GrainExpectations

Handmade hardwood products - Home Decor & Outdoor Games

Surprise, Arizona 147 Sales On Etsy since 2019

5 out of 5 stars (14)

GrainExpectations

Handmade hardwood products - Home Decor & Outdoor Games

Surprise, Arizona | 147 Sales

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Eric McKinley

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Eric McKinley

Announcement    Welcome to Grain Expectations, here you will find handmade wood products that are all personally 100% made. My products feature a variety of woods ranging from pine to rare exotic woods from throughout the world. Custom orders are not only accepted, but encouraged. Please message me with any request prior to placing an order.

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Last updated on May 8, 2019

Welcome to Grain Expectations, here you will find handmade wood products that are all personally 100% made. My products feature a variety of woods ranging from pine to rare exotic woods from throughout the world. Custom orders are not only accepted, but encouraged. Please message me with any request prior to placing an order.

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About

Grain Expectations - Fulfilling your woodworking needs! Veteran Owned / Made in the USA

I decided to start my shop in February of 2019. Currently, I'm active duty in the military and wanted to have a hobby that would allow me to learn new skills and challenge myself. I began my woodworking adventure in 2018 and have quickly developed a passion for working with wood.

In the fall of 2018, I began to look for a ladder ball set that was well-made and looked classy. I looked around online and in local stores but could only find cheap generic games that did not meet my standards. Not wanting a cheap PVC set that was chintzy, I decided to make my own set that I could use for our upcoming family event. My first set was made out of red oak with a natural stain and polyurethane finish. For the center cross bars, I painted them the good ole Red/White/Blue. The set was solid and could easily be broken down for easy storage.

After breaking in my first ladder ball set with the family, I had a few friends over for adult beverages. It was at this point that they saw my backyard game and wanted a set of their own. They both requested their own custom colors which I happily accommodated. After making these two sets, I decided to set up shop so others can get a high-quality classy game for a fair price. All of my items will always ship for free and I will do my best to keep the cost down as much as possible.

Since creating ladder ball sets, I have expanded to making cutting boards and am now expanding even more as I just purchased a large CNC machine along with 3-D software technology.

Thank you and remember to forget the box, just get outside!

In addition to this shop, I assist in managing two other shops:
Images of Hawaii: www.etsy.com/shops/ImagesofHawaii
WhimSea By Lo: www.WhimSeaByLo.com

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  • Eric McKinley

    Owner, Maker, Shipper

    I am Eric McKinley - the owner of Grain Expectations. I make every product that I have listed. In addition, I help with managing two other ships - WhimSeaByLo and ImagesofHawaii.

  • Lo McKinley

    Assistant

    Being married to Eric is work in of itself. However, in addition to being married to Eric, I help with designing some of the products he makes.

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Last updated on Jul 12, 2019
Frequently asked questions
Care instructions

Do not leave your products out in the sun and weather for an extended period of time. When you are done using then, put them away. All ladder toss games are treated with a protective polyurethane but they will last a lot longer if put away after use.

Warranty & Replacement

I stand by my work and will replace any issues that occur due to my mistakes. If you break something, no biggy - I will replace it at cost to get you back in the game.

If you have an issue, I will require photos for review to determine what went wrong.

Care instructions

Wood cutting boards require extra care to ensure they will last for many years.

Never put your board in the dishwasher or soak it in water. After use, gently wipe it down and dry it evenly on both sides by placing it into a rack horizontally.

It is best to apply a food safe oil monthly if you use your board regularly. I reccomend Walrus oil which is an oil blend that is food safe. Dont worry, it's not made from walrus.

If your board develops a warp, have no fear. It can usually be straightened by lightly wetting it and placing some weight on it. It will flatten back out as it dries.

Any questions, message me!

Custom and personalized orders

I would love to create a custom order for you, please message me with any request.

If the order is custom and has personal engraving on it, I do not accept returns. However, if I can resell the product, returns will be considered on a case by case basis.

Wholesale availability

Wholesale orders are accepted, the discounted rate depends on quantity if boards being purchased. Message me for further details.

End grain or edge grain

End grain is the spongy end of wood, whereas edge grain is the side of a board. End grain is considered superior because it is self-healing (kind of like running the knife through the end of a paintbrush). Due to this end grain is often more expensive but will be gentler on knives and last longer due to its self-healing properties. Edge grain boards are perfectly fine for the average cook, just try to cut with the wood grain when doing aggressive cutting.

Wood vs Plastic

Studies have shown that wood is a safer option when it comes to cutting boards. When plastic scars from cutting on it, bacteria get trapped on the surface. With wood, bacteria is suffocated within the wood grain.

All of the woods that I use are safe for kitchen use and treated with food safe products (nut FREE).