Cheese & Crackers, Anyone?   Leave a comment

I introduced my seldom-called Elegant Cheese & Cracker Servers just over 2 years ago, and they continue to be a big hit.

But when people see them, they called them surfboards.

As you probably know, I eventually started making boards shaped like actual surfboards, but that hasn’t stopped anyone from calling these serving pieces surfboards. Bowing to the inevitable pressure of the marketplace, I now informally call these pieces large surfboards.

Surfboard Cheese

The big batch I made of these last November are now gone, so, it’s time to go back to the shop. I do these boards in very large batches, as they require special and unique setups. To make the sweeping “cove cuts” underneath the lips of the board, for example, I’m making oblique cuts over an unprotected saw blade moving at over 100 MPH (yes, I’ve done the math), and Mrs M won’t let me do that very often.

She just hasn’t trusted me much since that trip to the ER back in ‘aught six….

Links below show you how the production process works on these unique pieces, and also show you the dangers of being near a table saw blade operating without a blade guard.

If you would like to order a special surfboard Elegant Cheese & Cracker Server, then now’s the time. Lumber hasn’t been ordered yet, but I anticipate local delivery in November. I’ll have loads of time to deliver these to you & yours before Christmas. Want some? Please let me know.

Elegant Cheese & Cracker Servers are 12″ x 19″ x 1-1/4″. Prices are $75 – $100, depending on wood selection. Shipping is $15 within the US, or you can pick up at the Woodshop for free! Engraving is also available for personalized boards.

So that you can see what all of the fuss is about, here are some of my favorites from previous makings. I really can’t choose a favorite, but the struggles I had making 15-26 out of warped, twisted, cupped 4/4 Bloodwood through six glue-ups will never be forgotten:


Cutting Sideways = Curves

Kicking Back

From The Shop: Making 24 Surfboards

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