Cutting boards - from trash to treasure

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Cutting boards
from trash to treasure

All you need is love… dubidubiduuu… all you need is love, love, love – love is all you need.
And some scrap wood, a floorboard, piece of old kitchen counter, side from a flip table and a terrace floor board.
Cut, saw, drill, shape, sand, oil, wait, dry off – yes and love.
A hour of pleasure and no more plastic boards in the kitchen.
Love is all you need, tra la la la la…

How can one not love working wood?
This project can be made by every one, no matter the skill level, so jump in and enjoy.

1. The Cutting boards.
2. Scrap wood, another floorboard cut off, recycle rules.
3. Band saw fun.
4. Hole in one.
5. Yes you got it, the Super sander again.
6. Oil up the boards with a mineral oil (see comments).

Hope this can inspire others to make their own kitchen stuff and recycle.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

25 comments so far

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#1 posted 02-04-2015 04:11 PM

Looks nice. I am curious about the big round sanding wheel. Is that something homemade or what?

-- Kevin, Blue Springs, MO

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 05:28 PM

that is a great collection of cutting boards.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 02-04-2015 05:45 PM

Really like the shape on the larger ones!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 02-04-2015 05:46 PM

all you need is love

and some wood
and tools
and friends
and skills


seems you got all these and more

great boards !

-- 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 02-04-2015 06:02 PM

I would love to have them all Mads.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-04-2015 06:13 PM

I like em. I like em a lot.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 09:36 PM

lookin good Mads

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 10:23 PM

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 02-04-2015 10:56 PM

Don’t use organic cooking oil on a cutting board. It will turn rancid rendering the board useless. Use mineral oil instead. If you don’t like mineral oil, use nothing.

-- David

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#10 posted 02-04-2015 11:18 PM

I make my own concoction of mineral oil and beeswax for the finish. Love the ideology of repurposing. Very nice.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

View mafe's profile


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#11 posted 02-04-2015 11:26 PM

Ups. I always just gave my boards some of my cooking oil, usually olive…
Now I will change for a different approach, this is why it’s wonderful to post here, learning, thank you.
Found a oil link here:
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#12 posted 02-05-2015 12:37 AM

No , no mafe; not the trash, save those for jigs in the shop … they make great runners

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#13 posted 02-05-2015 12:53 AM

I luv the Beatles and “All we need is Love”. Your cutting boards are up there also Mads. :)

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

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#14 posted 02-05-2015 01:17 AM

Funny Mads, I’ve been making some cutting boards out of all the cut off I just can’t throw away. People always appreciate such a utilitarian gift. I really should post some I have made, I’m just getting too old and lazy to do that anymore. Mine are more about gluing up strips but you inspire me to make a stretch from the norm.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#15 posted 02-05-2015 03:50 AM

Nice work Mads, definitely out of the box for the boards we usually see on here ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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