It’s been a little over a year since I wrote a tutorial for making an end-grain cutting board. I didn’t want to write the post. I honestly didn’t think anyone would care. There were already hundreds (at least) of videos and tutorials for making cutting boards, so why would anyone want to read mine? I was a relative newcomer to woodworking, and a total noob to blogging. But Handan wanted me to write it, so what choice did I have? (answer: none)That little tutorial, which I was so loathe to write, went on to become our best-read post, with double the page views of the next best post. The lesson is obvious and applies to all men: always listen to your wife. They know things. The downside to that post was that I was deluged with orders for cutting boards for the 2015 Christmas season. I could accommodate a few people, but my workshop is not set up for mass assembly, so I had to turn most people down. Besides, with the labor involved, even with a substantial price tag, making boards was not an economically sound business model. So those Christmas boards were my last. I was boarded out. I didn’t want to look at another cutting board, unless I was chopping onions on it.But as the months wore on, I found myself thinking about cheese boards from time to time. Cheese boards can be identical to cutting boards – that is, they can be end-grain or face-grain and used for cheese or chopping. But cheese boards allow a freedom of construction that traditional cutting boards do not. A cutting board needs to stand up to, but be gentle to, a sharp knife (wood and plastic rule for cutting boards). A cheese board does not. So, whereas you wouldn’t dream of chopping veggies or cleaving a ham hock on a piece of stone, you wouldn’t think twice about running that little round cheese knife through a wheel of brie plopped on a shiny slab of marble.A friend recently asked me to make her two more cheese boards of the sort I used to make a couple of years ago. I had sold her a matching pair, and now she wanted more! They were the envy of all her friends, and she has to loan them out on occasion, she told me. Unfortunately, I had to turn her down. Now that The Navage Patch is in full swing, I no longer have time to make boards for sale anymore. But then I got to thinking…What if I made a new kind of cheese board? Something with class and elegance. I could write about it here, and she would get one heck of a board – an absolute one-of-a kind. The board I had in mind would be made of walnut with rivers of crushed turquoise inlay coursing through its grain. I had just the piece of wood in the basement…Two years ago I bought an 8 foot length of walnut that was 8 1/2 inches wide and about 1 1/2 inches thick. Normally walnut has rather straight and uninteresting grain, but this piece had highly detailed (figured) grain running down its length. I wanted to use it for something special.Well, as the months rolled on, I used a piece here and a piece there for some end-grain cutting boards I was making, but I never got a chance to showcase that beautiful figure. I held onto a piece in the hopes that one day I’d use it in a project where the walnut’s beauty would shine. That day had arrived.I took my last piece of figured walnut and traced along a few of the grain lines.
Our dining room was in a sad state, for a while. We moved in a replaced a broken ceiling fan with a pendant light fixture and freshened the walls with a can of white paint and that was it. It's in a weird place at the centre of the home and has three doorways - to the living room, to the kitchen and into my office, so finding a 'wall treatment' was a challenge because you can see the space from so many angles.
Did you know that fixing a crack in some drywall on a wall or ceiling can be quick and easy? We have had a long crack in the ceiling of our living room for quite some time and I thought I might as well go ahead and try to patch it up. With a couple of standard items from the hardware store you can eliminate a crack and have it patched up in a jiff!
I love decorating for the holidays, but with small children, it can be difficult. My kids, like most, are very curious and love to touch everything they see. It is especially tempting when you put out a bunch of shiny new things, and then have to constantly tell them “no touch”.Here is a fun idea specifically for the kids; one you can encourage them to play with throughout the Christmas season!
If you love this project, be sure to subscribe to our blog to receive updates regularly!Are you looking for a fun way to add a little farmhouse charm to a room? You can make your own shiplap accent wall! Come and see how we transformed our living room!Just a little look back..here’s how we started (before we rearranged the furniture). Pardon the disaster!!
A few days ago, I shared my favorite recipe for Homemade Laundry Detergent, and today I want to share how to make your own fabric softener on the cheap! My laundry comes out clean, smelling fresh and super soft! You won't believe how easy it is to make your own!
We used white Hamptons Stikwood to clad the ceiling of their my moms master bedroom (that’s almost done!), I thought it would be fun to use some of the leftovers to make a wooden shiplap rustic farmhouse sign for my mom & dad. It was so enjoyable to make that I think I need to make one for our home soon, too! Here’s how to make your own rustic shiplap sign
In less than 10 minutes, you can make your own designer wooden drawer knobs. Here’s step by step instructions and a materials list below.I love browsing through Hobby Lobby's knobs and pulls section but without a sale or coupon they can be quite expensive. Why not make your own and be creative? You can find unfinished wooden drawer knobs at your local home improvement store or you can buy a pack of them here. Make sure you buy the ones that the screws come with them. The cost will vary on how many drawer knobs you are going to make. The size of mine were 1 1/2".
Supplies Needed:SpindleTop Fence Post4 Ceiling Fan BladesItem For The EyesItem For The Antennafinial for the tailPaint
"OLD?" It's all in how you decide to "mature." Out of necessity, I removed the steps built by a Contractor and built new ones - the right way! In the process, I discovered that I LOVE building, and I'm excited to be starting more building projects - at 71 (and I'm a girl)! Here we go.... First pic is what the Contractor built for me.
It's easier to get creative in a small space because the supplies and materials will cost LESS and it'll be a QUICK project with LESS surface area to work on..So let's get creative with a rustic pallet wood wall ... in my small laundry room..
A kitchen soffit (aka bulkhead) is something that majority of us have in our kitchens. They are often created to hide wires, pipes or other mechanicals in our kitchen. Sometimes they are even there to just fill the space above your cabinets. Either way, I personally find most soffits can make a home feel dated and extremely closed-in.