Cheeseboards #4 & #5 – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

Two quick little boards to share. I was tasked with making a serving board for one of our best friend’s birthday (@mandyrubes). So I went to the wood pile and picked a VERY rough little chainsawed slab of elm (from the same tree I used in cheeseboard #3 and our coat rack), threw it through the planer like 30 times, cut the shape on my bench bandsaw, rounded over the edges with the router, sanded, and then made @tam_a_ryn do the finishing with mineral oil and beeswax (check the instagram post at the bottom for entertaining vids of that, with a cameo by @andtheschwartziswithme. You can also see @tam_a_ryn posing with our gift). The next day, my neighbors offered me some logs they’ve had in a pile for a few years. I had no idea the species, so I cut one open with the electric chainsaw, and repeated all the above. It turned out to be some beautiful yellow-orange mulberry wood. I gave them this board since they said I could take as much as I want. She had initially said “but you won’t want it, it’s full of bugs and rotten.” Luckily that was only true of the bark and some black ants in the pith. I was not expecting such color when I cut that dirty gray log open. Note: the shapes were basically just dictated by the cracks I worked around.



Cheeseboard #3 – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

Here’s a simple little serving board/cheeseboard I made last week as an engagement/early wedding gift for @leelihort and @jmhmsw. The shape was intended to be sorta reminiscent of cat’s ears (for their two cats). Made from an old elm log in a neighbor’s firewood pile, after it had been cut down standing dead (probably from Dutch elm’s disease). I milled it with my cheap electric chainsaw, flattened it with a router/jig, cut the shape on my little bandsaw, and finished it with filtered walnut oil. Note: this piece bookmatches with our coat hanger I made from the same log.

Cheeseboard #1 – Daniel D. Brown, 2018

Here’s a little cheeseboard/serving board I made for my wife this week from a pile of small scraps I’ve been collecting from other projects. Some of it is wood I collected and milled myself from around the neighborhood. Mostly ambrosia maple, walnut, mahogany, and cherry.