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Something from Nothing!

At the last 3 fairs, I managed to sell out of bread boards. We have the holiday fairs coming up starting in November and I decided to make more breadboards (duh!) but change the handles a bit. So I made 11 19 inch x 5 inch bread boards and had all these little rectangles left over from cutting the handles. Now, being someone who hates to waste wood, I wondered what to do with them. I had this idea of making a single cutting board with all these scraps (22 of them to be exact). I had to square each one up and make a jig to hold them. The biggest problem was getting enough clamps on them as I had to stagger the rows to be sure I got good coverage with the glue (and that they would look good). The first and last pictures are the cutting board… the other 3 are the bread boards. Now I know what to do with all those handle scraps!
Thanks for looking!!
Someday one of these woodworking websites will give a prize for the best use of scraps! Maybe I’ll win that one ;-)

-- Ellen

You made a good combination out of the pieces. Yup, I counted 22. I missed the tiny walnut piece on the first count :)

Last time you had a lot more boards. I guess you still have 30 days to make more.

Hope you sell all of them.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

Actually, there are only 16 rectangles… the stripes come from a single piece. The last few pieces were meh so I did not use them.

-- Ellen

Waste not want not! Excellent use of the waste Ellen (which becomes…… unwaste?).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway

Clean lines and elegant, Ellen.

Something for nothing, indeed

-- BBM

Very COOL way of using up small pieces of leftovers!


Just plain SUPER COOL!

I think You’ve Got It!

Thank you!

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Looks great!
Thanks for posting

Great idea they are beautiful !!

great wood combo Ellen.

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