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My first cutting board (upcycled materials)

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Project by Jofa posted 302 days ago 907 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently broke down a shipping case from a lawn tractor and found that the vertical pieces were made of maple. Made sure the markings on the crate were heat treated.

The maple pieces were very rough cut so I did my best trying to make everything even and smooth using my table saw. Did gradual cuts on the wide parts until I got a pretty flat surface. Knocked off the edges as well and I was pretty happy with the results. Free maple!!! :)

So I had these pieces and didn’t really know what to do with them so when in doubt… cutting board.

Sandwiched some santos mahogany scraps that I had from another project. Once I got everything glued up I hit the surface with my new Chicago (HF) electric 3 1/2” planer and got the surface pretty even. (review on that item soon).

Sanded down to 600 grit and finished it with olive oil. Let it sit and wiped off any excess.

We will be using this board for cutting lemons. Our family drinks a lot of lemon water and having this board readily available will be cool. Sure looks better than those white plastic boards we have.

Thanks for looking! This was a fun, easy project.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.





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WayneC

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#1 posted 302 days ago

Nice project. I have a similar board project in progress. I hope it turns out as nice as yours.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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paxorion

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#2 posted 302 days ago

Nice upcycling. I noticed you used olive oil for the finish. Having recently done the research for making a cutting board, I found a good amount of info regarding using vegetable-based oils for a cutting board finish. Here’s a LJ post about it.

-- paxorion

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Jofa

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#3 posted 302 days ago

^ aah great information. Thanks!

Well, for the next one I’ll be hitting the pharmacy for some mineral oil! LOL!!!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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lumberdustjohn

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#4 posted 302 days ago

Nice looking board.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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palaswood

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#5 posted 302 days ago

Fantastic use of that maple! I’m totally on “board” with your upcycled cutting board idea.

I love the use of the mahogany strips, really adds a nice touch. Isnt finding hard wood on something like a crate pure joy?!

Great job – it looks fantastic. I have some cutting boards in the works (ideas anyway) and I believe I will use Olive Oil too

Love it!

-- Joseph, Lake Forest, CA, http://instagram.com/palas_woodcraft#

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Jofa

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#6 posted 302 days ago

Thanks everyone.

Joseph, take a look at the link that paxorion posted about using veggie oils. Apparently they can go rancid over time. I’m going to keep an eye on this to see how the olive oil fares. I like the little tint that the oil produced. My wife grabbed some mineral oil for me today so the next one will be a little different.

I wonder if it’s possible to add dye to mineral oil. I might need to give that a try.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 302 days ago

nice work.

as mentioend – vegetable oils as finish could lead to bad results. But also – I would recommend against using shipping crate lumber for anything food-related. these crates/pallets are usually treated with chemicals which are absorbed in the wood. not the type of material you want your food prepared on. just a thought. be safe.

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

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Jofa

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#8 posted 301 days ago

Thanks PurpLev.

The thought was in the back of my mind the whole time. The crate said HT but I’l lbe honest, I’m no expert on what is and is not safe when it comes to this stuff.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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EWJSMITH

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#9 posted 301 days ago

Love the almost ‘rustic look’ it has. Nice use of a shipping crate to say the least. Cheers!

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PurpLev

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#10 posted 301 days ago

I hear ya. I am of the notion that ‘better safe than sorry’ in most cases (not all…but definitely where health is a factor). it looks real nice – I would find a use for it, but I’m just not sure I would want to prepare food directly on it if that makes sense :) but to each their own. I know some folks could care less, but I get the feeling you are of same mind set.

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

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Jofa

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#11 posted 301 days ago

^ yep. She will probably become a nice little votive candle holder if I add a couple of small feet.

Now I need a lathe. I’ll let Mrs. Jofa know it was your fault. LOL!!!!

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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