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Scrap Wood Cutting Boards

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Scrap Wood Cutting Boards

Turn trash into treasure.

By Yoav Liberman

I love hard cheeses and hard-crust breads. My cheese-making skills are limited and my baking talent is admired only in our household and among close friends, so I use my woodworking skills to make distinctive cutting boards to serve the foods I like.

The secret to my designs is using cast-off lumber, those short cutoffs and deformed pieces that usually get thrown out or burned in the fireplace (Photo 1). I’ll demonstrate how I deal with the imperfections that characterize the scrap pieces I use. I’ll also explain how to turn a handle that’s functional and decorative.

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I make beautiful cutting boards from gnarly offcuts. Maple, beech, cherry and birch are safe woods to use for serving food.

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This story originally appeared in American Woodworker December/January 2009, issue #139.


December/January 2009, issue #139

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