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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 . . .
 

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fantastic work Andy...
 

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Very nice work Andy. I am sanding on 6 end grain boards right now. I took a little break to check my mail.
Christmas gifts for my Dad's brothers and sisters.

Thanks for posting your great work.

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I am sanding on 6 end grain boards right now. I took a little break to check my mail.
Christmas gifts for my Dad's brothers and sisters.

Ellery Becnel
Pictures . . . we like Pictures!
 
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Gonna be alot of happy folks in your circle Andy. Very nicely done.
 

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I need to hang on to more scraps. Those are excellent. If you are selling any of these, I'd consider making some Chess boards. You could make full size and smaller sets, resaw the tops thin and glue them to the tops of boxes to hold the pieces. Or checker sets? Really nice work.
 

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All will be happy, I'm sure...nicely done...
 

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Good job, man.

Tell them to keep them out of the dishwasher!! :surprise:

Some of the ones I have given as gifts have never been used. They don't want to mess 'em up. Others use the heck out of them. Two have separated at the seams because...well guess? Dang dishwasher! I told 'em not to do that, but they didn't listen. :no:
 

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They look great Andy! ..... ugh Marco starts with M
 

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Great looking boards, those that receive them will be thrilled. Cutting boards are so much fun to build, and the results are so gratifying.

Keep building and showing pictures.

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Great looking boards, Andy!
I made one this Xmas, my first; a picture to follow . :)

...posting pics of my efforts.
My first cutting board (Walnut, Maple, Cherry and Purpleheart)
and a game board for my son-in-law (Cherry). The game is 'Quoridor'
https://www.google.ca/search?q=Quor...qqvenJAhUN4WMKHeMIBlMQsAQITg&biw=1120&bih=524

This is pretty unusual for me; I wouldn't normally make artisanal type stuff, but I gotta admit, it's been fun...most of what I'm doing I got from you guys! :)
 

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you seem to be holding your own pretty well....
 
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Great job Andy.
 

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That looks really nice Dan. Congratulations.
 
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That walnut is really black, I like those the contrasting colors are outstanding. So you do do woodworking! I thought you just made beer and chased bears.:laugh2::laugh2:
The second picture has me baffled tho, never seen a cutting board configured like that. Are those knife grooves in the face? Are the spacings uniform for a reason?

Good job ,Dan,
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That's well done Dan. The purple heart is a nice touch. I like the look of purple heart, but I've never been able to get past the price of admission. Maybe next time . . .
 
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