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Project by David Craig posted 589 days ago 981 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked to make some face grain cutting boards to hold loaves of bread that would be given out as gifts this year for a family reunion. The requester also wanted me to help her get rid of a hutch. Since the boards were supposed to be simple and “rustic,” I decided to re-purpose the hutch and see what I could make with it.

The hutch was one of those 70’s style pieces of furniture where they employed more hardwood accents to laminates. Most low cost furniture, today, is not worth attempting to re-use. I still feel a little silly bragging about how I converted a hutch to a board. If I could make it back into a tree, now that would really be something :)

I had a tight deadline, these were to be done by tomorrow morning. Goal was to try and make interesting patterns with the oak grains. It was a good experience for me as it introduced me to resawing for some book match grains and also to reduce the strain on my planer. There are little defects I wish I had the time to work out but these are at a level much higher than I was requested to make, so everyone should be pleased. These are the first cutting boards I ever made. All are face grain, various dimensions, and are to be used solely for bread. I sanded them to 220 grit and applied a mineral oil finish. (Funny note on that. When I went to buy the bottles of mineral oil, I had a sweet, elderly woman express concern over my assumed issues with constipation. Hilarious conversation.)

When choosing grain mixes, I was surprised to see that two wood spirits made their presence in the boards. One I call “Worry” and the other “Devil Inside.” I hope they are happy in their new homes.

Thanks for viewing,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.





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RussellAP

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#1 posted 589 days ago

Great gift idea. I wish I had free space in my shop to do a couple of these.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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Don W

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#2 posted 589 days ago

Great boards Dave.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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whitebeast88

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#3 posted 589 days ago

great looking cutting boards!if you ever master making anything reclaimed back into a tree i’d like to see that also.thanks for sharing.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 588 days ago

Nice looking boards. Like the faces. Good salvage.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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David Craig

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#5 posted 588 days ago

Thanks for the kind comments folks. When I get that tree project going, I will be sure to post video ;)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Roger

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#6 posted 588 days ago

Gr8 gift ideas. There will be plenty o cuttin done on these

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 588 days ago

Nice cutting boards!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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