Archive for the ‘Mr M’s Woodshop’ Tag

Variety Is The Key For Me   Leave a comment

If you’re looking for same old, same old … don’t come to me.

I hope.

I’ve seen that my sales grow when I offer an incredible variety of wood designs, shapes, sizes and approaches to the things I make. I know that some woodworkers that do what i do make the same thing over and over … and, simply, that’s not for me. I would find that boring … and I believe that my customers would, as well.

Variety it is.

Here are a collection of serving pieces and shaped boards. Some are for cutting, some aren’t … their new owners will get to choose what they use them for.

Hover your cursor over the photo while on your laptop and computer (or click on the image using any device), and you’ll see the file name. That tells you what I call the piece. You can call it anything you like.

Sometimes, Small Is Good   Leave a comment

I make small cutting boards. Some people use these just for cutting fruit. Or, maybe these boards end up as a dedicated garlic/onion board.

Maybe it’s as big a cutting board as you need.

All good! These may not be big enough to prepare a holiday meal for a large gathering, but they have proven to be one of my most enduring, popular products. Many people add one of these small boards as a 2nd board, a holiday gift … or even use them as I name the thinner version: a cheese board.

In my lexicon, a Cheese Boards is about 8″ x 11″ x 5/8″. A Small Board is thicker, and no larger than 12″ x 12″ x 1″.

The names, though, are really only important to me. These are small cutting boards. This post catches me up with all of this type of board made at the end of the year for holiday giving, Kickstarter supporters and more.

The first few pictures are of a new design of small board that I’m trying. Each is 11″ x 11″ x 7/8″, and have a juice groove for those that prefer that, even on these relatively small boards. Enjoy!

New: Magic Knife Holders   Leave a comment

When my Magic Bottle Openers (AKA MBOs) were introduced, people didn’t understand the magic.

I don’t understand invisible forces, either. I just know it’s magic when a cap is caught out of the air by a piece of wood.

Time will tell if these Magic Knife Holders (MKHs, naturally) will find their audience. Here are the first 4 out of the shop. All are 18″ long, and have loads o’ magic to capture knives & keep them stuck to the MKH.

Each MKH comes with 2 screws for mounting. Hardware is pre-installed. The provided screws will work on wallboard or in wood.

New: Card Boxes   1 comment

I have a plan, and it’s called Game Night. I’m going to launch another kickstarter campaign in 2019; it’ll feature a variety of games and game accessories … like my chess boards and cribbage boards.

The first new product to be introduced for this future campaign are these card boxes.

Yes, I can make boxes. Rarely of late, but I can do them.

Each of these boxes contains 2 decks of playing cards, and have a removable top that can be engraved with an image that you get to choose.

These first boxes are made from Cherry, Bloodwood or Birdseye Maple. The first box was designed to give to my mother … and she liked it.

She really liked it.

With that endorsement, how can these not be a big hit?

The 400th Cutting Board   2 comments

I make a wide variety of things now … but I love making cutting boards.

Having survived loved my wonderful cook of a wife for 40+ years now, I appreciate how a good kitchen tool can make all of the difference.

Happy wife, happy life.

I make cutting boards with her voice in my ear telling me what works & what doesn’t. I combine those, uh, suggestions with my love of color and symmetry to deliver cutting boards that will last you for decades.

In 2018, I ramped up production at the end of the year to have a wide variety of boards for the big, big events that preceded the holidays. This board was the 400th piece in my inventory – the first time ever that I’ve had that many things ready for sale at one time.

Rare air. It lasted for a weekend … and then inventory dove as the holiday season progressed. Back to the shop!

Cutting Board 18 – 747. Purpleheart, Hard Maple & Jatoba. End Grain. 14″ x 20″ x 1-1/2″.

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The 350th Cutting Board (8/16/18)

The 300th Cutting Board, 3rd Time ‘Round (4/27/18)

The 300th Cutting Board, 2nd Time ‘Round (4/4/18)

The 300th Cutting Board (2/9/18)

The 250th Cutting Board: Back In The Pig Business (10/13/17)

The 250th Cutting Board (4/8/17)

The 200th Cutting Board, 6th Time ‘Round (2/9/17)

The 200th Cutting Board, 5th Time ‘Round (11/30/16)

The 200th Cutting Board, 4th Time ‘Round (10/7/16)

The 200th Cutting Board, Third Time ‘Round (8/5/16)

The 200th Cutting Board, 8 Months Later (4/9/16)

The 200th Cutting Board (9/18/15)

Protecting Stuff Since 2017   2 comments

I need better signage.

I started making trivets to protect tables & counters – and food! – soon after I got my CNC. They continue to be a top seller … even though they confuse many people who don’t understand what this odd looking thing is when they pick it up in my booth.

Maybe I’ll have more time for that soon!

Trivets are 8-1/2″ square, with heat vents in a diagonal pattern across the top and bottom of the trivet. Each trivet is 3/4″ thick, and they nearly always feature a fun color pattern of hardwoods. I do occasionally make trivets with just one species of wood, though I’ve found most people prefer the colorful versions.

Meanwhile, I am now making coasters with cork inserts to protect tables & desks from hot & cold drinks – and condensation.

Everyone knows what a coaster is, thank goodness!

These have always been colorful. I’m yet to try a single species of wood for a coaster. Hmmmm. Maybe next time.

Commissioned Pieces   Leave a comment

I do a lot of wedding & anniversary gifts. Here you see several different styles … as well as a couple of other special orders thrown in.

I have a love/hate relationship with special orders, honestly. Keeping track of them, their individual deadlines & extra steps required for the personalization is another record keeping system that I have to maintain to stay on top of these orders. It’s a wonderful thing, truly – who wouldn’t want to be a part of a wedding as a gift supplier? Lots of love there, and that’s a good thing.

A very good thing.

Also shown are a sign for a restored car’s dash (the Beach Bug sign). It’s a carved sign with painted letters. Similar techniques were used with the making of the final piece, that shows the longitude & latitude for the happy couple’s meeting, engagement & wedding.

Cutting, Display or Serving?   Leave a comment

OK, I’m behind.

Way behind.

I’ve been making stuff, and even taking pictures … and then hurriedly going to events so I have to make more stuff. This cycle has been repeating for 3 months now.

3 months.

So, yes, I’m behind. Many of these items were made months ago, and have already sold! … but I’m just now showing them to you here. Sorry about that.

This includes the very latest stuff for the holiday boutiques, as well, so please enjoy the pretties … because they will be gone soon, I trust!

Signs: Trying For Completion   3 comments

Only a couple more new signs this time: the collection of signs for my booth is just about complete.

I’m out of wall space, for one.

And, now that the display is built out, it’s time to see if people really like these signs enough to buy them, or if they just like to point and laugh. Either way, I think I’ve accomplished my original goal of making the booth more attractive and interesting.

This weekend, I head north to do my first-ever Harvest Festival in San Mateo. This series of events is what the serious vendors do in California.

Time to see if I am serious enough.

Nah. Time to see if I’m happy enough. That’s the ticket.

I’ll be taking my indoor booth setup with 4 mesh walls, and I’ll be setting up a 10’x20′ booth. Hope it all works: after a week in the midwest dealing with the death of a loved one, I’m not sure if going a-vendoring will be a relief or another in a long list of really difficult days.

Time will tell.

Meanwhile, these are the signs that are going with me. Some are new, some are replacements for signs I’ve sold … and all hope to be entertaining.

 

 

The Cribbage Obsession   2 comments

It took me far too long to begin seriously making cribbage boards. When I started … I couldn’t stop. I can’t stop.

I’m obsessed.

I’m currently in the throes of preparation for the largest holiday events, and this year, I’ve committed myself to two very large events. So, I had to get to making. And that’s what I did, as you will see.

These cribbage boards are uniquely designed so you can combine the top of your choice with the bottom of your choice. Two styles are offered: a 3-track, oval design and a 4-track round design.

You get to choose.

I trust that these will prove popular with holiday gift givers. The initial reaction to these has been rather spectacular, honestly, so as I’ve built out more & more options … well, I now have 4 containers filled with, uh, options.

Here are the latest.

Still to come: a simpler 2-track version. God willing, the first ones of those will be done before Thanksgiving.

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This Cribbage Thing Is Catching On

New: Cribbage Board Sets

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