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SWAPPING GIGS: Sterling Riggs learns to make custom cutting boards

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One Louisville business owner is taking what was once trash and turning it into functional pieces of art. Sterling Riggs swaps gigs with a custom woodworker to see what it takes to create an inlaid cutting board.

The workers at Custom Hardwood Supply can take just about any design and create a custom hardwood floor. The Louisville business builds and ships custom masterpieces all across the world.

But when a job is finished, the workers have small scraps leftover. For many years, the company would just give the scraps away to be used as firewood. In 2006, owner Jennifer Adams decided to use the discarded wood and make another product that people could use on a daily basis.

Kentucky Cutting Boards is now carving its way into a profitable business selling beautiful handmade cutting, cheese and bread boards. Adams cut Riggs in on how the boards are made, and he quickly found out that it's not as easy as it looks.

A high-tech flooring machine cuts out all of the pieces and carves the pattern. The darker pieces of wood are then glued and placed by hand in the outline. Many times, the pieces don't quite fit and need to be sanded down. It typically takes about an hour to complete one board. It took Riggs a little longer that.

The finished product is a beautiful and functional cutting board but that's not all the boards are used for. Adams says, "Most people use them as decorations in their kitchen."

Kentucky Cutting Boards started making a few hundred products a year, are now sold in several stores across Kentucky.

To find out more about Kentucky Cutting Boards, CLICK HERE.

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