Cutting Boards Made From Old Cabinets (May 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 344 days ago 930 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I salvaged some poplar out of some cabinets headed for the trash. This is what I came up with. Poplar may not be the best choice for a cutting board but the land fill is not a good destination for it either! Full article here.

-- Jay - or

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#1 posted 344 days ago

looks very nice.

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#2 posted 344 days ago

Looks fine to me.

-- 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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#3 posted 344 days ago

Why throw perfectly good wood away when you can make something out of it… Great project!

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robert triplett

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#4 posted 344 days ago

Great save. I once bought a lot of Maple cabinet doors for 50 cents each and made cutting boards out of them. It is nice to repurpose wood. Yours look good.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and so little time!

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#5 posted 344 days ago

Super looking boards

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 344 days ago

A nice way to recycle those old cabinets

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 344 days ago

Well worth saving.

-- --Dave-- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#8 posted 344 days ago

Way to go on the save… Nice looking boards…

-- Dan

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#9 posted 344 days ago

Really enjoyed watching the video….......quick and to the point.
I liked the idea of the 45 chamfers to know which side is up…....can also incorporate rubber feet on the bottom and/or juice groove on the top. I think all 3 together makes it even better.
Thanks for posting.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 344 days ago

Great save on the wood and a couple really nice cutting boards. Thanks for sharing the video with us.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#11 posted 344 days ago

Nice looking boards!!

What is your normal sanding process for these? I would like to know the various grits you sand with…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#12 posted 344 days ago

Nice looking boards : )
Did you also create the music ?

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#13 posted 344 days ago

PurpLev – Thanks!
Monte – Thank you, Sir.
Robert – Glad I’m not the only one who recycles this way!
a1Jim – Thank you!
Roger – I thought so as well. This is my second time using this style cabinet for the same purpose
DoubleDD – Absolutely
Sanding2Day – Thanks!
ohwoodeye – Thanks, they are 30 degree chamfers. 30 degrees makes the cutting board look a little thicker than what it is in my opinion.
Hawaiilad – Your welcome, thanks for watching!
Freddy – I use 80,120,220. I skip the 80 if the surface is good to start with. I would normally have skipped 80 if it came right from the planer but my knives have a few dings in them so I had a few high lines to trim.
Dusty – Thanks! The music came from a creative commons website. The exact link is in the youtube description.

-- Jay - or

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#14 posted 344 days ago

”Poplar may not be the best choice for a cutting board ”

Not so by me. I LOVE the different shades of green you can add to a cutting bard using poplar.

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