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My First Gift: You Will Be Jealous

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My fabulous Future Roommate (if the weather lets up and we are ever able to move), Dave Knows, has an associate Nathan, who is a master woodworker. I had been told that his work was as good as The Joinery, where they charge $4000 for a dining table. You’ll have to scroll to the bottom to see my gift.


These are a slabs of maple and black walnut.


Here are the pieces cut into 1 and 3/4 inch cubes.


You see where this is going? Are you smelling what he’s cooking?


Wood glue: strong stuff.


Doesn’t this look like fun? Nathan took all these construction photos.


It’s a cutting board, right? An awesome, handmade cutting board. But what sends this particular cutting board over the fricken edge?


It’s in the shape of fucking OREGON! And it’s solid and luscious and smooth and it’s in the shape of fucking OREGON! It’s big enough to play chess on, if you wanted. This is the best cutting board in the world! Thanks to Future Roommate and thanks to Nathan. This is the best gift ever!

You may commence being totally jealous now.


  1. Wow, that is nice! However, your first gift was a bag of goodies from me – I just haven’t been able to get it to you yet.

  2. BTW, Nathan makes lots of other great stuff too. I can get you his 411 if you want to get in touch with him. Email me at heather-at-mile73-dot-com.

  3. Aw. Thanks, Diane. You make gooood goodies. I’ll see you when I get back!

  4. Multitakser! Cutting board and chess board!

  5. Now I understand the move…Dave! I didn’t know you were moving in with him. I guess I’ll let the moving slide. Such a cute place to give up though.
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Totally jealous!!! Maple and Black walnut cutting board. I am such a wood-whore, I hope you will let me caress it when I visit…
    Most excellent present.

  7. “Black: knight to queen’s rook 3, slips on remnant bit of carrot”

  8. You should change the name of this post to, “Oregon shaped, checkerboard Cutting Board!” I bet you would get a lot of hits!

  9. I want one shaped like Nevada

  10. Auntie Laurie says

    Most Impressive, better check your liability ins. for that queen’s rook

  11. A.L.: Better “check” the insurance? My hat is off to you, madam.

  12. That is beautiful. Nothing funny to add.

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