Tyler notes, "my family uses wood cutting boards daily. However, we use a serving tray occasionally and we don't have a good place for it to live in the kitchen. The Tiger Tray lives on the counter all the time, mostly upside down being used as a cutting board."
Tyler has been including care cards with our Tiger Trays that state, "Please towel dry after hand washing. Never wash in a dishwasher. Once a year, apply mineral oil liberally and let soak for one hour then wipe off excess." This still holds true. Tyler adds, "I feel that I have neglected to mention the most important tip— proper storage. Immediately after "washing, then drying," your Tiger Tray should be stored on edge or end— not on it's face. If the board is placed flat on it's face, moisture gets trapped, and makes the wetter face swell and ultimately makes the board "cup" up. I once proved this. I placed a (finished!) 13" wide cutting board down on it's face in very shallow water for a few hours; while the top face remained completely dry. The bottom, wet face, swelled to 13 1/8" and the dry face remained unchanged at 13", therefore causing the board to cup noticeably. I then dried the board and propped it up on it's end and after a few hours it returned to being flat. End splitting may eventually occur if your board is subjected to this cycle of poor storage. If properly maintained, your Tiger Tray will remain in service for a very long time"
Tyler designed the Tiger Tray for his family's usage. He had been manufacturing-and still does- the Classic Serving Tray. However, the Classic Serving Tray is very fancy and has a fine film finish. He wanted a tray that was more utilitarian; a tray that he could transport food out to the patio from the kitchen regardless if it's raining a bit or he has to set it down on a rough stone surface. He wanted a tray that was solid wood and had a penetrating oil finish that was easy to repair if the need arises. He wanted a tray that was "easy to live with and weathered well."
It's a cutting board and a serving tray! The Tiger Tray is an elevated 13" X 18" cutting board and when flipped over it's a serving tray with 2" hard maple sides. The handles are 3/4" diameter birch dowels which make for a comfortable and well-balanced grip. Typical of most cutting boards, they are finished with salad bowl oil.
Due to the Tiger Tray's thoughtful design, its construction will allow the solid wood bottom to shrink and swell without cracking.
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