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I’ve written a Purpose,  updated my Portfolio of wood furniture and wood art, and, added a section on woodworking Workshops.

Woodworking is a passion for me, and I love learning (always learning), teaching and writing about wood projects I’ve created.

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Handmade Cherry Cutting Board

Easy kitchen prep with food safe finish!

Design Details:

Cherry w walnut inlayThis handmade cutting board measures 12 by 11 ½ inches and is made from Maine grown cherry with a walnut – pine – walnut curved inlay.

Cherry is best in applications where hardness and strength are important, such as: butcher blocks, flooring, workbench tops, etc.

Key Features:

  • Kitchen prep is made easier with this solid, 100% cherry wood cutting board
  • Cherry construction will not dull your knifes and the design features rounded edges
  • Each block is hand made so each will have its own unique look and characteristics (the grain is matched for attractiveness)
  • Completely food safe oil finished and conditioned on all sides (food-grade mineral oil along with the water-resistant traits of beeswax and carnauba wax, and vitamin E, rejuvenates the wood and prevents drying and cracking)
  • The inlay of walnut, pine and walnut blends with the cherry grain and adds a dramatic element
  • Walnut pads provide easy lifting and add to the design
  • Handmade in Maine.

James R Vander Schaaf

Furniture and Woodworking


Square Cherry Hanging Mirror

Unique inlaid design!

Design Details

The mirror design is attractive and unique with mitered joints and contrasting wood inlay. The design incorporates a 12 inch square beveled glass mirror in a 3 inch wide surround of Cherry with an inlay of white spruce. Overall dimensions are 15 ½ by 15 ½ inches.Final Chair

Cherry frame pieces were selected and matched for appeal and attractiveness of the grain. The mitered joints were joined with birch biscuits and Titebond glue.

The finish is Minwax’s Wipe-On Poly: it was chosen since it provides a durable clear finish that combines polyurethane protection with classic, hand rubbed beauty.

Made in Maine

James R Vander Schaaf