Although we have a regular-sized maple board from The Boardsmith (bought last year) I still found myself reaching for one of the polyproplyene ones on days when I just have a relatively small cutting job to do, and when my wrist was acting up and I just didn't feel up to moving the big board around from storage spot to counter to sink to drying-off area (I place it atop an upside-down Rubbermaid drainboard to dry, so that air circulates 100% freely around both sides and all edges) etc etc. I couldn't find any brand of end-grain compact size board, the 'best' I could find was an edge grain. So I emailed David to ask if it might be possible to get a smaller board, say about half the size of my regular one, and if so how much it would be.
He replied that he indeed has had requests from customers for a smaller/lighter end-grain board and as a result he does have stock material available in widths of 8" and up to 16" long (so 8"x16" would be the biggest) and 1 1/4" thick, in either maple, mahogany, cherry, or walnut. This sounded like exactly what I needed and since my larger board is maple I decided to go with that so that they would match.
I received the board over the weekend and am really happy with it -- beautiful quality just like the larger one. The size and weight is perfect for those jobs when I don't need to cut a lot of stuff and thus don't need to haul its Big Brother around, and even on a "bad wrist day" I can handle it with no problem at all. And I can happily use my best knives on it, whereas I would always shift to one of the "lesser quality" knives instead when using a poly board.
I'm really glad I asked him about it because I just assumed that "special order" would mean an oversize or custom board ... not a basic board in a more compact and manageable size (and more manageable price as well, of course).
So I just want to give a heads-up to anyone who might be currently lusting after a Boardsmith endgrain board but not yet having either the kitchen room and/or budget room for a fullsize one, that there is definitely the option of getting a compact version even though it's not mentioned specifically on his website, if you contact him to ask for it. And of course later on when either a larger kitchen or larger budget permits, to expand into a "small job/big job" pair. ;-)
Wish I'd thought of asking about the smaller one a year ago but better late than never, LOL!
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