7 Cutting Boards

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Project by David Craig posted 12-12-2012 11:36 PM 1788 views 1 time 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,


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

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#1 posted 12-12-2012 11:43 PM

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

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#2 posted 12-13-2012 12:53 AM

Great boards Dave.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 12-13-2012 01:28 AM

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.

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#4 posted 12-13-2012 03:59 AM

Nice looking boards. Like the faces. Good salvage.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-13-2012 05:22 AM

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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#6 posted 12-13-2012 12:44 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-13-2012 02:15 PM

Nice cutting boards!

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