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#1 posted 09-13-2011 06:18 AM

If you can’t make them fast enough to charge something reasonable and still profit, like, say $85 a piece, then I wouldn’t bother with it.

There was a guy at the local fair selling really nice wooden kitchen ware, cutting boards, spoons, spatulas, etc, and nothing approached the $200 mark. In fact, his 10” X 14” cutting boards were $65, and man were they nice!
His were both flat grain and end grain (though not both in the same board) and made from a lot of different local woods. (I’m in southern Maine)

Honestly, if you’re not dealing with little scraps and have full size lumber to cut up, you can count on things moving along a LOT quicker. And as well, I know this from segmented turnings, once you get set-up to cut the segments, things REALLY start to cook right along.

One other tip, General Finishes’ Seal-A-Cell followed by Arm-R-Seal makes for an excellent food surface finish. I made my dad some sushi trays from tiger maple, and I have made my dad and myself a pair of end-grain cutting boards and used that for a finish on these pieces and it has held up extremely well. It also prevents any liquids from food soaking into the wood, and it does a lot better job than mineral oil or even salad bowl finish.


-- Kenny

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