always enjoy your projects, Betsy. These are really nice.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 10:56 AM

Nice tip and the boards you have made are very nice. I think you’re idea of the 2 different grains but same pattern is a great idea.

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

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 12:24 PM

Hey, I LIKE lemonade ! Like Martha says “It’s a good thing”.

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 12:58 PM

Very nice boards, Betsy. The second one is my favorite!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 01:27 PM

Those look so nice. You are doing great on the cutting boards. How are you doing on selling them?

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 01:52 PM

Love ‘em, Betsy!

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

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 02:43 PM

Great thoughts, and nice results. It’s always good to think new things and try new ideas!

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#9 posted 06-03-2016 06:11 PM

Very nice, like them a lot.

-- Schooled in the advanced art of sawdust and woodchip manufacturing.

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#10 posted 06-04-2016 12:25 AM


Some very nice boards. Your cutting board primer blog gave me the courage to finally try some of my own. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#11 posted 06-04-2016 10:51 PM

Thanks for all the comments. L/W so glad that I had a small part in your trying a new adventure! Can’t wait to see your results. :-)

Kelly – I’ve been doing mostly a show a month, May was an exception and I had two on back-to-back weekends. My sales are doing very well. I’m quite pleased how the show season is going. I have noticed a trend toward the softer color materials – maple and ash as anchor woods in a board are going gang busters and the ones with darker woods as anchors have slowed to a crawl. For those that have said they are buying for gifts – the face grain boards are tops right now. But those who admit they are buying for themselves – end grain in king.

One other odd thing that I’ve noticed this season is the basket that I put on the end of my table on the ground that holds my boards that just don’t fit the space I have on the table – has been a major salesman. The boards in the overflow bucket are not any better or worse than those on the table, but people just seem to gravitate to the overflow – have no idea why. But the long and short of it is usually my overflow bucket is empty very quickly – of course some move to the table to fill an empty spot – but some days the overflow is empty faster than spaces open on the table. Have no idea why – but I’ve been making sure I have too many boards for the table and have the overflow stocked pretty full.

Thanks again for all the comments – I really do appreciate them.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#12 posted 06-05-2016 04:25 PM

Nice work Betsy, and a clever variation on design!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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