New attempt with the links to the pictures - The contest! The prizes - five end grain cutting boards
My name is Andrei. I am a maker of end grain cutting boards. I am an owner and the only woodworker of “MTM wood” company, Russia. The company is located in the city of Izhevsk, in the east of the European part of Russia, near the Ural Mountains.
I make only end grain cutting boards. I've made about two thousand end grain cutting boards during last few years and I hope I have enough experience in this. I sell the boards only online. My website is mtmwood.com
You can watch the making process at my YouTube channel - http://www.youtube.com/user/mtmwood?feature=mhee
I want the KKF members to evaluate my cutting boards. I made five end grain cutting boards and want to offer them as prizes to the winners of the contest. The boards dimensions are 18”x14”x2” (457x356x51 mm). They are glued with Titebond III, treated with mineral oil and beeswax.
The contest is very simple. The meaning of this contest is to predict how to behave other participants.
Each participant should evaluate the proposed boards in points. Then I count the average number of points given for each board. Participant who has values that are closest to the average is declared the winner and receives the first board. Second gets the second board, etc.
Each participant has 100 points. It is necessary to distribute these points among the five boards, as you like. To do this, send me an email – firstname.lastname@example.org - pointing your KKF nickname and distribution of the points, for example: Nickname: 1-30, 2-25, 3-15, 4-20, 5-10. Make sure that the sum is equal to 100.
At the end of the contest I will determine the average number of points given for each board. Then I will calculate deviation in modulus from the average values for each participant. The smaller the deviation, the higher is the place of the participant. If the results are exactly the same, winning the one who sent the email first.
Let me explain this with an example. Suppose five people participated in the contest. They distributed their points as follows.
The first participant rated first board 12 points, but the average rating of the first board is 19.2 points, so the deviation (Dev) from the average is 7.2 points. The first participant sum of the deviations of all the boards is 44.8. The minimum sum of deviation has the 3rd participant – 29.6. He is the winner and gets the first board. The 2nd place – the fifth participant (the sum of deviations – 30 points). He gets the second board and so on.
Applications are accepted throughout the week until midnight on March 19 UTC+0 (London – UTC+0; New York – UTC–5; Moscow – UTC+4). At the end I will announce the winners and will send the boards to the winners home addresses.
And here are the boards:
The 1st board – Black walnut (Juglans nigra)
Distribution: Eastern United States
Average Dried Weight: 38 lbs/ft3 (610 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness: 1,010 lbf (4,490 N)
Crushing Strength: 7,580 lbf/in2 (52.3 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.5%, Tangential: 7.8%, Volumetric: 12.8%, T/R Ratio: 1.4
Walnut end grain cutting boards are good looking, very stable. It has a small shrinkage, what is very important for cutting boards. The disadvantage of walnut is its porosity.
The 2nd board – Hard maple (Acer saccharum)
Distribution: Northeastern North America
Average Dried Weight: 44 lbs/ft3 (705 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness: 1,450 lbf (6,450 N)
Crushing Strength: 7,830 lbf/in2 (54.0 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.8%, Tangential: 9.9%, Volumetric: 14.7%, T/R Ratio: 2.1
The traditional wood for cutting board in North America. Hard maple is very sturdy and solid wood. Maple cutting boards are used for years. Hard maple is very different from European maple.
The 3rd board – European oak (Quercus robur)
Distribution: Most of Europe, to Asia Minor, and North Africa
Average Dried Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (675 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness: 1,120 lbf (4,980 N)
Crushing Strength: 6,720 lbf/in2 (46.3 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 4.7%, Tangential: 8.4%, Volumetric: 13.0%, T/R Ratio: 1.8
In my opinion, oak is the best wood for cutting board in Europe. It is stable, very durable, gentle to the knife blade. European oak is much denser and less porous than American red and white oaks.
The 4th board - European ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Distribution: Europe and southwestern Asia
Average Dried Weight: 42 lbs/ft3 (680 kg/m3)
Janka Hardness: 1,480 lbf (6,580 N)
Crushing Strength: 7,400 lbf/in2 (51.0 MPa)
Shrinkage: Radial: 5.7%, Tangential: 9.6%, Volumetric: 15.3%, T/R Ratio: 1.7
Ash end grain cutting boards are solid and heavy. In its properties European ash is similar to hard maple.
The 5th board – Hard maple with frame of black walnut
Thank you for your attention!
I wait for your questions and emails.
Just sent and email with my scores.
So, are we trying to predict what we think might be the most popular?
You are right.
Originally Posted by jimbob
And we will understand the preferences of the KKF members.
Just sent in my votes as well. Very cool contest!
Very cool contest -- great looking boards too. Just sent my votes
my votes are in. Great looking stuff
Just sent you my vote