Have you ever worked on a project before and you couldn’t exactly figure it out?
I mean…..you knew it had potential.
You knew it was almost there.
You knew it could be amazing.
But no mater how hard you tried and worked and adjusted and twisted and turned, you just couldn’t exactly figure it out.
…and all of a sudden life handed you a brilliant idea.
Me, too. 🙂
I’ve seen cutting boards before like this in high end magazines that cost as much as small island in the south Pacific.
But I have these four kids.
Kids that play baseball and have cheer uniforms and eat groceries by the sackful and who I want to send to college one day.
And so I have to get creative with my plans for fancy cutting boards….
….and make my own.
To make the project, I started with a cutting board.
This one was left-over from a my brother’s butcher block counter tops.
I liked it because it was thick and butcher blocky and full of potential.
Next, I found casters at the home improvement store.
Here’s a few caster tips:
1. I got the ones with the lock. Much better to be able to lock my cutting board in place.
2. I got smaller industrial looking ones that were about 2″. You can see the size on the box when you go to the caster aisle.
3. I also got the ones you can attach to the surface, rather than the ones that insert into a hole that you drill.
Here’s a close-up of the caster attached to the bottom of the butcher block.
And it locks in place.
Here’s the underside of the cutting board with all four casters put in place.
I loved the industrial look of the casters and how something so simple that only took about five minutes to attach made such a big difference.
But I wanted to add something more.
I wanted to take my cutting board to the next level.
And that’s where the brilliant idea comes in.
I wanted handles.
But traditional hardware wouldn’t work.
You see…most traditional door handles attach from the back. As in…you put them on the front of the cabinet door or drawer and attach the screws from the back.
But this is a cutting board.
There isn’t a back.
And in addition, the cutting board is relatively narrow, so any of the larger, industrial handles wouldn’t fit.
What is a cutting board maker who’s trying to put four kids through college and keep them in Honey Nut Cheerios to do?
Enter the amazing idea.
And for the solution, I went all old school.
A window sash handle….the kind that I have all over my house because my windows are vintage. You can find them in the hardware section next to the pulleys.
This handle attaches from the front and it’s small enough to fit on the cutting board.
Thanks life. 🙂