I made a few Cutting Boards for Christmas
I was in a bind and way behind coming up with handcrafted Christmas presents for friends and relatives. The shop renovation had dragged on, over budget and behind schedule. So, I needed something I could do quick, and not toooo expensive. I went to the hardwood store and bought $165 worth of red oak and soft maple. I already had some salvaged 1/2 X 4 walnut wainscoating that was too small to do much with except cutting boards or boxes.
Cutting boards are fairly straightforward so I won't lead you through all the details. SWMBO first said she liked edge-grain stripes better than end-grain blocks, so I made a few that way. Most of our family members have last names that begin with "W" or "M", so I was determined to work that in somehow. Once the relatives were done, I just played around with the leftovers. The plaid one with the dogs was made from the final scraps. This one turned out to be the favorite of The Missus, and we'll keep it. These are what we have left in stock, we already sent six out. So I ended up with about $10 in materials in each board. Not too bad . . .
“We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it and stop there lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid. She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one anymore.” - Mark Twain