Food Presentation Boards

Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft South Carolina woodworking

In January of this year I started making these food presentation boards in Walnut and Oak as a prototype to see if they would sell. I only made two of these in a medium size board. It wasn’t long before I had customers asking for engraving on the handle and other sizes.

Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft South Carolina woodworking

The above is the medium board in oak with engraving on the handle. I received a nice order from Ava’s Kitchen in New Jersey. Attilio is the owner, never been there but their pizza sure looks delicious! Attilio had purchased pizza boards from three years ago and was still following me on Instagram. When he saw my post on these he emailed me and gave me a nice order with engraving.

Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft South Carolina woodworking

I designed a small board, above picture compares the small board (left) to the medium size board. Most of my orders are for Walnut wood.

Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft South Carolina woodworking

Who doesn’t like Pizza?!!  I made an extra large board that will easily hold a 12″ pizza for myself. I use it all the time when I make homemade pizza. A local pizzeria owner had purchased boards from me before and when I showed him this new board he purchased a bunch of them to use in his restaurant.

French Pastry Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft South Carolina woodworking

These boards are great for serving anything, above are french pastries from our local french pastry shop in downtown Greenville. Their pastries are to die for!

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One of my customers sent me an email with pictures of her homemade cinnamon rolls on the extra large board!

Walnut Charcuterie board serving board tray food presentation tray Wood Tray handcrafted Michael's Woodcraft Greenville South Carolina woodworking

These boards can be used for serving food, charcuterie, pizza, etc. If you have a family gathering or parties this is the perfect food tray for you! It will be the talk of your party! Check these out on my website, click here

 

 

Making a Good Wine Bottle Stopper

Maple Burl and Scrylic Wine Bottle Stopper

Happy Friday!!!
It’s been awhile since I last posted and I miss everyone!! I’ve decided that I am going to try and post once or twice a week!
One of my most popular items are the wine bottle stoppers I turn on my wood lathe. They are very unique because they are recessed, meaning that the cork is on the inside of the wine stopper and can not be seen wen the stopper is on the bottle.
I can up with this design 20 years ago when my wife mentioned to me that the wine stoppers I was making were too tall.

Handrafted Wine Bottle Stopper

A recessed wine stopper has the cork inside and slides over the bottle neck. The couple pictures above are a good example of how they work. You can not see the cork thru the bottle, all you see is the beautiful wine stopper!

 

Wine Bottle Stopper - drink wine Maple burl and resin recessed wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft woodworking Greenville SC

handcrafted recessed Wine bottle stoppers Michael's Woodcraft, Greenville South Carolina local woodwork woodwork

The colors resin colors are endless, between the Maple burl and the colored resin, each wine stopper is unique. It’s virtually impossible to make two wine bottle stoppers with the same colors!

I start by creating a hybrid blank which I make using Maple burl and colored resin. I cut the piece of maple burl and place it into a square mold and the pour in the colored resin. In about 7 days it is dry and is ready to turn. I really like using the Maple burl, you never know what colors and grain you will see once it is turned.

Then I will mount the blank to the lathe and start turning. Here are a few pictures of the process.

 

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Turning a wine bottle stopper on the wood lathe - Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

 

Turning a wine bottle stopper on the wood lathe - Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

Wine Bottle Stopper - drink wine Maple burl and resin recessed wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft woodworking Greenville SC

Once the wine stopper is turned and while still on the lathe, before applying the high gloss finish there is a lot of sanding to do. I will sand starting at 150 grit then 180, 220, 240, 320 grit all the way to 12,000 grit.

I like a high gloss finish, in order for me to get the high gloss I apply 40 to 50 coats of CA finish while the lathe is turning. CA is the short name for Cyanoacrylate glue, super glue.  I apply a few drops of CA to a paper towel and while the late is turning I apply it to the stopper. Then I spray is with a accelerator that dries it instantly. I do this 40, 50 times or more until I am happy with the finish. Once the CA hardens it is very durable.

 

Turning a wine bottle stopper on the wood lathe - Michael's Woodcraft Greenville SC

After the finish is done, I will then, buff an polish the stopper by hand. Then I mount the cork. It takes 24 hours for the glue to dry from installing the cork, then is it ready to use!!

 

Wine Bottle Stopper - drink wine Maple burl and resin recessed wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft woodworking Greenville SC

Wine Bottle Stopper - drink wine Maple burl and resin recessed wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft woodworking Greenville SC

Walnut Wine Charcuterie Board and wine bottle stoppers Serving board, Wine Bottle Stopper - drink wine Maple burl and resin recessed wine bottle stopper Michael's Woodcraft woodworking Greenville SC

A wood turned bottle stopper is a great accent to a good bottle of wine.  I enjoy making my recessed wine bottle stoppers!

To see more pictures visit my Gallery of Wine Bottle Stoppers, click here

 

Engraved Catchall Trays

engraved catchall tray

I have been making catchall trays for only about 2 months now. Since then I have made over 200 trays with “custom” engraving, many different sizes and another 80 that were ordered with one of my already engraving designs.

Above is my “I love you” catchall tray, this one is 6″ X 6″ square and 5/8″ inside. I originally made this one for a shop in Blowing Rock, NC but it has become very popular.

Engraved Catchall tray wood Valet tray

The above tray was a custom engraving order, they wanted a 3D heart in the middle with engraving on the heart. I have also engraved monogram letters on the heart for others.

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engraved catchall tray

Engraved Catchall Tray

 

 

Wood Catchall Trays

Wood Catchall tray engraved walnut Michaels Woodcraft

I recently started making Catchall trays. Each tray I handcraft from a solid piece of walnut. They have beautifully rounded corners, sanded perfectly smooth and then the bottom is engraved with various designs. My wife using one to keep her watch and rings in everyday.

The catchall trays are great for holding small items such as glasses, watches, rings, earrings, thumb drives, car keys, coins,  cell phone & charger, paperclips, thumbtacks, etc., the list is endless. It keeps all those everyday handy items within reach. They make great gifts!

wood catchall tray pineapple engravings Michaels Woodcraft

The pineapple engraving takes a long time to do but this one is very popular along with the engraved honey bees!!

Wood catc all trays in Walnut Michaels Woodcraft

The trays are 8″ long and 4″ wide and I currently only make them using solid walnut.

 

Wood Catchall trays

I can also engrave the bottom surface with a special message!

wood catchall tray tiger paw engravings Michaels Woodcraft

Engraved Tiger paw!

Wood Catchall tray with carve bottom Michael's Woodcraft

The above Catchall tray has a carved bottom.

wood catchall trays

The tray with Live, Laugh, Love was a custom engraved, special order for a customer that was a gift to a friend. Now that I have this one set-up I can easily repeat this engraving.

Catchall trays engraved catch all tray in walnut Michaels Woodcraft

I am working on a larger size catchall tray for another customer, so if you would like a custom size or shape please let me know.

I currently have the following engravings but can do custom engraving.
Acorns
Carved bottom
Flip Flops
Four Leaf Clovers
Hearts
Honey Bees
Live Laugh Love
Pineapples
Stars
Tiger Paws

They make great gifts! Wood Catchall Trays

Enjoy Your Weekend!!

Honey Sticks

Engraved Honey Sticks Michaels Woodcraft

Honey Sticks, engraved honey sticks, Michaels Woodcraft

Above: walnut wood honey sticks

 

I have started making my Honey Sticks again in Walnut and Cherry wood. New design plus engraving. The holes are honey cone shaped and adding engraving makes them unique and special. I can also do custom engraving for you if you like!

Engraved Honey Sticks, honey dipper sticks

These Honey Sticks work great for dipping honey!

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engraved cherry honey sticks

Above: Cherry wood honey sticks

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Honey Sticks

Honey Sticks

 

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Honey Sticks Michael's Woodcraft

Check out my Honey Sticks, click this link;  Honey Sticks

 

Below: Walnut catchall trays

 

Catchall tray engraved walnut Michaels Woodcraft

 

wood catchall tray pineapple engravings Michaels Woodcraft