Walnut Purple Heart and Maple Cutting Board (any ideas on selling cutting boards?)

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Project by ComradeNorgren posted 07-16-2012 06:49 PM 17036 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another cutting board! I’m basically just playing around with styles and am going to try and sell some on Etsy and see if i can make a little cash on the side. Have you guys had any experience selling cutting boards? What do you think the best route to go is? Is this even at a quality where i could sell it? hah, thanks for all the feedback! These pictures are just after i put on the oil and wax finish so don’t mind the drip marks and wax on top, I’ll clean them up after the soak for a little bit.

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#1 posted 07-16-2012 06:54 PM

Looks good. How big is it ? Be careful with finishes if you plan on selling them. People will want to know it’s food safe.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#2 posted 07-16-2012 06:59 PM

This one is about 17”x13” and I’ve just been using a mineral oil finish that i melted some paraffin wax in to. So it should be plenty “food safe”. Thanks for the comment!

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#3 posted 07-16-2012 09:37 PM

Nice boards! I like the colors and design. I have made & sold over 250 boards ( some were gifts). Started a batch of 15 this past weekend. I have some posted on here of different ones I have made on here. I don’t put most of them on here unless they’re different.

While I have made edge grain and face grain boards I try not to make them and make only end grain boards. Much more durable. With that said, a little more work in making them. The market which you live in will be a direct indication of how much they can sell for. I live in Southern California and the more you charge the more they want them… LOL

I finish some with Mineral Oil and the Bee’s Wax for those who want a sorta of matt finish. I prefer the board to shine a little so I use 50/50 Salad Bowl Finish & Mineral Spirits, 5-8 coats. I have a board in my kitchen that has lasted 9 yrs by only putting mineral oil on it once a week.

Good luck if you have any more questions shoot me an email. Keep up the good work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-16-2012 10:46 PM

I make a lot of spoons and cutting boards, and have had many friends asking me to open an Etsy shop. I’m resisting, instead preferring to sell at craft fairs once or twice a year. I much prefer physically selling my products, and I like meeting the people I am selling to. I’ve also resisted Etsy (or any other online marketplace) because it seems those sites are polluted with similar products, and the chances of someone stumbling across mine are slim. Also, I can’t be bothered to run to the post office frequently to ship items. So my advice is to find a craft fair and set up shop.

And looking at these pics, I’d say your work is certainly quality enough to sell. But I agree with Ken, in that I now primarily make end grain boards. They are more work, but that means you get to charge more!

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#5 posted 07-16-2012 11:24 PM

Beautiful board, beautiful woods used, and it is definitely salable quality. I would say VERY salable. Good job.

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

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#6 posted 07-17-2012 06:13 AM

Gorgeous. You won’t have any problems selling that.

-- Rick M,

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#7 posted 07-22-2012 01:36 PM

Here’s an idea: make up a nice brochure about your boards and how to care for them and take the boards to a local cookware and dining room supply store and have them sell them for you on a commission basis. When they sell a board, they give you your cut. Make sure the agreement includes that if one goes missing from their store, it is considered a sale. They take responsibility for the stock left with them.

It’s not the only way to sell, but a useful one to add to your other methods. Craft fairs are great, because you get to interact with the customer. You can also take orders for custom boards at these fairs, but be sure to get a deposit, at least enough to cover your materials.

Don’t make the common mistake of under pricing your stuff. Simple boards should go for a minimum of $25 a square foot, with more complex ones going up to as much as three times that. They’re worth it, and there’s no sense undercutting the competition. Just beat them with quality and service. You’d be surprised how much a simple one sheet instruction brochure is worth in making the sale. People are often afraid they’ll ruin an expensive item by doing something wrong. By giving every board a copy of the “Care and feeding of your new cutting board” brochure, their fears are allayed. Put in it things like how to clean the board and more importantly how NOT to clean it. Want to give even better service? Include a small bottle of mineral oil with each board to get them started doing it right.

Hope this helps.


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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