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08-10-2011 08:24 PM

I have some scraps of maple left over from making my beds that I make. I have a lot of 2×6’s and they are 20’’ long. What would be a good thing to make out of them. And would maple be good to make coasters out of. I got some other scrap maple like 2×4’s and 1×4’s that I thought I would use. And would they be good to make ornaments out of to. I thought of making some for christmas presents for this year. Any ideas would be helpfull.

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#1 posted 08-10-2011 10:34 PM

Hi Nate. That maple would make great cutting boards. You could cut it into squares and then alternate the grain direction for a nice looking board. You can also make trivets for setting hot things on in the kitchen. Those are nice turned round or cut and routed on the edges. Maple is great wood for making kitchen utensils out of – like forks and spoons for salad or stirring. I don’t think it will go to waste!!

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#2 posted 08-10-2011 10:49 PM

Woodsmith did a router bowl one time. They were really nice.

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#3 posted 08-11-2011 02:11 AM

Just to let you know… gluing small pieces from scraps is challenging. You can take a look on my blog to have some idea…

Here is one picture to show you


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#4 posted 08-11-2011 07:56 PM

Thanks for the ideas. For the cutting boards could I cut them in strips instead of squars and then glue them together. And if I do cutting boards what should I use to protect them.

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 08:31 PM

nate -
What makes maple so good for cutting boards is that it’s got a very tight grain and is not porous so it doesn’t absorb foods or hold bacteria. So, you don’t want the end-grain facing the food surface (end-grain is more porous). Other than that, squares or strips – let your imagination run wild! As for sealing remember, it’s for food. So you probably want to use an oil of some kind that is non-toxic and won’t impart a flavor. Looks like last post was over a month ago – hopefully you got your answer in the meanwhile.

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#6 posted 09-26-2011 12:05 AM

butcher block oil

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#7 posted 09-26-2011 12:31 AM

One word- Bench Tops. Ever see what they charge for laminated maple bench tops? Slap some together and sell ‘em on craigslist!

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#8 posted 09-26-2011 01:03 AM

Rip the thin stuff and make for checker boards, you can buy bulk checkers to stain the colours you use for the squares. If you know of anyone with a CNC machine, glue those pieces into blanks the width of their cutting surface for them and get them to cut out the Checkers with company Logos on them and sell them to company sales reps as Christmas gifts for good clients.

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