Cutting Boards Made From Old Cabinets (May 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 05-10-2013 01:33 PM 1291 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 -

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#1 posted 05-10-2013 01:43 PM

looks very nice.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 05-10-2013 01:45 PM

Looks fine to me.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-10-2013 01:45 PM

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

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#4 posted 05-10-2013 01:59 PM

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 now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 05-10-2013 02:01 PM

Super looking boards

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 05-10-2013 02:23 PM

A nice way to recycle those old cabinets

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

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#7 posted 05-10-2013 02:26 PM

Well worth saving.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 05-10-2013 03:20 PM

Way to go on the save… Nice looking boards…

-- Dan

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#9 posted 05-10-2013 05:55 PM

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 05-10-2013 08:29 PM

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

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 05-10-2013 09:30 PM

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 05-10-2013 09:44 PM

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

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 05-10-2013 10:16 PM

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 -

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#14 posted 05-10-2013 10:29 PM

”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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