Band Saw Box From Old Kitchen Cutting Board

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Project by FloridaArt posted 05-28-2012 08:17 PM 2662 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

May, 2012—Every once in awhile I drop into my local Goodwill store. Recently I noticed a well-used kitchen cutting board for sale for $4.99. It seemed plenty large enough to make a nice band saw box!

First task was to cut it into thirds the long way on the table saw. Then run those pieces through the planer. Then cut each of those pieces in half. Then glue them up into a block made from six boards.

The design is straight forward, with the band saw cut-in starting from the lower left, with each cut ending at the point on the upper right of each drawer. The face of this box was also cut into a wave shape, to give it some more interest (see last photo).

It is sanded to 220 and finished with tung oil.

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#1 posted 05-28-2012 08:24 PM

I love bandsaw boxes. Nice work and what a neat idea. What a thought to recycle a cutting board.

-- Stormy: Sometimes the wood just tells you what it wants to be.

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#2 posted 05-28-2012 09:49 PM

I really like the curve you put to the front of the drawers

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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Donna Menke

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#3 posted 05-28-2012 11:13 PM

Excellent job, Art, and wonderful “repurposing” too. The way the color patterns the end is great. Did you know it was going to do that- or was it a surprise after you cut the outside of the box?
The price for the wood was certainly reasonable too.
My hat is off to you.

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!"

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#4 posted 05-29-2012 02:17 AM

Very nifty, and thrifty

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

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Jeffery Mullen

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#5 posted 05-29-2012 04:08 AM

Love the color and shape of your project. Maybe I should look a little more in the good will stores for wood.

-- Jeffery Mullen

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#6 posted 05-29-2012 04:14 AM

Nice box and nice use of the wood.

-- "Measure twice, cut once, count fingers"

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#7 posted 05-29-2012 11:49 AM

Nice save. Nice work!

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#8 posted 05-29-2012 01:16 PM

To Donna: When I glued up the 6 pieces, I made sure to order them so the sides and top would look symmetrical. However, I really did not think the tung oil would bring out this much variation in the wood tones. I agree with you, it looks good. Thanks to you for the kind comments. Glad I may return the favor of inspiration. I received plenty from your book!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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