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REPURPOSE | Trash into Treasures

CUTTING BOARD INTO IPAD STAND
Give props to your favorite online recipes with an iPad holder for the kitchen counter

Text by Wendy Becktold


Photo by Lori Eanes

Growing up, I was a mall rat, but now the idea of a climate-controlled labyrinth filled with shiny new consumer goods is depressing. I prefer the overflowing racks and shelves of the local thrift store, with its back-of-the-closet scent and eclectic selection. Apparently, I'm not alone. In 2008, 14 percent of consumers regularly shopped at thrift stores; now 20 percent do.

Jenna Isaacson, a lifelong thrifter and a photojournalist who has been visiting secondhand stores around the country and taking pictures for the past three years, says a lot of people tell her they shop at these stores to reduce their footprint. She has also noticed how thrift stores capture the character of the community — what sports teams people like, who they vote for, their religions," says Isaacson, who blogs at All Thrifty States ( "A thrift store in Kansas had a whole rack of overalls. You don't find that on the East Coast." Maybe that's why malls feel soulless by comparison.

For this project, I picked up a cutting board and a plate stand at a thrift store. I glued a Scrabble tile rack to the cutting board and propped the board on the plate stand. Now when I'm cooking from online recipes, I have a sturdy counter—top perch for my iPad that is out of the way of spills. I could have bought something similar at Pottery Barn, but this was much cheaper and simply has more soul.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: 1 | CONSTRUCTION TIME: 20 minutes

Based on a project by Jane Edwards at bit.ly/ipad_stand.


What You'll Need
  • Scrabble tile rack
  • Cutting board (it should be at least slightly bigger than your iPad)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Wood glue
  • Plate stand


 

 


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