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How Do We Make our Cutting Boards

We love it when people come up to us and ask “how do we make our cutting boards?”.  Sometimes we get comments like “I use to make these in high school during woodshop.” or “My dad used to be a woodworker, love your work!”.  All comments are welcome!  It validates our work and we love it.  But we thought we would write down the fundamentals of how we make our products.  Simple.

  1. We start with our raw materials – unused scrap hardwoods.
  2. Cut the scrap hardwoods evenly – because they are scrap woods, they come in all different sizes.  As long as it is unused, untreated and hardwood we will work with it.  Each cut is different depending upon the size of the board we are making.
  3. Plane the cuts so it’s easier to glue together.
  4. Glue the cuts together and clamp them with high pressure clamps.  Wipe off excess glue.
  5. Let dry overnight.
  6. Release clamps and plane down the glued board.  This may take a few passes in order to have an even surface to work with.
  7. Once even, sanding begins.  The board goes through a double sanding machine then hand sanded to get even more of a smoother surface.
  8. Round off the edges.
  9. You’re DONE!

BBQ Season is Just Around the Corner

Get ready!  Just look around the stores, bbq grills are out, patio furnitures are on sale and the whole community is getting ready for the summer.  Of course, we would need to get over the awful weather the country has been having and bring out the sun in order to celebrate the BBQ season properly.

But … nothing says barbecue than a great piece of yummy BBQ meat, grilled to perfection and a cutting board to slice and serve on.  Yup!  I said cutting board.  After all, when you BBQ, you’re not just barbecuing for yourself, it’s for the whole gang (that and beer completes it)!

Now finding the right BBQ cutting board may be a challenge.  Not too many plastic ones out there to choose from especially one that has juice grooves.  But you can narrow the choices down by shopping online doing your research in checking out what’s out there.  Here’s a great article on the essential tools you’ll need as a barbecue master.  My vote?  Consider a wood cutting board.  It’s sturdy, it’s gorgeous and it look like it belongs right next to your BBQ grill.  Juices will continue to flow out as your guests help themselves to the slices of wonderment you are serving.  That’s where the gravy channel comes in handy.  Au jus galore!  Enjoy!

Mac Cutting Boards at SobeWFF

Two years ago this month, our small company went to Miami, Florida to be in the South Beach Food & Wine Festival SOBEWFF.  What an experience!  We were completely star strucked!  We met famous celebrity chefs such as Guy Fieri, Geoffrey and Margaret ZakarianAarón Sánchez, and much more!  We had no idea what to expect.  We spent our time and energy putting together custom engraved cutting boards with their logos for celebrity chefs to take with them in hopes for some recognition.  You can call it a marketing for us.  It was a stretch.  After all, we’re a “mom and pop” small business with ambition to grow like all small businesses.

How did it go? Well, we didn’t hear from anyone really in the months to come.  We gave away our boards, met these wonderful people and had a great time in Miami, Florida.  Later that year, the Zakarians decided to reach out and asked us to make their Christmas gifts for their friends and family … our custom engrave cutting boards designed just for them!  The following year, we made more cutting boards for their Valentine’s dinner at the Lamb’s Club and they loved it!  This year, we’re looking into potentially doing more custom engraved cutting boards for a variety of events they and their partners will be doing all year long.  So, the moral of the story, plant a seed in your garden, you just need to believe it will grow into something beautiful.

Pick the Right Cutting Board for You!

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Stuck on what cutting board to buy? How to pick from the variety of options that are out there? Check out my top 5 guidelines to consider when selecting the right cutting board for you.

1. Choose plastic or wood. That’s it. Narrow the choices. Make your life way easier.  I found a great blog on it.  Check it out … Rodale’s Organic Life.

2. If your choice is plastic, ask yourself why do you want to buy a plastic cutting board. Lightweight, easy maintenance and functional are all what you should consider. Not style. Generally, plastic comes in different colors, maybe some design but in the end, it is still a plastic cutting board.

3. If your choice is wood, YAY! First, make sure you select a hardwood cutting board. Soft woods can be too soft and will not be able to withstand long term usage. There are varieties of hardwoods out there for you to select – maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany hardwoods are just a few common hardwoods available. More exotics woods are purple heart, brazilian cherry, padauk, yellow heart and koa hardwoods. Also, wood is a natural fighter of bacteria. Check out this article from Dean O. Cliver PhD.  It is a study about how wood cutting boards are safer than plastic cutting boards.

4. Consider weight and size. What will you be using it for? Serving cheese at your next wine and cheese party? Perhaps, carving a roasted turkey or prime rib at a family function? Or maybe you are an avid BBQer and just need a hearty chopping board next to you to slice, dice and cut your meats the way you want it. Either way, it can make the difference from selecting a my guide or an extra large cutting board.

5. Why are you buying a new cutting board? A gift? To replace your old one? Think about the style and colors you like or the person/family you are buying for. Kitchen decor and taste is also a consideration. Do you want it to match or simply stand out? My advice is pick the cutting board that you find aesthetically pleasing to you and go with it. More than likely, everyone else will feel the same when they see the new cutting board in your kitchen.

In the end, you want to select a cutting board that you feel good about. Get bragging rights to a fabulous cutting board that everyone will wonder where you got it. Now that’s worth your time finding the right cutting board for you.

Barbecue Season is Here!

BBQ Boards

Nothing says barbecue than a great piece of barbecue meat and a cutting board to slice it on.  Yup!  I said cutting board.  After all, when you barbecue, you’re not just barbecuing for yourself, it’s for the whole gang!  So you’re going to need a very big cutting board or a barbecue cutting board.  One that has juice grooves to capture all the meat juices.  YUM!  Turn it into au jus or super yummy gravy.  Either way, nothing goes to waste.

Now finding the right barbecue cutting board may be a challenge.  Not too many plastic ones out there to choose from especially one that has juice grooves.  But you can narrow the choices down by shopping online doing your research in checking out what’s out there.  Here’s a great article on the essential tools you’ll need as a barbecue master.  My vote?  Consider a wood cutting board.  It’s sturdy, it’s gorgeous and it look like it belongs there right next to your barbecue grill.  Plus, you can keep your meats right on the board for serving.  Juices will continue to flow out as your guests help themselves to the slices of wonderment you are serving.  Oh my goodness!  Mmmmmm Mmmmmm good!

Gifts for Groomsmen

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Picking out groomsmen gifts isn’t easy.  Our advice is very simple.  Customized, personalized and unique.  You really can’t go wrong.  Make each groomsmen gift different from the other, however, it can fall under any general category.  Be creative, be conscience, be honest.  Keep in mind, what you like … more than likely, your groomsmen will also like.  Just as a rule a thumb.

For example:

  1.  Bottle openers
  2.  Pens
  3.  Coffee mugs, shot glasses, beer glasses

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Pretty general but these categories can hit home with each individual.  For example, getting a wall mounted bottle opener with they favorite beer or soda or perhaps if they were in the armed forces such as Army, Navy, Marines or Air Force as the bottle opener logo’d then engraving the backing with their initials.  Perhaps, engraving their time in service.  Original and brilliant!

cropped-IMG_88821.jpgFor the chef that is your buddy or best man, perhaps a custom cutting board completely engraved with their nickname you’ve always had for him or fraternity symbol remembering your youth in college.  Adding a saying like “kiss the cook” or something that you often say engraved and immortalized in a cutting board.  HA!  Not only will he enjoy the gag, but he will forever remember the moment you so rekindled for him.

Selecting a groomsmen gift doesn’t have to be difficult.  It just has to resonate with you.

Get a Cutting Board as a Closing Gift

Custom engraved cutting boards

Closing Gift IdeasLet’s face it, a kitchen is not a kitchen without a cutting board, right?  The one essential tool (along side a knife and a pot) that you need in order to function properly in that space inside your client’s new home.  A cutting board shouldn’t just be dull or boring.  Bring it to life by engraving it!  Yes!  A custom engraved cutting board not only says “thank you” for your business, but it creates a lasting relationship for years to to come!  Plastic couldn’t do that.

A custom engraved cutting board can function is a variety of ways.  Check it out.

Custom engraved cutting board1. Retirement gift – great way to say “thank you” for all the years of service they gave.  What an heirloom it would be for that employee.  Guarantee, they will display it and not use it.

2. Birthday gift or graduation gift – need I say more?  For the cooks that love to cook.  Perfect!  For those BBQers out there, the larger the cutting board the better!

3. Anniversary or wedding gift – best handmade gift you can get!  Who else is going to think outside the wedding registry?

So the next time you’re looking at options for closing gifts, think of the “WOW FACTOR” and consider a custom engraved cutting board.  It will look fabulous!

What is the Right Cutting Board for You?

Mac Cutting BoardsStuck on what cutting board to buy?  How to pick from the variety of options that are out there?  Check out my top 5 guidelines to consider when selecting the right cutting board for you.

1.  Choose plastic or wood.  That’s it.  Narrow the choices.  Make your life way easier.

2.  If your choice is plastic, ask yourself why do you want to buy a plastic cutting board.  Lightweight, easy maintenance and functional are all what you should consider.  Not style.  Generally, plastic comes in different colors, maybe some design but in the end, it is still a plastic cutting board.

3.   If your choice is wood, YAY!  First, make sure you select a HARDWOOD cutting board.  Soft woods can be too soft and will not be able to withstand long term usage.  There are varieties of hardwoods out there for you to select – maple, cherry, walnut and mahogany hardwoods are just a few common hardwoods available.  More exotics woods are purple heart, brazilian cherry, padauk, yellow heart and koa hardwoods.  Also, wood is a natural fighter of bacteria.  Check out this article from the University of Wisconsin.  It is a study about how wood cutting boards are safer than plastic cutting boards.

4.   Consider weight and size.  What will you be using it for?  Serving cheese at your next wine and cheese party?  Perhaps, carving a roasted turkey or prime rib at a family function?  Or maybe you are an avid BBQer and just need a hearty chopping board next to you to slice, dice and cut your meats the way you want it.  Either way, it can make the difference from selecting a my guide or an extra large cutting board.

5.  Why are you buying a new cutting board?  A gift?  To replace your old one?  Think about the style and colors you like or the person/family you are buying for.  Kitchen decor and taste is also a consideration.  Do you want it to match or simply stand out?  My advice is pick the cutting board that you find aesthetically pleasing to you and go with it.  More than likely, everyone else will feel the same when they see the new cutting board in your kitchen.

In the end, you want to select a cutting board that you feel good about.  Get bragging rights to a fabulous cutting board that everyone will wonder where you got it.  Now that’s worth your time finding the right cutting board for you.

 

Why Closing Gifts?

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Start thinking of your closing gift the moment you’ve met your clients.  When you are in the market for the best closing gifts, you often ask yourself “what should I give my clients?”.  Let me give you 5 reasons why you should give a closing gift.

  1. Your client will remember you after close of escrow.
  2. Great way to obtain future referrals from a client you already have.
  3. Potential increase on your business with your referrals you will obtain.
  4. Your client will NEVER forget you, your name or the company you represent.
  5. A tax deduction especially if you put your company logo on it.  I’m not a tax expert so consult your CPA on this.

Keep in mind that you should give the gift that is memorable in itself.  Personalizing and customizing any gift will do the trick!  Here are some ideas on what to personalize on your closing gift.

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  1. The family name of your client.
  2. The closing date of escrow – the official date they own the home.  This is especially fabulous when is it the client’s first home.
  3. The street address (not the city or state).  For example, 123 Walnut Way
  4. “Welcome to your new home”
  5. Congratulations from “your name”
  6. “Welcome Home!”
  7. “Thank you from “your name””
  8. “Home is Where the Heart is”
  9. “No Place Like Home”
  10. Monogram of the letter of the client’s last name

Personalize the gift with at least 2 lines.  What you don’t want is a closing gift that is short-lived.  A closing gift should not take away from the tradition of keeping in touch with your clients throughout the years such as sending a note or a birthday card.  But your first impression of “thank you” (in my opinion) should be a lasting one.  Check out a few links below on some of the closing gifts I would like to receive from my realtor.

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Pinterest gives you plenty of ideas for anything handmade either by you or by someone else.  The idea is go out and get one!  You can never go wrong when give a gift.  Because a gift always provides the recipient the message of that you thought of them more than just a client.  Now are there “cons” to provide a closing gift?  Well, again in my opinion” … yes.  It is one more additional step to do when closing the deal.  But when you want to stay connected, doing that extra step can mean the difference between a “top sales realtor” to just a “realtor”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personalized Wedding Gifts – Custom Engrave Cutting Boards

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

Custom Engraved Cutting Board

What a great idea!  Nothing says original and unique than a personalized gift.  When going to a wedding and you are considering a wedding gift, think of these 3 factors before you make your decision to buy one:

1. What does the couple need?

2. Do they have a bridal registry?

3. Do you want to give the gift of “WOW”?

 

Wedding Invitation Design

Wedding Invitation Design

Customizing a gift is just that – personalized just for the happy couple.  So what do you say?  Here’s a few suggestions:

1. Write the bride and groom’s first name on the 1st line then the date of their wedding on the 2nd line.

2. A saying that you are connected with them.  “Kiss the Cook!” as the example above.

3. The design on their wedding invitation.  Now talk about original!

Not only are you wanting to be unique, but also you want your gift to be used and enjoyed for many years to come.  Consider your options when purchasing a gift.  I for one, am not a huge fan of bridal registry, however, it is sometimes a necessity as they usually put on their list items they will need.  But I say, consider a handmade gift.  Something that comes from the heart.  A gift with not only a lot of thought into it, but also a lot of love.

 

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