Design a wooden vessel or utensil to be used in some manner for Thanksgiving dinner.
When I got this assignment, I immediately thought this is going to be challenging. But when I went to class on Monday and we had a fun lecture on product design and the process, it helped ease some of the tension I was feeling. It allowed me to be more thoughtful instead of fearful.
We did an exercise in class where we broke into groups of 4-5 people and jotted down as many ideas as we could on a post-it. That was really helpful because it got me thinking creatively about the assignment.
I think I am going to research a wooden vessel or utensil. I went on line and looked up different vessels and utensils. I got some graphic ideas on how I want things to look.
No sets so this rules out the utensils i.e. Spoon, Fork and Spatula
1. One item looks wimpy by itself
2. I kinda like the Sustainable Rolling Pin idea
3. The only thing is I buy readymade crust
Ideas I really like
I think I like the idea of the Sustainable Utensil Holder Rack
1. The Functionality is dual purpose
2. Eco-Shaker Style
We had another fun lecture where we were able to design the interior of kitchen prep area! This was really great to work with students from different disciplines and come up with a quick design.
I am so excited! We are going to The Bachelor Farmer and tour kitchens!
Womp! I left my camera so I don't have any pics, but I did take mental notes.
I love the entryway with its different flooring, and the bar area with its painted painters tape. It looks like the artwork was done by a local artist. During the tour, I found out that they did not distress any of the finishes. It was all natural wear and tear. The reason for the different woods in the entryway was due to the wood being replaced because it had rotted.
In the kitchen, the Chef showed us a serving utensil that was handmade by a local artist. It was a serving board, but it looked like a cutting board. I immediately thought this would be what I want to make because I am leaning towards making a utensil out of reclaimed wood ... I want do something sustainable. So, now I think I have narrowed it down. I am going to make a cutting board that has dual functions ... it can be used as a cutting board as well as a serving tray.
Off to Lowes I go! I went to Lowes to buy wood, so I brought in my sample cabinetry wood to show the kind I was looking for. The gentleman told me I had good wood that would work well together. He said that I just needed to sand it and glue it together and then I would have a great base. I ask what type of glue would be best and he suggested Gorilla Wood Glue. He also said to use clamps after I glue the wooden pieces together. I bought a bottle of Gorilla Wood Glue and I told him I could find clamps at my woodshop on campus. So I took all of my sample cabinet woods and I repurposed them in the woodshop.
I spoke with experts at Rapson Hall and they agreed that the woods would work well together. They warned me to limit myself to only gluing three wooden pieces together so that I would not have issues of joining too many pieces. They suggested that I sand the wood to remove stain and comeback to see them when that was completed.
I went back to see them after I had sanded 6 samples of cabinet cherry wood. It took such a long time and my hands were hurting ... they warned me it would take some time. I used a 120-grit sanding paper. Of course, I over sanded the wood as well as sanded all the sides. I had no idea I was only supposed to sand the top and back of the woods as it would be used for the cutting/serving board surface. Now all my woods were uneven and off. They now had to introduce me to a new tool ... the cutting saw.
This was a scary process because the saw was mechanical and it moved pretty fast. I got the hang of it, but it was not until I was done using it. I was now ready to learn how to use the clampers.
I applied the Gorilla Wood Glue ... it had to be consistently disbursed. I set the clampers where they were not too tight ... I let them set for 1 hour.
When I came back, my shop guide was getting off work so he introduced me to Patrick. I told him that I wanted to add an inset to my cutting board/server, so he showed me how to use the in-graver/burner. It was a difficult, time consuming process. We did a sample on a piece of scrape wood and after seeing how it looked, I decided that I was going to do away with the inset. I did not like the look of it on the scale of my cutting board/server.
Iterative process: Now back to my sketches to see my other ideas ... to see which direction I will go. I like the look of the cutting board with a handle so I am going add handles to my cutting board.
Ideas of different placements of handles
Okay! I want to add the handles to the side to allow for more room on the top surface. I have to measure to figure out where I need to line the dots to drill holes.
I took the time to measure, which took me forever. Finally, once I had the marks even and ready to drill, I found out that it would not work because of the way my handles were made. So now I have to refine my idea of having the handles on the side. I now have to figure out what will work best for the dimensions of my cutting/serving board to get the most function out of it.
I think I will add two handles on the top ... 1" away from the left and right ends of the board. This will allow for it to be a cutting/serving board. I now have to go and figure out where to mark the top of the board so that I can drill my handles evenly to the board.
Oh, no! I put the holes on the top where my handles are supposed to be and I wanted this to be the top of my cutting/serving board. The holes for the screws are supposed to be on the bottom. Oh well, I have to keep going because if I switch the holes it will show and that would not look good.
I screwed in all the screws and one is not tight enough. I went back to the woodshop to ask Patrick what could be the problem. He tried screwing it in manually and he had no luck. So he took the screw out and looked at the hole I drilled. He realized that I needed to drill a bit more. I drilled a tad bit more and it worked. Now all my screws were tight. My cutting/serving board is ready to be oiled.
Overall, I am satisfied with my cutting/serving board. It is repurposed cherry wood that I sanded for hours; cut/re-cut; glued together; sanded again; and eventually affixed handles to. I had to soak it in oil for 24 hours.
I like the fact that it is a sustainable design ... that was a labor of love. It goes back to what the Chef at The Bachelor Farmer was saying ... that handmade kitchen utensils add a personable touch and a certain charm. I find my cutting/serving board very charming and it will be a nice touch on the table for Thanksgiving. Doubling as my cutting board and serving tray!!!
To cut, serve and protect your foods. This beautiful board is made from cabinet sample cherry wood, fitted with nickel handles and given a simple, easy to maintain olive oil treatment. This board's grain will be slightly different, but is lovely. Use it for everything you would normally use a cutting board for... and then some.
• Repurposed cabinet sample cherry wood
• Nickel handles
• 12" x 8"
• Made in the USA by Tawana~
Cleaning Advice: Use a damp cloth. Please do not soak for extended periods. Re-treat by rubbing the board with olive oil or a food-safe oil of your choice.
Note: Caution ... I learned today during my critic that Mineral Oil will preserve the wood; so I would advise to maintain the beauty of this cutting/serving board with Mineral Oil treatments every so often as olive/vegetable oil can go rancid.
Revisions: I will be re-soaking the cutting/serving board in mineral oil to preserve its beauty!