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This Cutting Box is made with people who love to cook outdoors in mind. The lid (which slides open) is used as a cutting board. The inner box is used to store cutlery needed for your food. The box is divided into two parts; one for clean cutlery and the other for used cutlery.

Step 1:

I found an old pallet to make the box out of. I cut the planks with a jig saw roughly to the desired length. I then sanded them so that the planks would fit snugly next to each other. I then glued the planks together on their sides and clamped them to ensure a close fit.

Step 2:

After the glue drier overnight I sanded the two boards i had made down so that they were flat and level. I also started sanding individual planks down. These will serve as the sides of the box. The planks were then fit to the side of the board and screwed into place. The second side is done in the same way as the first.

Step 3:

The third side is the same height as the two long sides. This is the side that will stop the lid from simly sliding over the box. It is cut to size and screwed into place.

Step 4:

Remember to keep working with a square to ensure that the angles stay at 90 degrees. The fourth side needs to be shorter that the first three as the lid needs to slide over it. To cut it to the correct height you will need to measure the height of the lid and cut that amount off this side. This is to make sure the top of the assembled box is level. It is also fastened by screwing it into place. Now all the sides need to be fastened from the bottom as well to prevent them from rotating.

Step 5:

The plank that will be seperating the inner compartment also needs to be cut to the same height as the sort side. The lid will need to slide over it as well. Remember to fasten it from the bottom too.

Step 6:

Sand the box down for the final finish. I started with a 40grit and then moved to a 100grit. After this i finished it off by hand with water paper. I then waxed the box to waterproof the wood. This will also keep splinters from chipping off and ending up in the food you are prepairing. I then attached the old hinges I found. These hinges keep the lid from tipping over.

Step 7:

The lid is als cut to size after the paint dried. I sanded it down and finished it in the same way as the box. I also applied was to the lid. I then drilled a hole in its front and screwed the old, used knob i found in. The lid now simply slides onto the box for assembly.
Eek! Bad idea to make cutting boards from pallet wood! Even if it has the international logo that its been treated w/out chemicals, thats only before its first use, so u never TRULY KNOW where it's been and how its used after that. Sure, u can visually see if things have been spilled on them and whatnot, but some of these chemicals that do get on top of pallets, just isn't worth the risk of possible exposure to them. Steer clear of pallets for direct food-contacting projects, PLEASE! Kinda surprised nobody else said what i just did, for this 'ible.
Cool idea
neat project but the composite pics are difficult to see and read your comments

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