Cutting board? Or what should I use this for.

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Project by EggMan posted 03-18-2014 01:05 AM 2628 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I had some time on Sunday and it had these old pallets in the basement.

I broke them down and just using the 2×4 pieces, I made this thing. Pretty nice, oak, heavy, fairly square.

I have thought of trying my first attempt at an end grain cutting board from here, I am pretty sure I have it to the right point to proceed to that project.

Otherwise I was thinking of planning it a little more and finishing it up nice and using it as a cutting board/serving tray as is.

The only thing is the holes from the nails. They look kind of neat and most go all the way thru. But that would be hard to keep clean if using for food stuffs..

Any suggestion of how to fill these holes?
Or better ideas of what to use this for.

Thanks for the suggestions and all the great projects.


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#1 posted 03-18-2014 01:19 AM

Using that as a food contact board would be unsafe, because of the holes harboring bacteria. On top of that, from what I understand, Oak is a no-no because the open grain does the same thing. If I were you, Id make up some more and glue them all into a bigger top, for a table of some sort. What you have is nice wood and a good score, and the nail holes and rustic/reclaimed look is huge right now. Its just not safe for food.

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#2 posted 03-18-2014 01:34 AM

Eggman..have to agree with the Box Whisperer..the holes are a problem and although a lot of cutting boards you see have oak in them it’s not a good idea….I like the tray idea…that sounds good….maybe incorporate some of the slats to use as sides….whatever you come up with that’s a good looking board…and don’t fill the holes

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#3 posted 03-18-2014 01:35 AM

you could always fill the holes with some epoxy

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#4 posted 03-18-2014 02:14 AM

I brought home a half dozen pallets home the other day. Thankfully my GF helped me haul them!

I specifically looked for what Im going to call a local pallet. By local I mean that they have not been treated at all and are raw wood. My understanding is that when a pallet is shipped overseas, it is treated with a insecticide, and often painted. I have no real use for these pallets. Of the 6 I scored, they all have maple 2×4 runners and pine 1×6 slats. My understanding is that maple is great for cutting boards, particularly hard maple. If youre absolutely sure they have not been treated with anything, I would think this could be a good source for cutting boards. If it were me, Id save the oak for furniture.

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#5 posted 03-18-2014 02:14 AM

Also some pallets are treated with chemicals.

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#6 posted 03-18-2014 02:34 AM

If the pallets are clean, ie no chemicals, and all metal removed, I would be tempted to lamnate to create a bowl blank.

If enough good wood, I would think a rustic bookcase, even a wall hung unit, would be a good project.

Looks like a good source for wood.

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#7 posted 03-18-2014 01:09 PM

I am going to use some pallet wood to do an adaptation of another project I saw on here, #84634. Only doing face grain like your board instead of end grain. My plan is to build it in two tiers to replace our old school end tables.

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#8 posted 03-18-2014 05:32 PM

drill out the holes and fill them with dowels of all different kinds of wood, might look pretty cool.

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#9 posted 03-18-2014 09:23 PM

Let’s face it it is not really much good for any form of intricate work.Cabinetmaking etc,and is not really saveable either owing to the multi holed condition.I don’t wish to be mean or on the other hand unrealisticaly offering you false hope.However there comes a time when we really must face the facts it happens to all of us with all the small off cuts we collect over the year and then we need to make room and get rid of them ,certainly those in this condition.If it were some sort of prize wood then I would say use it perhaps for pen making but it’s not even IMHO good enough to spend time doing that unless you are really desperate.I am afraid I would suggest to use it for what I use better pieces than this, in terms of their future useabilty, and burn the lot or dump them.I put it to you that no one will be raiding the dumpster for it once you elbow it out of your precious space you need in your work room LOL Alistair

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#10 posted 03-19-2014 12:23 AM

Scotsman I respect your opinion, and your skills and knowledge for sure, so please dont take this as offensive, but I must respectfully disagree! (Im also half Scottish). I also read a lot of your posts, and not only are you one of the most helpfull people on this site, you are one of the nicest! Youve been at this a lot longer then I have so just bear with me….

The whole rustic thing is huge right now. The internet is full of pallet ideas, and plans, and with the world finally realizing it needs to go green, people like the pallet stuff too. Id check out Steve Ramsys Woodworking for mere mortals site for some great basic beginner projects.

As Scotsman said, this will never be for fine cabinets, but as long as you dont try to make it something it isnt, it can still be really nice.

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#11 posted 03-19-2014 01:51 PM

What i would do is rip it in two and create a floating book shelf. I added a link to the hardware that would be required. If i where you and you wanted the rustic look i would even leave the ends as they are and maybe beat the wood a bit with some chain or something to really make it look rustic (just an idea)

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#12 posted 03-19-2014 07:11 PM

I agree with those who say no to the cutting board. Pallet wood can be treated with insecticides and what not, I would not want to contact food with it. It is however a very nice panel, I think it would make an excellent end table top.

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