The rumors are true. Occasionally, I actually do some woodworking. Many times I just have a limited amount of time and don’t post. I still need to get a digital camera to make the process easier.
I was asked if I could make a dozen small bread cutting boards to be used for sending loaves out, along with jam, as Christmas gifts. As luck would have it, the same person also wanted me to help get rid of an old red oak hutch for her. So I am killing two birds with one stone here.
The hutch was easy to disassemble. Screws and staples were used to hold it together. So I ended up with a pile of profile pieces to break down into actual boards -
Profile pieces you have to be careful of. They need to be balanced and one edge you can safely ride along a fence. If not, I mark a line and use the BS. In this case, all the boards had one flat edge I could use so I cut them on the TS and planed them down a bit-
I trimmed down a few pieces and glued them together. Dimensions are about a foot long and somewhere around 7 inches wide. Enough to hold a homemade loaf of about any size -
So now we have a rectangular board. Serves the purpose but doesn’t look very sexy. And one can’t really brag about turning a hutch into a board, rather than the other way around -
So I added some roundovers and BS the corners off. I have some flaws that are not visible in the pic that I need to work out a little, but I will get there. -
I showed the board to the recipient and she is good with the look, so will work on making the batch of them.
I am not a hardcore environmentalist, neither am I really trying to save money. I just have the tools that make re-use possible and I don’t care for participating in the attitudes of our “throw-away society.” I post a number of blogs on breaking down furniture and milling the boards. I just thought I would share with you all that I actually do make things with what I harvest :)
Thanks for reading,
-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.