Cutting Board Bonanza

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Project by Tooch posted 460 days ago 798 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there is a pretty good story behind this. A few of my woodworking students wanted to learn how to use a lathe; the only problem is that our shop doesn’t have a lathe! So I decided that we would raise the money to buy one. We were able to scrounge some cutoffs from a local lumber yard (thank you Forest County Wood Products) for very cheap. We then mass produced these boards and I put out a email to our district a week before mother’s day. They flew off the shelves and I was able to make a trip to Rockler to purchase our new lathe! (featured in last photo)

The boards are made from a variety of Oak, Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Sassafras. We finished them off with 3 coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner and included a “How to care for your new cutting board” instruction sheet for those who have never had the pleasure of owning a fine piece like these :-)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 460 days ago

Great way to raise money. Have fun with the lathe.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 460 days ago

I intend to do just that with my students! Nice work! Great idea!

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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#3 posted 460 days ago

Good for you!

The lesson you taught the students by doing this will be more valuable than anything they produce with the lathe.

The world needs more teachers like you.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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#4 posted 460 days ago

that is what I called forward thinking. the class should enjoy the lathe more now because they worked for it. kudo’s to you and the class

-- wiser1934, new york

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#5 posted 459 days ago

Well Done , Indeed. I wish I had a teacher like you.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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#6 posted 459 days ago

Great job Teach! You have done well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#8 posted 455 days ago

Wonderful cutting boards! Great work on teaching kids to be resourceful and independent. Everybody can now enjoy the new lathe.

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