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TrailerBuilder
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PostPosted: Aug 18 2014    Post subject: Added a piece to my cooking arsenal Reply with quote

I have been snooping around and looking for a large cutting board. I found a couple, but they just were not what I was wanting, and apparently they were made of gold and not wood Laughing

I had a young guy in Florida contact me about some questions repairing a trailer he bought on Craigslist to start out with his new lawn care business. I don't normally take on the "help line" role with trailers, but for some reason I felt like helping this kid out. So after a load of emails, text messages and phone calls, we got him up and running and moving along well in his new business venture.

Some how or another during our conversations, me looking for a slab of wood for a cutting board and his father and brother in law owning a small saw mill in Pennsylvania led one thing to another and him calling me one day wanting my mailing address. A few days later, a beautiful slab, and I mean slab of spalted maple showed up on my doorstep.







My uncle has been doing a lot of wood working in his retirement years and I ran the idea of what I was after by him, he was happy to take on the project.




I wanted a large board, with a "bowl" cut into it for all the juices that come out of the meat when slicing. He cut the board down where it has a 1/4" lip all the way around it. He added 5 tapered grooves that will drain the juices to the bowl. This thing turned out awesome! After getting the edges trued up and cleaned up and taking out one bad spot, and then running it through his planer a few times, I have a cutting board now that is 18"x20" by 2" thick.

Finally got it back home and spent yesterday oiling it down. By the time it was all said and done and the wood quit absorbing the oil, I had applied 6 coats. The pics don't do a bit of justice to how this thing actually looks. I figure I better fire up the smoker next weekend and put this thing to the test!








Thanks for looking Very Happy
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Chuck Roast
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PostPosted: Aug 18 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Beautifully done! Nice design!
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PostPosted: Aug 18 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

SWEET! Nice job all around. Congrats on your new board.
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PostPosted: Aug 18 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it's great that the guy on the other end of the help line showed some gratitude for your effort to help him out. That's the way it ought to work but unfortunately we got too many that think you "owez" them something. Nice piece of maple and nice job by your uncle. Sounds like a good day all around.
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PostPosted: Aug 18 2014    Post subject: Cutting Board Reply with quote

What a wonderful "thank you." Looks terrific. Use it in good health. The only thing you didn't mention is the weight. Wonder what that mini-tree weighs?
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PostPosted: Aug 19 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a beautiful board. I have been working on one out of mesquite . I am not as talented as your uncle , so I dont have any drain channles.
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PostPosted: Aug 19 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is AWESOME! I love when things are "paid in kind". Means more to you than an hourly consulting fee and it looks like this young man hit it out of the park (and was raised well)!

Congrats,
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PostPosted: Aug 19 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Troy that's an AWESOME cutting board. That was a nice gift and to have it made to fit your needs. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 19 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wonderful addition and great back story!
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PostPosted: Aug 22 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got to be the finest cutting board I have seen! Never thought about getting Billy badazz with a cutting board. That's tricker than any fine cutting knive collection. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 22 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Aug 22 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a nice piece of lumber. Sgt Stel is right that young man had some good raising.
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PostPosted: Aug 23 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice design on the board, well executed and looks great. The young man with the trailer is worth keep up with, raised right and just a good person. You can not surround yourself with to many good people.
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PostPosted: Aug 24 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love it Troy. Very Happy The larger pics really make the boards beauty come out.
I look forward to seeing it in person this spring, hopefully with a couple of your awesome tri-tips resting on it. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 25 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank You Chuck Roast

Thanks BUGSnBBQ

Smokin Mike, Thanks! It was a fun little project I didn't have to work much on Laughing

Camper Bob, Thank You. I plan to put this one to a lot of good use. Not sure of the final weight, guessing 20-25 pounds, the shipping box was 32 pounds if I remember correctly.

jar, Thank you, hope your board turns out nice.

Sgt. Stel This board is priceless to me. He seems to be a good kid, pretty good business sense to him and acts like he's trying to do things right.

Thank You Paul, I cant wait to put it to good use.

necron99, Thank You, and thanks for looking.

Mike, you know I cant make anything a simple project Laughing

T00lman karma worked out well this time. Thanks for looking.

Justapod Thanks for looking...we still need to catch up for that beer sometime.

crb478, Thank You. Ive been keeping in touch. Hes a good guy, plus he's drawing up a custom trailer he would like built in the future Wink

Thank You Kevin, The spring time gathering should be a blast as always. Might have to do more than a couple tips though bro, not sure what you, Robin and the boys would have while Debbie and I are eating Laughing
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PostPosted: Aug 26 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fantastic work! I'd love to drink any juices collected in the troff.
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PostPosted: Aug 27 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking Good Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 28 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a great looking cutting board. Now that's how you say "Thanks for the help" Very Happy
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PostPosted: Aug 29 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is a pretty fine cutting board Troy!
Great Job !
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PostPosted: Aug 29 2014    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dang that is one sh*t hot looking cutting board you got there Troy. Damn nice. Great idea too. I've been looking for a big cutting board I can use my clever on when pulling whole hog and want to cut the pork down a little. But like you said they make'em out of gold. Take care and congrats brother.

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P.S. Just came off a month long roadtrip. Good to be home.
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