Several week ago, my brother, sister, and both of their spouses all celebrated their birthdays and anniversaries. We weren’t able to drive to see them for any of those but they came up our direction after they’d all passed. I’m terrible about gifts (knowing what to get, remembering I need to go get something in advance, you know the drill), and one of the reasons we bought a was because we knew it would help fix my problem by allowing us to create one-of-a-kind, thoughtful gifts.
We tossed around a few ideas but finally settled on some decorative cutting boards we bought from Michael’s when they were on sale for $1 (don’t tell my siblings!).
The cutting boards were almost exactly half an inch which is just a little too tall to engrave with the crumb tray so it gave me my first experience engraving without it (MASSIVE thank you to @henryhbk for the tutorial! I don’t know that I ever would’ve been able to figure it all out without this).
I removed the tray and stacked a few cutting boards to get the surface back up to where it needed to be without the crumb tray. We also covered the ones we were cutting with masking tape. After burning nearly all the way through my first board—thanks to a small mathematical error—I was quickly reminded that once again I need to remember to buy at least one or two extra of anything I get just to be able to test cuts on before ruining the good pieces. It took some trial and error, but in the end, I was incredibly pleased with the result.
Everyone seemed to like their gifts, and of course I think my parents who were present when I gave them got a little jealous (Guess I know what they’re getting for their anniversary in a couple months).