Bread Cutting Board

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Blog entry by David Craig posted 11-29-2012 01:07 AM 5076 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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Don W

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#1 posted 11-29-2012 01:10 AM

And make them very well. Where’s the cheese.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 11-29-2012 01:29 AM

Nice Job David…
I’m not the “Green” type either,
but when I see an old Oak or Maple Bureau,
or Headboard, or what-not thrown to the curb, well,
I sure enough get into that recycling spirit!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 11-29-2012 01:55 AM

i think it’s a great idea – nice job – very thoughtful as well!
I will take anything of solid wood and re-purpose – it’s a great way for me to learn new skills without the stress!

I once saw the son-in-law of a deceased woodworker neighbor of mine throwing out an entire dumpster bin worth of hardwood in various states. When i strolled over with coffee in hand and offered to take it away at no cost he would not even look at me as he refused. He was so miffed at having to do the chore that he couldn’t get over himself. It killed me to watch it being hauled away!

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 11-29-2012 02:00 AM

just woke from a nap

opened this
and thought i saw a flaw
that wasn’t visible

but i was wrong

won’t happen again

good use of needs and resources david

many will be happy
when the gift arrives
and again when the bread is gone

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 11-29-2012 02:49 AM

i told them it wasnt rumors ,great save and great job,David

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 11-29-2012 03:32 AM

Beautiful board, David.

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#7 posted 11-29-2012 03:42 AM

Good hard wood is not cheap’ ! paid 28 dollars for 2lf of southern mesquite i had ideas of salvaging old furniture. I wont dumpster dive but i do alley shop. find a few hardwood pallets . Still getting ideas new here and gettin my shop workable may have to hang tools from rafters so little time never enough tools. keep up great work . great website many ideas like the green ideas best.

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#8 posted 11-29-2012 04:27 AM

Thanks for the comments all.

Eddie – Nice to know you got my back :) Feel free to pull up pictures if you have to provide proof.

Mike – You are one of my big inspirations buddy. Your ability to keep yourself constantly challenged and utilize all the material around you never ceases to amaze me.

Don – I like cheese but don’t have anything in regards to it in this project. Except maybe a few moments when I cut it, but my mother raised me to not talk about those things ;)

David – I deliberately cover the lense with sawdust. if I make an error and post it, I like it to be a “Where’s Waldo” experience for the viewer.

I am not good at throwing away wood. My basement is constant proof of that. Sometimes, though, I look through my scrap pile and have to come to terms with the fact that while I like making stuff from “nothing,” I do have to give myself at least a fighting chance.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#9 posted 11-29-2012 01:11 PM

Two things that I enjoy, David, are making things within limits (such as when you have a limited amount of wood and have to maximise what you are going to make out of it) and recycling good wood, like this project. There is something about the quality of old wood that just seems to make it better to work and give a satisfying result. Well done on this one. It just looks right.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#10 posted 11-29-2012 01:12 PM

I know there’s nothin better than a nice slice o fresh baked bread from the oven, and these nice cuttin boards will surely do the trick o slicin em up…... Lotsa butter, oh yea, yummmmmmmm

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#11 posted 11-30-2012 04:57 AM

Thank you for the kind words Martyn. When I see a piece of wooden furniture about ready to be disposed of, I can’t help but think the tree it came from deserves a little better than that. Sometimes the furniture gets what it deserves ;) But the tree was completely innocent of the crime.

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#12 posted 12-07-2012 04:51 PM

Very nice, David, and I too break things down and reuse them. Along those lines, one of my best friends, who I spend quite a bit of time with, took a kitchen table at our clinic that had a pedestal in the middle, cut it down, refinished it and turned it into a large coffee table for the employee’s lounge. His wife works at the clinic and is a close friend of my wife. The table was solid oak, and had been in a smaller lounge for a long time, and it was getting pretty ratty. He did it all just out of the goodness of his heart. That coffee table will outlast the clinic, I suspect….....

Mostly done with the programming project, it is now in beta test in hands of my PA, so I should be getting back into the shop soon.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#13 posted 12-07-2012 07:40 PM

Great to hear from you Jim. I know you have been working hard on this one. Hope the beta testing goes well. I hope you do get a break soon and get a chance to work on something a little more fun :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#14 posted 12-08-2012 05:48 AM

Shop time will probably come in January, we will be out of town for about 10 days, so this month is kinda torn up. But I am eyeing a couple of partially finished projects out there, and itching to get back to it.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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