Plywood trivet and cutting boards

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Project by Beau & Kara Studios posted 04-28-2012 11:36 AM 6565 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Went cutting board crazy in between big projects. So much talent on this site I decided to compete with all you other guys and gals.
First cutting board isn’t a cutting board at all. It’s a trivet made out of all scrap wood plywood. :)
Second is cherry, oak, and maple I got from an Amish farm.
Third is barn wood elm and oak.
Forth is old growth barn wood oak. That board was so twisted I had no other choice but to cut it into pieces in order to save it.
Fifth is cuttoff scraps from a cabinet manufacture. Cherry, maple, and hickory cuttoffs. I have made many cutting boards out of these scraps; and given many away to deserving families.

-- Beau Lasiewicz

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#1 posted 04-28-2012 12:19 PM

These all look great, but I would most certainly NOT eat anything off of that plywood one!!!! The glues used to hold plywood together are not safe to prepare food on – plus it would destroy your knives!

PLEASE do not eat anything made on plywood!


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#2 posted 04-28-2012 01:49 PM

Formaldahyde. MNNN my favorite. :-) Hard to compete with Andy? Nice work, and those scraps aren’t scraps anymore.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-28-2012 02:38 PM

Great boards, and excellent use of the scraps. I should attempt the plywood one as I have enough scraps probably to glue a 4×8 sheet back together :)

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 04-28-2012 03:25 PM

A cool bunch of boards very creative.


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#5 posted 04-28-2012 03:40 PM

I’ve also used the plywood scraps for boards, but they only get used as trivets or just something to raise the pot off the counter. (One of them is for our 55 cup percolator. The fill spout is so low that you can’t get a regular cup under it or out of it without tipping it at a 30° angle. Bummer if you want a whole cup of coffee at a party)!
I also have a griddle pan with raised ridges that I like to use. I have a trivet thing for it because I don’t want it on the formica countertop. No matter how much I am careful with it, I spill grease so I cut channels into the board that capture the grease and it can be washed off easily.

On another note, many decades ago when I was a wee tyke, we went to my grandmothers house to visit for a few days. She had built a coffee table out of 1” strips of plywood from the mill behind her house. legs, gussets, table top, trestle, etc. were all made out of strips of plywood 3/4” thick and 1” wide by whatever she cut them at for length.
In my later years it has always brought thoughts of Frank Lloyd Wright designs for house interiors.
The last time I saw it was about 20 years ago, (it was built in the late 40’s or early 50’s), when it was in my cousins house. I don’t know if it survives today.
It was made with whatever glue she had available at the time, probably the same glue they used on the ranch… hide glue maybe? Elmer’s? Mucilage? Guaranteed it wasn’t Titebond or Gorilla Wood glue.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#6 posted 04-28-2012 08:37 PM

This is what I love about this site – the mind boggling creativity!
I found out about using plywood for cool patterns accidentaly and no one will believe it’s plywood.
You should be proud of yourself for donating these things to folks who need them. Super!!!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 09:34 PM

I just got an idea for a gift for my ex wife.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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#8 posted 04-28-2012 11:21 PM

Thanks for all the advice. I know myself not to use plywood for a food preparation surface. Just labeled the title of my project wrong. It’s fixed now!

-- Beau Lasiewicz

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#9 posted 04-29-2012 05:40 AM

Can i still give one to my ex ? Pic 4 is my favorite one.

-- Thank You Veterans!

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