South American Hardwood Cutting Boards

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 04-15-2010 11:49 PM 5419 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found a hardwood flooring importer in Seattle that gives the crates/dunage away just to get it out of there wharehouse. I pull the nails/brads, plane it and then glue them pieces together and out pops a VERY BEAUTIFUL cutting board. Most of my customers won’t use them because they don’t want to mare the surface. A little 200 grit and walnut oil and they are as good as new. This is a green board. Recycling at its best. The board consists of jatoba, ipe, tigerwood, angelim, moabi, yellow heart, red heart, purple heart, cumaru, garapa, south american pearwood, just to name a few.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 12:12 AM

All of these woods came off of crates? Looks good.


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#2 posted 04-16-2010 01:33 AM

Yes they did. The flooring comes out of Brazil and they use whatever junk wood they have laying around for the crates. Well, their JUNK wood is a treasure trove for us thrifty wood workers. Find a John Deere dealer or any other small utility garden emplement dealer and most (if not all) of the equipment comes from overseas and they use what ever they have for the crates. I scrounge most of my wood from places like that. You have to find a flooring dealer that imports or buys it by the crate. The finished flooring usually comes in cardboard boxes, but the crates they ship them in/on are mad of a woodworkes gold.
Good luck / good hunting

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 04-16-2010 02:04 AM

they are beautiful

-- Joe, Ga

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#4 posted 04-16-2010 02:10 AM

looks good, very resourceful. I’ve gotten some very nice 2×4 oak from creates and palets

-- Doug...

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#5 posted 04-16-2010 02:12 AM

those are great, especially that the woods free. i found a cabinet maker thats local to me that throws away tons of cutoffs and waste. most of it black walnut. lots goes to my fire place in the winter but i save the figured stuff for pens and segmented bowls. free = good

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#6 posted 04-16-2010 02:54 PM

Cool Looking Boards !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 04-16-2010 03:34 PM

wow all that from crates

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 04-18-2010 12:23 AM

Beautiful. Amazing what can be done with creates.

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#9 posted 04-18-2010 04:38 PM

The last buch of crate wood I got was some ipe 7/8” X 7” X 7’. It had 6 nail holes and one was an edge board. The crate bottom boards (3 of them spaced for a fork lift) usually range from 2” X 2” up to 3.5” X 3.5” and the material varies. Some times I get some real GEORGOUS spalted jatoba or other species. Like I said, their junk is my gold mine. One of my next project postings will be a Bistro table and stools that Wood Magazine had a couple of years ago that I made from this crate wood.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#10 posted 04-18-2010 07:11 PM

Variety is the spice of life ! Very nice work on all of the boards and I see you like to recycle as much as I do : )
I love to make projects to what ever size the board is instead of having certain measurements written in stone for a project : ) Wasting would is against the law in my book ! Hahaha

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

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#11 posted 04-30-2010 07:11 PM

A beautifull board.

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