Black Walnut and Maple End Grain Cutting Board

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Black Walnut and hard rock Maple End Grain Cutting Board

I wanted to share with you a little bit of the process of making an end grain cutting board. I am making two boards using a combination of Black Walnut and hard rock Maple. These two woods will give a nice contract of color. The final size of each board will be 14″ x 20″ x 1-1/2″ thick.

The first step is to hand pick nice hardwood, preferably woods with nice grain, color, square, no splitting and no worm holes. If you purchased wood, let the wood acclimate to the conditions of your shop for a week before starting your project. Knowing the final size of the board allows you to calculate the total board feet of hardwood required to make the board. Keep in mind that there are numerous cuts and glue ups in the process. You need to account for all of the cuts as each cut on a table saw waste 1/8 of material.

Prepare your cuts for the best use of the hardwood and the design.  If you plan to use different types of woods, you may need more board feet of one wood verses the other based on your design. Since this board is primary Black Walnut, I will need more Black Walnut than Maple.

Plan your cuts based on final size of the board. Start by cutting the wood into strips. The size of the strips is determined based on the final design and size of the board. Glue all of the strips together in the sequence of your design, leaving the boards in the clamps for a minimum of 24 hours.

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The above photo shows the Black Walnut and Maple strips, this is the first glue up. After removing the glued strips from the clamps, both surfaces were sanded smooth to size per my design.

Next step was to cross cut the above boards into strips that are 1-5/8 wide, which will make a 1-5/8 thick board. The 1-5/9 thickness provides 1/8″ for flattening both surfaces and all the sanding. After cutting the strips, each piece is carefully placed in the proper sequence based on the design. Every other piece is the opposite of the last piece.  After each piece is in order, it is time for the second glue up.

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The above photo shows the second glue up of all of the strips that were cut to 1-5/8″. This will be the final design.

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In the above photo, after 24 hours, I removed the boards from the clamps. I then cut the board to size, 14 x 20 inch and started sanding the surface on all sides. The final thickness will be 1-1/2 inch. Once this is completed, I will cut finger pulls of each end and then sand them smooth. My sanding process starts at 120 grit up to the final grit of 300.

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The sanding took nearly an hour to go from 120 grit to 300 grit. They are looking good, flat on all surfaces and all sanded. Next step is to cut the finger pulls, then apply the final finish.

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The above photo shows the board after cutting the finger pulls, sanding the finger pulls and applying the final finish.

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Finished boards!

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I hope you enjoyed my post!

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Brooklyn Blackout Cake

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If you have not tried the Brooklyn Blackout Cake you need to give this recipe a try. This  cake is a rich dark chocolate cake that has a rich chocolate pudding between the layers and is frosted with a rich dark chocolate ganache. Everyone in our family loves this cake, it’s really delicious! I made this cake yesterday and it is almost all been eaten!!

It’s been awhile since I last posted and I have missed blogging and posting with everyone!

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This homemade cake is easy to make in three easy steps. Step 1, make the pudding, then the cake and last the ganache. This recipe can found at Taste of Home website.

Be sure to make the pudding 2-3 hours ahead of time so that it has had time to cook before assembling the cake. Making the cake does not require using a mixer, everything is mixed in a heavy pot on your stove. The ganache is simple too!

Assembling the cake is easy too, then place your cake in the fridge to set. In about an hour you will be ready to eat!

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If you enjoy a rich chocolate cake, you should give this recipe a try!

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Enjoy your Sunday!!

 

 

 

 

 

Engraved Ice Cream Scoops!

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Above, Engraved walnut ice cream scoop.

Please note, the manufacturer of the stainless steel ice cream scoop hardware has changed the design. Effective March 1, 2017, all orders will include the stainless steel hardware shown inn above picture and picture below.

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Above font is Amaze Bold-script

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Above: Curly Black Walnut and Blackwood ice cream scoop custom engraved for Debra at the University of Connecticut, Office of Alumni Relations.

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Over the last few months I have handcraft over 70 ice cream scoops and engraved more then 40 of them. I wanted to share with you some of the pictures!

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The above ice cream scoop was a gift to Maryland Coach Turgeon!

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Above: My customer sent me a picture of Maryland Coach Turgeon with the ice cream scoop!

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Whimsical ice cream scoops!

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Curly black walnut handle engraved.

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I am now also engraving serving boards and cutting boards!

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Above: Wedding gift

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The above scoop was also a wedding gift and it had engraving on the topside and bottom side.

 

Everyone seems to be enjoying ice cream this summer!! I know I have had my share of Ice cream too!

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Above, Cooper font

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Above, Curly Black Walnut and Blackwood engraved scoops.

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The above Ice Cream Scoop was made for a FedEx sales rep that is on the State Government Team!

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Curley Walnut ice cream scoop engraved

The above handle was special order, walnut with special colored wood. The shape is like the hard rock Maple handle. If you like the handle be sure to let me know and I can make this design in walnut for you!

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Above, Engraved customer logo’s

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Above, Rockwell font

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Above font is Amaze Bold-script

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Above font is Rockwell

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Above, Amaze Bold-script and Rockwell

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Engraved old fashion ice cream paddle scoop

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Above: curly walnut old fashion ice cream paddle with Rockwell engraving

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Above: Amaze bold-script font

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Above: Old fashion ice cream paddle scoop engraved using Amaze Bold-script font

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Above: Hard rock Maple and Padauk ice cream scoop handle engraved using Amaze bold-script font.

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Ab0ve; Old fashion ice cream paddle scoop with Amaze Bold-script font. Below is Cooper font ice cream scoop

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Above: Curly Walnut with Blackwood scoop, Rockwell font

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Above: Amaze bold-script font

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Engraved personalized ice cream scoops

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Summer Ice Cream!

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This time of year everyone is enjoying their favorite ice cream and favorite toppings. The variety of ice cream and toppings is endless. Everyone loves chocolate, what is your favorite? What’s your favorite topping, brownies, marshmallows, nuts, chocolate syrup, caramel, cookie dough, etc.?

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Months ago on Instagram I met a wonderful person and an amazing artist, her name is Deb. We both had been following,  liking, commenting and admiring each others work. Through many emails we got to know each other and decided to arrange a trade. 

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Deb decided that she like black walnut and wanted a nice size cutting board. She told me that she was in the middle of a kitchen remodel and I was envisioning how beautiful her kitchen was going to be.

My wife, also a Debbie and I love pottery. I had been looking for a couple of ice cream bowls to match our kitchen. Before I knew it we had worked out a trade.

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Deb made me the most beautiful ice cream bowls, I love them and they do match our kitchen colors. The are on display in our kitchen, only when they are not being used!

Check out Deb’s post on the black walnut cutting board, Honey Lavender Lightly Frozen with Fruit. Deb is a very talented artist, check out her pottery on her blog and/or her Instagram!

I love my ice cream bowls and I am so glad I met Deb, maybe someday we will meet in person!

So, what is your favorite ice cream and toppings?

 

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New Boards Made The Last Month

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Above: Black Walnut Board

I thought I would post today a few of the boards that I have made this month. There were a few more that I made but did not get a picture of them!

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Above: Ambrosia Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut

This one is 14 inch in diameter and has a lot of different grain character and colors, it’s stunning!

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Above: Black Walnut and Maple

Customer wanted a long board to place beside her range, 22 inches long and 6-1/2 inches wide.

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Above: Black Walnut and Maple end grain cutting board

Rachel was looking for a unique board that could take lot of use. See her picture below!

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The above photo was taken by Rachel, she is a wonderful cook, check out her Instagram page, @5280Meat

 

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Above: Black Walnut board with handle.

Check out Trina’s picture below of this board, round board and ice cream scoop! Trina is a wonderful cook, check out her Instagram page, @Paleo_Newbie_Recipes

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My Wood Conditioner is homemade combining a mixture of food-grade mineral oil and pure food grade beeswax. It will help you maintain the finish on your boards, reviving, condition and help protect your boards from moisture and drying out.

Enjoy your afternoon!

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Favorite Lunch

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Lauren was married on Saturday, she was very beautiful, the dress was gorgeous on her and she is very happy! She had a outdoor wedding, with an inside wedding reception dinner. They are now gone on their honeymoon but she will be home on Saturday evening! 

When we are at the beach we enjoy eating boiled shrimp and oysters on the half shell! Today for lunch we decide to share both! Love both the shrimp and oysters, both are great with a cold beer too! 🙂

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Today the temperature is now at 100 degrees F with a 112 heat index, almost too hot to be outside. The Atlantic Ocean is like bath water and the pool water is hot at 87 degrees F. Looking for late afternoon rain showers to cool everything off!

Hilton Head is a great place to vacation!

 

Walnut and Cherry hand mirrors!

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June Sunrise

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We had a beautiful sunrise this morning with cool temperatures in the low 60’s F. Light rain last night cooled off everything but today our high is supposed to get to 89 degrees F with afternoon showers.

Enjoy your Saturday!

 

Below is a Black Walnut and Hard Rock Maple end grain cutting board. This end grain cutting board is 10 inches x 15 inches x 1-1/2 thick and has finger pulls on each end making it easier to lift off the counter.

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Making My Wood Conditioner!

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I spent a couple hours this afternoon making my Wood Conditioner today because I only had a few tins available. If you are not familiar with my Wood Conditioner, when used on your wood cutting board, wood utensils or anything wood it will penetrate and helps to revive, condition and protect it. I also use it on my cast iron pans for conditioning. Read more about my Wood Conditioner!

My Wood Conditioner is made using 100% food grade mineral oil and 100% food grade beeswax.

I have a label on the lid detailing how to use the Wood Conditioner. 

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Tins ready to fill, I use the syringe to fill each tin, it makes for easy work and clean up too! Each tin will be filled with my Food Grade Mineral oil and Food Grade Beeswax mixture. It will be hot but once cooled becomes solid.

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Once the tins are filled, it takes about an hour for the Wood Conditioner to cool and harden. Above are three tins that were filled at different times, the one in the middle has not cooled and gotten solid just yet.

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They are all done, cooled, labeled and ready!

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Siebold Elegans Hostas

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This is a beautiful grouping of Siebold Elegans Hosta that I spotted today at Furman University. It was the best day ever for photography, 70 degrees, light breeze and sunshine.

My daughter Lauren is getting married in June and today was her day for wedding dress pictures. She is so beautiful in her dress! Our first stop was Furman University, pictures among the huge 100 year old growth oak trees, then in front of the fountains, then the Rose garden!  When the photographer was done, he had taken over 1200 photos, I took over 150.

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These hosta were growing under the huge old growth oak trees, aren’t they beautiful!!!

 

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