I can make nice fancy things from wood but I don't have a table saw. With the support of several people who wanted a fancy edge-grain wood cutting board, I could procure a table saw. I might also need to buy additional clamps to clamp these up, and other materials are used such as glue, sandpaper, and oil. About 30% of the donations go to the wood stock (cost effective, but multiple attractive species.) According to my calculations (*adjusts glasses*) I'll be immediately putting down exactly the amount donated towards wood for these cutting boards and a new table saw.
The cutting boards will be
- Approximately 10" x 12" or 12" x 18"
- At least 1 inch thick
- edge-grain, not end-grain
- one design fits all
- conditioned with food-safe oil
- To maintain, wash with soap and water, bleach if necessary, never leave it set in any amount of water, leave it stay wet, or put it in the dishwasher. Hand wash and let it dry. It should be oiled occasionally. It will last for many years.
Not having the time to work full-time, it will take work spread out across about 25 days that I have time available
- part of one or two days to prepare for gluing,
- part of one day for gluing,
- part of one day for planing and preparing to cut them down
- multiple days per board of flattening with a hand plane
- part of two or three days to profile the edges, sand everything, and prepare to oil
- repeated conditioned. Optimally twice a day for two or three days, until it stops taking oil
That means that after completion of the fundraising, it will be at least one to two months before cutting boards are completed. They will be hand delivered in Anne Arundel County, MD or picked up in Bethesda, MD. (Otherwise, shipping must be covered by you, but I'm expecting this to be somewhat local.) You may also inquire about other woodworking products that you are interested in having made. (I've made things like an end-table and a child's stool so many things are attainable.)
Thanks for reading and thanks for helping.