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Old-Growth Douglas Fir Bookmatched End Grain Cutting Board

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Project by Chris P. posted 12-21-2011 10:56 PM 2738 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made as a gift for a friend who is preparing to build a house – this board is made from a wall I tore out of my 1913 craftsman home – an ORIGINAL wall. So essentially, this cutting board is a repurposed 2×3 stud (since they didn’t use 2×4s back then). The grain is amazing since the wood is old-growth doug fir, not like the stuff you’d find on the shelves these days. I just cut brick-proportioned blocks and glued ‘er up, finished with mineral oil and beeswax.





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#1 posted 12-21-2011 11:52 PM

Aint wood beautiful! And well done for seeing that beauty where many would not.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#2 posted 12-22-2011 01:20 AM

Stunning. You’ve let the grain speak for itself.

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#3 posted 12-22-2011 02:29 AM

I really like this. I make most of my stuff from “repurposed” wood…..makes me feel good, and I am cheap. The doug fir is really neat and works well the way you oriented the grain. I am guessing that there are some vestiges of old nail holes visible, and that even adds to the charm.

-- jbschutz www.johnschutz.com

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#4 posted 12-22-2011 02:58 AM

Thats a sweet board .. i think im falling back in love with doug … doug fir.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 12-22-2011 03:00 AM

I like the fact you left the nail (holes) in the wood. Adds to the story.

-- Don

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#6 posted 12-22-2011 07:39 AM

The nail holes I left in because I think they look cool and as Don said, they add to the story. This stud had lath and plaster over it for 97 years, so there were a million tiny nails in there when I started. Had to be extra careful before planing!

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#7 posted 12-22-2011 10:25 PM

Nice job!
This might qualify for the Tubafore contest.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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