Best Places To Purchase Wood Items For Your Kitchen

A few months ago I decided to join a Woodworking group on Facebook.  I find it really interesting when people can craft things into something new.  It’s interesting to watch this piece of wood become a chair or an entertainment center.  Maybe that’s the Pisces in me enjoying other people’s creativity, but it got me thinking.  Where do these people buy wood from?  

Obviously some of them have their own wood via trees on their property, but what if you don’t have the machinery to cut wood?  Is there a place you can go to purchase wood?  Well, I collected a few interesting places these guys and gals go for their wood and I would like to share it with you!

Lumberyards

According to a lot of the people in the group, if you go to a lumberyard where they have the equipment to cut down trees into smaller sections, they will actually offer you a VERY cheap price for leftover wood and trim.  Because this comes right from the lumberyard it tends to not be coated with any crap, you would usually have it coated with if you were to purchase it from another wood store which means instead of harsh chemicals, you can instead use your own natural coatings, if you choose to do so.

Amazon

Amazon actually has a lot of wood types available on their website.  In some cases the shipping is free, in other cases you can use your Prime Membership to get free shipping and in other cases you would have to pay for shipping – but if you find a really great piece you can’t live without, this might be the best option for you.

Here are a few prime examples of wood options on Amazon:

Wooden Cubes

These come in different quantities from 50 to 3500 blocks.  Woodpecker, the company that sells them, says these are perfect for toys, wood widdling, DIY crafts and more.

Wooden Dowel Rods

These come in 25 to 5000 dowel rods.  Dowels can really be used for all sorts of things; making a twin dispenser, create a wooden lantern, organization tactics like rolling wrapping paper up, creating signs, using them on the bottom of figures for a large tier cake, making a magazine holder, etc.  

Cocobolo rosewood

These are true cocobolo rosewood with the scientific name dalbergia retusa. They are from an extremely dry area in Nicaragua and have very tight growth rings and lots of burls, swirls, and beautiful colors (reds, yellows, oranges, and lots of black stripes!).  These are great for making pool cues, flutes, batons, bagpipes, and other beautiful turnings.

Pen Blank 5 Pack

This pack of pen blanks contains the following species: Purple Heart, Zebrawood, Sapele, Walnut, Padauk. Each blank is at least 3/4 squared by 5″ long and has been kiln dried”

Walnut Wood

Choose from the ten different species they offer. Each board has been cut down to either 7/8″x4″x12″ OR 7/8″x4″x24″, sanded and planed on two sides. You will receive three pieces at the dimensions mentioned above in one package. Color tones and grain may vary from photo as this is a natural product.

Hard Maple Lumber

Great for cutting boards and other small woodworking projects where a dense wood is desired.

Zebrawood Lumber

Each piece measures a full 3/4″ x 4″ x 12. Solid Zebrawood Lumber.  Zebrawood is coveted among woodworkers for its striking grain pattern and is commonly used for accent pieces

Wood Stores Online

There are also wood stores online where you can buy things like; lumber, wood, birch and more.  One website I really like is https://www.woodworkerssource.com.  They have:

Lumber

Domestic

Exotic

Hobby Boards

Thin Lumber

Lumber Packs

Outdoor Woods

Cutting Board Woods

Hardwood

Sheet Goods

Baltic Birch Plywood

Veneer (Paperback)

Veneer (Raw)

Edge Banding

They seem to have a lot of sales and specials as well.

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Small Kitchen Remodeling Ideas That Add A Huge Impact

If you are doing some kitchen remodeling, you can incorporate small design details that go a long way to make your kitchen more practical yet still appealing. Make your kitchen cozier, more functional, and more appealing with the following ideas:

Add A Built-in Kitchen Soap Dispenser

Having a dispenser makes it easier to use soap without having to deal with slippery and sudsy plastic soap containers or slimy soap bars. You can choose a design that comes with a swivel top or some similar special touches to make using the dispenser easier.

To add appeal, you can choose one that fits the interior design of your kitchen. You have several options such as stainless steel, bronze, or chrome so that the dispenser fits in beautifully with the rest of the kitchen.


Opting for granite countertops for your kitchen may have a huge trendy impact. A well-chosen built-in soap dispenser may not have a similarly big or chic impact, but it certainly adds appeal and convenience to your kitchen.

Use Under-cabinet Lighting

Under-cabinet lighting adds both functionality and appeal to your kitchen. It is an easy, practical, and inexpensive way to promote task efficiency, mood lighting, and visual depth.

Research shows that women spend a lot of time working on a variety of tasks in the kitchen. It makes sense to install under-cabinet lighting to make this particular workspace easier, safer (read: improved sanitation in terms of food preparation), and more convenient.

The use of under-cabinet light fixtures is energy-efficient, particularly if you opt to install cost-efficient LED under-cabinet lighting. You can expect to save on your energy bill — savings which you can utilize for other home design projects you may want to pursue.

Layered lighting is also gentle on the eyes. It helps eliminate the harshness and glare of overhead kitchen lights.
Under-cabinet light fixtures are easy to install. You can even install puck, tape, or linear lights yourself. You can set them up quickly and without much effort or difficulty.

In addition, under-cabinet lighting makes the kitchen look more vibrant. You can bring your kitchen to life simply by adding accent, task, or ambient under-cabinet lighting.

Opt For Soft-close Cabinets And Drawers

When you’re undergoing kitchen remodeling, one of the best decisions you can make is to install drawers and cabinets with soft-close mechanisms.
Soft-close mechanisms allow you to shut a drawer or cabinet smoothly and quietly. It eliminates irritating slamming that may cause drawers to crack and fragile items to break.

The soft-close mechanism also ensures safety, particularly for little hands that may get pinched when drawers are slammed quickly and forcefully.


Drawers and cabinets are likely to function longer with this mechanism. There is less stress on the drawer rails, as well as on the hinges and stops on kitchen doors and drawers. There is less need for expensive maintenance and/or repair.

Kitchen remodeling does not have to be expensive. There are many simple yet remarkable details that you can add to include a touch of both convenience and luxury to your kitchen.

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New Feature On The Lemon Plum

If you’ve been visiting The Lemon Plum for awhile now you might have noticed that none of the images are clickable.  The only thing that is usually clickable are the actual links in the posts.  This has now officially changed.  Any posts you see for now on that include images to stories, products, accessories or services WILL be linked.  This is to serve the readers better and allow you to use your time more wisely.

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The Best Wood Cutting Boards For Your Kitchen

If you do ANY kind of cooking in your kitchen, you will need a cutting board eventually. While cutting boards come in all sorts of shapes, sizes and colors, they also come in different materials. In this article I want to talk about wood cutting boards for your kitchen. In my opinion wood and plastic seem to be the most commonly used materials and I know they are the 2 materials I like the best. Glass is also a possibility, but the reason I don’t like glass is because it can dull your knife pretty quickly and, lets be honest, glass cutting boards are NOISY! Below you will see some of the best wood cutting boards for your kitchen.

I am also very particular about any boards I use. I don’t like lips, I don’t like motes, I don’t like weird curved edges. They get in the way. Just give me a plain old flat wood board any day of the week. But I know some people are different so I will include a few “decorative” options as well.

Prep Series Cutting Boards by Epicurean, 3 Piece, Natural

This is a good option for those of you that cut different quantities of items OR you want to use each board for a different food and don’t want to worry about cross-contamination. You could use the smaller one for something like herbs and garlic, shallots, green onions, etc. The medium one could be for fruits and vegetables. The bigger one could be used strictly for meat. These do come in 2, 4, 5 pieces as well. If you don’t like “natural” there is also a black color as well.

“Cutting on an epicurean cutting board will not dull your knives because the surface will score slightly, which helps it protect your knife’s edge. Epicurean has a company eco initiative commitment. They are green guard certified, and use sustainable manufacturing practices with minimal recyclable packaging. Epicurean features a set of 2 prep series wood composite cutting boards. These boards measure 17 by 11 by 3/16-Inch thick, 14.5 by 9.5 by 3/16-Inch thick and 10 by 7 by 3/16-Inch thick. They are heat resistant up to 350-Degree and are designed with a handle opening on the end of the board. Dishwasher safe. Made in USA from trees harvested under the guidelines of the north America sustainable forestry standards”

Vremi VRM020022N Cutting-Boards, Red


Now these do have a little decorative edge to them – they also have a hole that you can use to pick the board up easier, or hang it. This one is red, but there is also a green color. This one also includes 3 different sizes – the biggest one is HUGE and specifically meant for carving roasts, shredded beef, steak, ribs, etc.

“The Vremi Home Slice Cutting Boards Set includes small, medium and large chopping boards in durable, eco friendly, antimicrobial bamboo wood. The large cutting board gives you enough space to slice and dice multiple vegetables at a time for soup, roasting or stir fry recipes. The medium and small boards are great for single ingredient recipe prep. Each cutting board features a juice groove lip to catch liquids from cut fruits or meats.”

Architec GWAT16N Gripperwood Cutting Board, Acacia, 12′ X 16′ X .78′

I think that we have already ascertained that I like modern stained woods. This is Acacia, which has a sort of walnut coloring to it; its a deep brown, it has no edges, no weird indents or grooves. Its just a regular old board and definitely one that I would personally buy! This one also has soft grip feet on the bottom so you can cut away and not have to worry about the board sliding all over the place.

“The Architec gripper acacia cutting board is functional and beautiful. Extra durable cutting surface with a rich, warm grain. Food safe moisture seal makes this board an ultimate low maintenance wood board. Soft feet grip counter top. Patented process permanently secures gripper feet inside of wood (no glue).”

Michigan Maple Block AGA01812 18 x 12 x 1.75″ Maple Cutting Board


Now this is an option if you would prefer to leave the board out rather than put it back away in a cabinet or a drawer. Its attractive enough to leave out, plus it will add some height and level differences between your counter and the board itself. It has a nice mineral finish and its in maple. Maple is known to be one of the toughest and most durable wood cutting boards for your kitchen. This is definitely one to consider – and its less than $50.  Considering this is maple and its LESS than $50, its safe to say this is going to be hard to beat when it comes to wood cutting boards for your kitchen.

“This wood cutting board made using beautiful hard maple. It’s durable, functional, and reversible. Use one side for slicing meat and the other side for chopping vegetables. Wood cutting boards are suitable for a variety of uses.Material: Maple Length: 18″ Width: 12″ Thickness: 1-3/4″ Mineral oil finish Reversible Radius edge NSF Certified 1 Year Manufacturers Defect Warranty.”

Teak Cutting Board – Rectangle Carving Board With Hand Grip (24 x 18 x 1.5 in.)


Another very attractive wood board. This one is made from teak – which is also a very strong material. It works, feels and looks a lot like bamboo. “The rectangle carving board with hand grips by teakhaus is part of the series nicknamed “the last cutting board you’ll ever need” by cook’s illustrated magazine & america’s test kitchen.This edge grain board is known for its durability and longevity. Teaks resistance to moisture and abundant natural oils make it an ideal wood for culinary applications. This wood cutting board is not only spacious enough for large family parties, but the added hand grips make this large carving board easy to move, and even easier to clean. Minimal care, simply wash with soapy water and apply mineral oil occasionally.”

So there ya have. My list of wood cutting boards for your kitchen. Are there more? Of course! in fact, if you want to check other options out simply follow this link to do so.

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Finish For Cutting Boards…

I know, its been awhile since I wrote anything, I have just been super busy with other projects!  However, I belong to a woodworking group on Facebook and someone just asked an interesting, albeit crazy question (to me) about finish for cutting boards.  To be fair:

1- The wood working group is MADE for begginers so you will have people on there that have no idea what they are doing.

and

2- Wood you can use for furniture vs wood you can use for food is incredibly different – like a whole other world.  So I dont necassarily blame the guy for asking this question, but uh I don’t know, I would think it would be common sense?

The question was:  Can I use finished hardwood for a cutting board?

No.  You cannot.  You should not.  You shan’t!  I mean finished hardwood is alright to walk on and live with everyday.  But to eat and cut on it?  Never!  A finish for cutting boards should be; non-toxic, food friendly, and food safe.  Here are some better options for finish for cutting boards:

Pure tung oil. Extracted from the nut of the china wood tree. Used as a base in many blended finishes. Available from catalogs and hardware stores. Difficult to apply, requires many coats, good water-resistance.

Raw linseed oil. Pressed from flax seeds. Not to be confused with boiled linseed, which contains metallic driers. Listed as a food additive by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Very long curing time, good looks, low water-resistance, frequent reapplication.

Mineral oil. Although derived from petroleum, it is colorless, odorless, tasteless and entirely inert. Sold as a laxative in drug stores and as a wood finish in hardware and kitchen-supply stores. Simple to apply, low waterresistance, frequent reapplication.

Walnut oil. Pressed from the nuts of the walnut tree. Sold as a salad oil in health food stores and in large grocery stores. Walnut oil dries and won’t go rancid. Easy to apply, frequent reapplication.

Beeswax. The work of the honey bee. Can be mixed with an oil to create a better-smelling, slightly more waterrepellent finish. Sold in woodworking and turning catalogs.

Carnauba wax. Derived from the Brazilian palm tree. Harder than beeswax and more water-resistant. Can be used straight on wooden-ware as a light protective coating or a topcoat polish. Sold in woodworking and turning catalogs.

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