Scrap Cutting Board

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Project by vakman posted 12-26-2011 02:56 AM 1784 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have way too many small pieces of cut-off laying around, and other than clamp pads they aren’t of much use, so I decided to use some of them to make this cutting board type of thing.

I intended it for use as a cutting board for bread, but wanted to add handles so now it’s more of a tray for eating at my desk (a.k.a workbench). Finished in three alternating layers of tung oil and poly-something.

On the underside I inlaid some 1/8”x1/8” basswood dowels to help hold everything together, as all of the joints are simple glued butt-joints. Might have been aesthetically pleasing if they were on the top surface, but it didn’t really make sense structurally.

Once I’ve used all of this scrap wood I can justify buying and finally working with some higher quality hardwoods. Thanks for looking, comments always welcome.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#1 posted 12-26-2011 06:39 AM

Good way to use up the scraps and you addressed the structure with the splines as well. Nice job!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 12-26-2011 06:41 AM

Great use of scraps ,looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 12-26-2011 06:01 PM

Yeah, I really like that. There is so much you can do with scrap wood. Take a look at my projects; about 99% of what you’ll see is made from scrap wood. Recycle!!! Weeeeeeeeeee!!!

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 12-26-2011 06:05 PM

Thanks for the idea, I like it.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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