Oak Pallet Wood Cutting Board

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Project by spudhogg posted 04-08-2014 04:20 AM 4029 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A woman in the Thursday Night Bible Study (yes, the Spudhogg is a “Bible Thumper”) I teach asked me to make her a cutting board the size and shape of my wife’s cutting board. So I rounded up some old planks I had from an old oak pallet and got to work. When I was done cutting and planing I had enough pieces to make two cutting boards. The one shown is the one my wife kept for herself.

I love working with reclaimed wood. There is something spiritual about it for me. To understand that, here is an article I wrote about it some time back: I love finding the beauty in the wood and grain beneath an otherwise ugly piece of wood!

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#1 posted 04-08-2014 04:49 AM

That’s all I use Spudhogg.
And I’ve gotten some pretty nice things made from it.

Your cutting boards are very nice indeed !

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#2 posted 04-08-2014 05:13 AM

I wouldn’t make anything out of pallet material that would be used to eat off of. Sorry.

Your board does look nice.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 04-08-2014 07:18 AM


I agree that that is a beautiful cutting board. Beautiful grain. Very well done.

Now, having said that, I must agree with mike and caution you about using this as a cutting board. Many pallets are chemically treated to prevent insect damage to the cargo. If you are going to use this around food, make ABSOLUTE SURE that this oak was not treated in any way.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 04-08-2014 07:56 AM

Great job, & story…. Some real beauty was hidden in hat pallet.

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

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#5 posted 04-08-2014 02:51 PM

Pallets with the marking MB on their side should not be used for projects that contact food. MB stands for Methyl Bromide, an insecticide and sealer. However if the marking on the side is HT, which stands for Heat Treated, the pallet is safe for projects which are used around food.

-- Spudhogg Woodworks

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 03:04 PM

Spuddhogg has great pointer regarding the pallet markings

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#7 posted 04-08-2014 04:00 PM

Be cautious using pallets for projects that come into contact with food as a large percentage of pallets are treated with chemicals to prevent them from being infested with bugs and make them more water resistant. In addition some pallets are used to transport chemicals that could be hazardous. Most pallets are required to me stamped or marked with these identifications.

Regardless , great work!


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#8 posted 04-08-2014 05:01 PM

Although MB is not at all good, it rarely will leave a residue on the wood (applied as a gas). In fact they used to treat food items with methyl bromide as recent as the 1980’s. But pallets do also contain all sorts of bacteria like listeria, e. coli, etc. since they are often in contact with soil and the ground. Some companies will also spray them with all sorts of nasty stuff that does not get stamped on them if not for international shipping.

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#9 posted 04-08-2014 09:09 PM

+1 on not using pallet wood for anything that touches food. Markings or not those pallets can come in contact with all sorts of things, all of which I would not want touching my food.

Nice looking board though!

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#10 posted 04-08-2014 11:13 PM

Wouldn’t trust pallet wood for food contact, as others have stated. Methyl bromide, I believe, is used to treat beds for tobacco seedlings.

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#11 posted 04-10-2014 03:10 AM

man doesn’t even look like oak

I wouldn’t use pallet wood for food. Surprises me a lot of of people use pallets for burning. Seems like you’d have some of the same concerns with chemicals there too.

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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