Monday, January 17, 2011

Baguette Board, Week 1

I spent the first couple weeks of the new year doing bookwork, really investigating where the expenses were and where we were profitable. My goal was to enter the new year more educated, with a better understanding of what products to focus on, and what expenses to avoid. That being said, 2010 was not our most profitable year, but we made some purchases that have proven to be well worth the expense.
This year, I have dubbed Mondays as "Media Mondays". I will post photos of the previous week's progress, keeping my followers updated more often with what is happening in the workshop. Hopefully, as people check out our website, they will click the blogger link and read about our most current project. So let's get started!
Last week, I began working on a baguette board. I was inspired by a cutting board that I saw in the gift shop at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City. It was longer than your average cutting board, but narrow. I designed mine extra long, at 36", 8" wide, and about 1 3/8" thick. The ends will have a slight curve to soften the look a bit. There never seems to be enough length on a regular cutting board when making garlic bread. This new board will take care of that!

The photos show the progression from where I started through glue up. Some of the boards in this project were pulled off an old piano that was left in our house when we bought it. Using reclaimed wood might be a recurring theme this year as I attempt to cut back on lumber expenses. On the bottom of the cutting board, there are a few nail holes from the old piano that I think add character to the piece.


  1. Are you getting the final thickness, after glue-up, via a planer or sander?

  2. Bruce, the final thickness is the result of passing it thru the planer a couple of times on each side, and then joining the sides square. So far so good.
    Dale, I like the idea of Media Mondays too. Let's see how long I can keep it up!

  3. What glue do you find to be best for your work? Or is that too sticky a question..??

  4. I like Elmer's wood glue the best. It is on the thicker side, and I like that. Right now, I am using Titebond and I find it to be too thin. I have used Titebond3(?) and I hated it. Not only was it too thin, but it seeped out of the joints a little after the finish was applied and needed to be sanded back down.