I’ve been having a good creative flow lately. That isn’t typical for me in the winter time. Something about the lack of sun, exercise, and warmth leaves me unmotivated and brain foggy but that isn’t the case this winter, or at least this month. Maybe it’s because of the strange, sporadic weather, one day it’ll be balmy and spring like then the next will be single digits and icy. Change is one of the best ways to get your creativity flowing again. While I will be very ready for spring and summer I’m grateful that this winter is going so well.
A little over a week ago we had a major ice storm. The road were bad, very bad, so I took a snow day. I wanted to spend my extra free time working on a creative project. After browsing Pinterest for a bit I came across this beautiful shop that sells kitchenware. I absolutely loved this cutting board and (after seeing the $300 price tag) decided to make one myself.
The shop tools needed dusting off along with my carpentry skills. I hadn’t worked with wood since I had created this desk and a picture frame in August of 2013. I forgot how much fun it is to work in the shop with the table saw, wood planer, and other power tools. Since this project was relatively easy (compared to a desk!) it wasn’t long before it was almost done. Yay for instant gratification!
The cutting board is made with walnut cut into small blocks and glued together in a pattern made with the grain of the wood. The end grain is often exposed in cutting boards since it is harder which means the board will not get marked up as quickly and it is easier on your knives.
I was very happy with how it turned out but after a few coats of the finishing oil the wood darkened a lot and the grain pattern I had worked so hard to arrange all but disappeared. So much for a copycat of the $300 dollar board. I’ll know better for next time.
Even though it didn’t turn out exactly like I had hoped I’m really happy with it, and also a little scared to use it because I might scratch it, hehe.