From fenceboards to supersized cutting board tray

Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Are you into antique cutting boards?

I sure am! But we don’t seem to have lots of woodsy stuff in our thrift stores of late, so… I made my own oversized reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray out of a few fence planks, and a stencil.

Build it Blog Hop / Repurpose It Challenge / funkyjunkinteriors.net

But that’s not all… 

Mindi from My Love 2 Create banded together 8 building bloggers, with the challenge of repurposing something, including some building techniques! Fun!

So first up, here’s mine…

fallen down old fence / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Those familiar with my junk ways know of my obsession with reclaimed wood. If there’s a broken fence somewhere in my neighbourhood, it SHALL land in my driveway!

fence planks in the back of a truck / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net

What a lottery kinda day THIS was!

fence planks / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
After pressure washing them (shown HERE), I ended up with some pretty nice planks!

So let’s make this thing.

How to make an oversized cutting board:

1. Grab 3 fence planks of the same thickness.

Rough edges of fence boards / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
2. Line up the bottoms au natural, if you desire a really chipped look.

Cutting a pattern for / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
3. Cut a hand drawn pattern on how you desire to shape your cutting board.

4. Trace onto one side of the boards, then flip and repeat to the other side.

Clamped wood for jigsaw cutting / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
5. Cut out your shapes with a jigsaw.

Cutting board shape / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
6. Sand REALLY WELL, including the edges until very rounded, like a real cutting board would be.

Cool huh? Looks kind of real!

spade drill bit / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Cutting board shape / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
7. Using a spade drill bit, create a hole in the handle, and loop twine through it for a tie. If you want.

(not shown.. oops! so here’s a finished shot and what a spade drill bit looks like)

Stencilling Apple Farm on / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
8. ‘Crate it up’ with a cool stencil if desired.
APPLE FARM : Funky Junk's Old Sign StencilsShown – Apple FARM from my own line HERE.

Apple Farm stencil / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
To get nice sharp edges, How To Stencil is HERE.

9. Very lightly distress with a sander once fully cured. (not shown)

Stencilling numbers / Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
10. Mount the boards together somehow.

Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray as a coffee table top / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray with stencilled design / funkyjunkinteriors.net
I chose to attach two small support boards from the top, making them look like intentional handle supports. They sport a random stencil treatment as if chunks of crates were used.

(used / part of International Brewers Coffee / part of BINGO STAR – small)

Whatever did I ever use to do without these things?!

Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray on a trunk / funkyjunkinteriors.net

Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray on a trunk / funkyjunkinteriors.net
11. Go play with your new toy!

Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
Reclaimed wood cutting board Apple Farm tray / funkyjunkinteriors.net
And just let it be whatever you wish it to be. 🙂 What would you do with one?

Aaaand… let’s check out the rest! I can’t wait…

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  1. That cutting board is cute as apple pie!!! I recently happened upon your blog and I’m hooked. I’m not a builder, not by choice I just don’t have the tools or time but I love repurposed everything and I am a consumer. Thanks for sharing your talents…

  2. Donna, that is such a great, easy looking project. What I noticed almost immediately is the staging you do and how beautiful your photos are. They make your projects look even more inviting and it makes me want to run up to the barn and start a project!!

    Thank you so much for all your repurposing ideas and creations. You make even the most novice crafter feel like it can be done. I love your blog and look for it every day.

  3. Donna! You really made my day you know that! This TOTALLY looks real, you have a magic touch to make things look rustic and awesome. The rounded edges, raw end, handles on the top, and the stencils are perfect, I love it! Thank you so much for participating in the challenge! Oh, and you pictures…amazing! 🙂

  4. Donna,

    I love your oversized diy reclaimed cutting board tray!

    My favorite part is the random stenciling of the support boards so they look like reclaimed crate parts!

    gail

  5. Very Nice Re-purpose of the old fence boards Donna. The reuse of this material into a Cutting Board Tray look very much country farm. I think it was a wonderful creation, and with the stencil work it just made it Pop !.
    Great job!!! and now you still have a whole truck load to make more fine creations.
    There nothing more rewarding than reclaiming old wood to a New Life of use.
    Have fun….

  6. Your cutting board is all kinds of cool, Donna…I can imagine many uses for it, actually…it’s large enough to act as a breakfast tray, a serving tray, or even a tray for your laptop! Or, I’d even be more inclined just to set it somewhere and oooh and awww over it…if anyone dare sets his/her drink on it, I would skin ’em alive…hehe!

    I just love how you’ve used bits and pieces of your amazing stencils so that it looks like you’ve built this out of old signs, too! You really need your own line of home furnishings for people like me who suck at building stuff! 🙂

  7. What a super cool project. I love your stencils, you put them in just the right places to look like they’re pulled off of something old. I need to try that.

  8. What a darling tray. I love using the old fence boards. Love the stencil and the rough finish. Have to go on the hunt for an old fence. Ha
    Thanks for sharing.