Bowling Lane Cutting Board

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Project by JL7 posted 11-15-2010 03:06 AM 4785 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have a bunch of bowling lane stacked up in the shed. It is beautiful hard Maple, but chock full of nails…It’s really tough to find good uses for it…...This project is made out the approach area of the bowling lane, the part that you walk on. It’s much thinner material than the the actual bowlling alley, where the ball rolls….

The process starts by prying all the boards apart and cleaning them up on the jointer and planer. With this material, I can clean up to about 1” fiinished thickness. Every board has nail holes on three sides, so in order to make a cutting board with without nail holes, I used a combination of face grain and edge grain, so there are no holes on the edges. I also found some nice curly figure for the ends.

This is my first attempt at breadboard ends. Far from perfect, but not terrible either. The dowels are handmade from Walnut stock (square peg, round hole method, see photo) first time trying that also….easier said then done!

I am guessing this Maple is over 100 years old, but my (poor quality) pictures really don’t do it justice. Simple but elegant.


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 11-15-2010 05:01 AM

I love the end jointery that you used, very nice, and I would certainly take one for the team and dispose of some of that nuisance maple for ya :) ...........great work


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#2 posted 11-15-2010 05:08 AM

I’m glad you clean it up on the jointer/planer. Maybe soak with some alcohol for a while? Think of the history with all of those rental bowling shoes and sweating league players (speaking from experience here LOL! Just kidding. That’s a fine looking cutting board.

-- Mike - Antero's Urban Wood Designs

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#3 posted 11-15-2010 05:20 AM

Huh, I threw out a 9’ long section of bowling alley I got for free, about 6 years ago. Too big and heavy! I’ve had a butcher block birch work bench about one year. Believe me, I’ve kicked myself many times for tossing the bowling lane. That thing weighed 260 pounds! It would have made a killer bench top. Ces’t la vie.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#4 posted 11-15-2010 04:13 PM

this is a “STRIKE!”

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#5 posted 11-16-2010 04:16 AM

Thanks for the comments – much appreciated! Mike – never really stopped to consider your point…..the thought of all those smelly bowling shoes is a little unsettling!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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