Country/Americana Cutting Board from scrap.

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Project by amagineer posted 09-09-2013 06:11 PM 2054 views 1 time favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A woman in town who had seen one of my CB’s and wanted one for her country/Americana kitchen. She couldn’t afford the $100 price, but was willing to pay $50. This got me thinking; in life there are expensive items and economy ones, so I went to my “scrap box” and put this CB together (the economy version). Not that I skimped on the CB process, but by using scrap wood she was happy it bought her cost down. It seems there will always be someone that would like a nice CB but can’t afford one. As my scrap box gets filled I will make the economy CB’s to sell.
There are too many different types of wood to list. It is 12” x 14-1/2×1-1/2 thk. I sealed it and soaked in mineral oil/beeswax.
I also have enough scrap wood to make one more CB and one Cheeseboard, which I will post in a few days.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#1 posted 09-09-2013 06:52 PM

Looks lively, I am sure she will be happy

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#2 posted 09-09-2013 08:08 PM

Nice scrap… and nice board…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#3 posted 09-09-2013 08:49 PM

I really like this one. Everyone does the checkerboard look so this board is refreshing not to mention eco-friendly using scrap wood. Good job.


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#4 posted 09-09-2013 08:54 PM

Nice job, and thanks for the inspiration. I’ve got a box of left over pieces from a few board builds, and will try to cobble them together into a board, instead of using them for fire wood…...

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#5 posted 09-09-2013 09:18 PM

nice use of scraps, very good looking board, around here I am lucky to get $50 for a board that size that is not made from scrap.

-- Smitty!!!

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#6 posted 09-09-2013 09:20 PM

That’s a real eye catcher Don.
Very Nice! ~ I wish I had your scrap pile.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#7 posted 09-09-2013 09:36 PM

Very nice job and gesture! Love all the different woods you used.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#8 posted 09-09-2013 10:04 PM

Great job : ) Can’t stop looking at it !
If you didn’t mention that it was all scraps, no one would ever know that you didn’t “invent” the pattern : ).

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

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#9 posted 09-09-2013 10:10 PM

I’ve made a few, but none with a pattern as unique as what you have, what woods do you use? What do you specifically try to stay away from? Those that I have made in the past have usually included walnut, purple heart, maple and sometimes red oak. Beyond those I have tried to stay away from soft woods.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#10 posted 09-09-2013 10:22 PM

Thanks all for the comments. As to the woods: I only use woods with a janka hardness over 1300, except Black walnut which is 1010.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 11:38 PM

Great use of scraps!!!! and very nice of you to do that.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#12 posted 09-10-2013 12:10 AM

Nice use of scraps. I really like that.

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#13 posted 09-10-2013 12:24 AM

Nice work, Don!!

I am always a fan of repurposing wood for another project.

My scrap box is mainly full of 1×2 and 2×4s, but I will surely try this when I get enough hardwood scraps

Thanks for the idea!!


-- "All good stories cost you blood or money" - Pat Finney

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#14 posted 09-10-2013 01:47 AM

You have some really beautiful scraps, and very kind of you to put them altogether to make an exceptionally nice board!

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#15 posted 09-10-2013 04:14 AM

Wow – you outdid yourself. Glad I’m saving off cuts. I an se that they may have a cool second life!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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