Easy Cutting Board and $20 plan

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Project by oldguy2 posted 10-24-2016 10:54 AM 1595 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was told most woodworkers will get asked to make a cutting board. This is my third one. I ripped the walnut strips to about 1/2 since the scrap piece had a large knot and not more was usable. The 3 pieces of ash were jointed and matched to fit. Since one had a flaw one the back I decided to make feet by using wood buttons so only this side is usable for cutting. Both sides were scraped and sanded. I like a double round over look and with the feet it lifts this off the counter nicely. 4 coats of olive oil preheated just soaked in and rubbed. So the $20 and the other photos is more to this story. Enjoy. Years ago my wife and I set up an allowance for me after I broke down on the way to work and barely had coffee money. Sad when you make 50k. Now the deal is here is your money for the month don’t ask for tool money. Fair enough. So Learn Something Friends ! I budget that money. like scrooge. I carry a tool spending billfold, never go to a sale without it. Have bought many tools on sale because I had the cash to do it. Never had to oh..%#@ wish I had $$$. Wood magazine has this fantasy going of $150 a paycheck, just for your workshop. Even as a business I had cash but not 150 a month. we all look for deals. Start saving money and carry some with you. Now here was my CHEAP deal only a nut woodworker would love it. A company that makes drawers was selling the dumpster of scrap..picture..5ft by 5ft by 5ft. all planed most 3 inch or 4 inch, lengths up to 14 inch. for $20. I needed 24 boxes and 3 plastics crates for the loot. Small stuff was for fires. wall..most is in plastic crates along my shop wall by lengths under a foot. under 10 inch and over a foot. that’s 8 in the shop. 12 boxes are in the shed. You can see I tried to glue some panels, why knot, I have loads to waste, 3 samples in the picture, and wide enough for the planer. Next a band saw box 6 pieces of scrap..the drawers are out and the front/backs are out, the box is 5×6. 3 boxes of wood went camping,wow, that nice hardwood burned so well…not to cry 24 boxes for $20. And the company makes 2 dumpsters a week, also wood strips of scrap. I hope to go shopping next spring !!

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#1 posted 10-24-2016 02:10 PM

Wise use of “scrap”. I would spring on that deal! If you had a shaper or even router with a finger-joint bit you could make longer pieces of it. Or you could just scarf them together. The harbor-freight workbenches are made of finger-jointed scrap like that.

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#2 posted 10-24-2016 07:21 PM

Nice cutting board … and wood rant … $20? great deal for some very useful wood.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#3 posted 10-24-2016 08:05 PM

A. Nicely done baord.

B. Great wood “CHEAPIE/TIGHTWAD” haul!

C. Being a “card -carrying” TIGHTWAD; I really do about the same. My main source for much of my wood is a fence company dumpster! I have found on rare occasions very nice chunks of hardwood in there too. Lost on great “new” cedar almost always! Shorts or a long crack etc. sometime almost a full 6 feet with very little wrong. A lotof gorgeous “weathered” cedar for planters.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#4 posted 10-25-2016 05:01 AM

Kudos for giving those wood scraps a second life. Those trees take a long time to grow and they usually aren’t the type you find on the devilstrip! I am a tightwad but also a tree hugger, big time. Therefore you are like a living legend to me :-D

(Re)Using scrap is something everyone should feel good about!

-- Here to learn

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#5 posted 10-25-2016 05:05 AM

Also, just an FYI that Rockler sells boxes about the size of a small microwave for $30. If you put together bins and sold for half you would be doing the world a good service and making loot at the same time—especially if those boards are jointed/planed.

For the record, I don’t think the Rockler boxes are worth it, and I would recommend others find some other way to procure wood. Like you did, find people who are using it and make a friend in the world!

-- Here to learn

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#6 posted 05-31-2017 10:35 AM

Ah yes there is one, and a good job as well!

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-07-2017 01:22 AM

Nice Board!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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