GrainExpectations

Personalized Wood Art, Outdoor Games, Custom Wood Decor

Surprise, Arizona On Etsy since 2019

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GrainExpectations

Personalized Wood Art, Outdoor Games, Custom Wood Decor

Surprise, Arizona | 600 Sales

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Announcement    Welcome to my shop, Grain Expectations. As you explore my shop you will find a variety of personally made wood products - this means 100% made in the USA by a military veteran. My products feature a variety of categories but are all made out of quality hardwood - you will not any 'soft' woods in my shop as I focus on quality and long lasting. Custom/personalized orders are certainly accepted and encouraged. Please message me with any special request prior to placing an order to ensure I can meet your request. Thank you for stopping in and if you do not see what you are looking for, message me as I love a new challenge!

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Last updated on Sep 27, 2020

Welcome to my shop, Grain Expectations. As you explore my shop you will find a variety of personally made wood products - this means 100% made in the USA by a military veteran. My products feature a variety of categories but are all made out of quality hardwood - you will not any 'soft' woods in my shop as I focus on quality and long lasting. Custom/personalized orders are certainly accepted and encouraged. Please message me with any special request prior to placing an order to ensure I can meet your request. Thank you for stopping in and if you do not see what you are looking for, message me as I love a new challenge!

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This river rock board is a 16x24 inch board. Once I cut the river out of the Peruvian walnut, I will place river rocks from Montana into the river. The finish the board, I cast the rocks in resin and then hand sand it to a smooth / clear finish.

About GrainExpectations

Sales 600
On Etsy since 2019
Video summary: Welcome to Grain Expectations where you can be assured that each item is personally made by me. Thank you for supporting small businesses. #standwithsmall

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

It all started a long long time ago (in 2019) in a land far far away (Arizona). I'd recently gotten married in 2017 and decided I needed a hobby that I could do at home (my wife makes shell jewelry @WhimSeaByLo). So there I was, standing in my empty garage pondering what to do. When all of a sudden it hit me (literally, a piece of oak fell on my bare foot)! I picked up some tools and the magic began to happen! Grain Expectations was born - starting at the bottom rung and climbing my way up.

My first item, now a bestseller, came from the need for quality and durability and unable to find it. I wanted a ladder ball set that was well-made, classy, and heavy enough that it would not fall over at the sight of a bola coming towards it. 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 solid oak and had a patriotic theme to it. This set weighs nearly 10lbs and was stunning due to the natural wood grain and colored cross bars. FINALLY, a ladder ball set that didn't need to be constantly adjusted due to shifting every time someone threw a golf ball bola at it!

As time passed, I expanded into multiple other realms of woodworking as my skills and abilities increased. After taking a look through my shop, you will find different items ranging from cutting boards to wall mounted plaques. I am fully capable of producing custom items that are personalized to the person that the item is intended for.

Coming from a family where both of my parents are healthcare heroes, I fully support those who put their lives and health on the line for others. I am active duty military and a former firefighter/EMT. Due to this proud heritage, I have a special place in my heart for those who step up for the safety of others. As some may not hear it enough, Thank you for your service and what you gave up in order to help others.

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

In addition to this shop, I assist in managing two other shops:
WhimSea By Lo (my beautiful wife's shop): www.WhimSeaByLo.com
Images of Hawaii: www.etsy.com/shops/ImagesofHawaii

Shop members

  • 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 Sep 27, 2020
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Care instructions

Kitchen items (cutting boards/butcher blocks/charcuterie) - DO NOT PUT IN THE DISHWASHER. These items should be oiled on a regular basis with any mineral oil (I recommend Walrus Oil as it is a quality blend). I advise to oil your board monthly if used daily. To wash - wipe down and let dry evenly in a horizontal rack.

Outdoor games - when not in use, store in an area out of inclement weather. They are treated for outdoor use but constant sun and bad weather will reduce the lifespan.

Wall plaques - best to keep out of direct sunlight if exotic colored woods are used (sunlight can change the color of exotic woods like purpleheart/padauk). Otherwise, hang it securely on the wall and enjoy for years to come.

Warranty & Replacement

I stand by my work and will replace any issues that occur due to my mistakes. If you break something due to an oops, no biggy - I will replace it at a discounted cost as I value your loyalty.

If you do have an issue, I will kindly require photos in order to determine what went wrong with the item.

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 will depend on quantity of items that you are looking for. Please contact me for more information. In your message please include the basic details of who you are, what you are looking for, and what your intent is with the products you are requesting.

End grain vs edge grain

The difference in grain orientation is purely how that grain of the wood is oriented to maximize the potential benefits.

End Grain:
End grain is the spongy looking end of wood, you can find this by looking at the end of a typical board you would find at the store. End grain is considered superior in the kitchen because it is self-healing (kind of like running the knife through the end of a paintbrush). Pros: Long-lasting, gentler on knives. Cons: more expensive, requires more routine care (oiling).

Edge Grain (long grain):
This is the when the grain goes across the board. These boards are perfectly fine for the average cook. Pros: less expensive, easier to care for. Cons: harder on knives, shows cut marks more quickly.

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 gets trapped in the cracks of the board. With wood, bacteria is suffocated within the wood grain. Wood does require more care but it is by far superior for maintaining sharp knives and is much better for our environment.

All of the woods that I use are safe for kitchen use and treated with food safe products (nut FREE oils). I personally use Walrus oil which is a blend of 5 ingredients that maximizes the health of your boards.