Board arrived yesterday. It arrived shrink wrapped and with a nice coating of wax/oil on it. It was then wrapped in foam and taped and then packaged up in kind of a muslin bag which I'm told is very common packaging in many countries including Russia, Ukraine, and India. Was a very cool surprise to pick it up at the post office and see it packaged that way. The board itself is beautiful, very nicely finished, beautiful grain and very stout. The surface is incredibly smooth considering all the temp/humidity changes it must have experienced on the journey. I can feel very slightly some ridges at some of the seams but only on parts of the board. I would guess a minute with very fine sand paper would take care of it.The hand holds are comfortable and the perfect size for me and it's very easy to grab the board with the height afforded by the holds and the feet.
One quick suggestion, when shipping these, you should try to reinforce the corners, perhaps with folded cardboard to protect them from getting banged up. Mine got two nicks, one tiny one small, on the front left corner. Shame considering how much work you clearly put into the board. How would you recommend repairing it? I'm thinking more titebond and a padded ratchet strap? I'd gladly buy one of these boards and be proud to have it in my home, to win one is just unreal. Thanks again MTMwood for such a fantastic contest and I look forward to placing an order with you in the future!
Sorry for the crummy photos, I don't have much lighting in my half finished kitchen and the cellphone doesn't help.
I am so sorry, that the board was damaged. It is the fault of the Post.
It is difficult to repair the corner. The board oiled and waxed, so Titebond does not help. I think it better to make larger radius of all four corners by beltsander and remove crack.
No problem at all, things happen. I'm sure it was pristine when you sent it. But yes, it would appear that the corners will be where it takes the most abuse on the planes/trains/automobiles so maybe come up wiht a good corner protector for all your beautiful boards I'm sure you'll be selling. I have a stationary belt sander so I'll sort it out in due time.
I'm very slow to get this comment posted -but after having had some time to get to use my board from the contest - wanted to make a point of saying the MTM boards are amazingly high quality. That was clear in the pictures and videos. Clearly beautiful work, but in person, I think they're even better. The boards are beautifully made and very high quality!
What kind of wood is that?
Just to say after a few month of use, this is easily the best board I've been using, very beautiful quite easy to maintain, makes my edge last longer. Really nice.
Thank you again ! If every friend that show interest about It gets one, you'll get rich in no time :)