Garage sale cutting board..

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Project by steelshot posted 09-24-2010 06:23 AM 1793 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I picked up a maple cutting board for 0.50 at a garage sale last week. I seen it sitting on the table and looked at the price, “SCORE” I said to myself. LOL The guy couldn’t believe someone would by it in such rough condition.
I squared up all the edges, and about an hour or so of sanding, a little gluing and clamping to close up some seams it was just about ready for some oil. I put a 1/4” route on all the edges and a final sand with 320 grit, it was ready for oil. I put 4 coats of mineral oil on it, boy that wood was dry. I then put a coat of bee’s wax on it.
I was surprised at how nice this board turned out. I should take it back to where I bought it and ask the guy if he wants to buy it back LOL.

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 06:31 AM

Smart pickup. The pics tell the story very well.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 11:19 AM

Excellent score! Gotta love those yardsales- think of all the work it saved YOU. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 11:49 AM

Nice score and save, well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 04:33 PM

nice job …price of the wood alone

-- I cut it three times and it's still too short

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 11:57 PM

Great buy and nice save!

I like seeing the before and after pictures too.

It’s like a brand new board!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 11:20 AM

I like to see the before and after pics also.
It just shows that you can really bring out the true beauty of wood, with a little TLC.

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 02:21 PM

I might just have to start going to garage sales!

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 05:47 PM

Great save Steelshot. Yes, you should at least take it back and show and tell the last owner. Another place to find solid wood throwaways is the Goodwill stores. I recently found a captains bed at my local store that I refurbished by rebuilding one drawer and painting it the color my grandson choose, not solid wood, at the cost of $25, but the real treasure was finding a shadow box made from solid Mahogany for just a quarter. I have not started on it yet but I will post before and after pictures when I do.

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