Wood Shop Teams Up with the Wildhorse Grill

New check presenters

Larry Ditch

Joni Matthiessen

Many months ago, Jeremy Trietsch from the Wildhorse Grill approached Kathy Dial at the Wood Shop about creating some new wooden check presenters. So, Kathy, Rick Swanson, and Larry Ditch, went to work on the design. They then cut and sanded all the wood to size. Once the prep of the wood was completed, they were ready for the CNC machine. CNC stands for Computerized Numerical Control. It is a computerized manufacturing process in which pre-programmed software and code control the movement of production equipment. The Wood Shop owns one of these machines and can make many beautiful designs on wood.

Larry Ditch spent hours upon hours as the CNC meticulously cut out the Wildhorse logo design that he created, and eventually churned out the original 22 boards. It was then realized that a pencil slot was really needed, so Larry redesigned the program, came back again, and produced another 24 to 25 boards with the pencil slot added. A clip was also added at the top to hold items in place, rather than having to use the rubber bands as on the old boards.

The new boards were made from poplar wood. The Wildhorse logo was cut out on the machine, filled with dyed epoxy, and then sanded smooth. The boards were finished with several coats of polyurethane.

So, the next time you eat out at the Grill, notice the new check presenters as you get your bill. They are beautiful. Larry and team, you did an awesome job. Thank you for all you do for the community!