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Project by nickel posted 03-30-2015 02:35 AM 1747 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I aquire two boards of 10/4 bubinga (10’×20”×2.5”) at a steal of a price. This is one massive cutting board and designed to handle even the largest thanksgiving turkey. The wood was proceed at just under $2,300.00 quite and expensive cutting board. (The final dimensions of the cutting board are 17×22x2)

-- -Nickel Risk





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#1 posted 03-30-2015 05:10 AM

That’s quite a cutting board must weigh about 20 #s.Bulbinga is such a hard wood hope it’s not too hard on your knives. Nice find thanks for sharing.Aj

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#2 posted 03-30-2015 06:51 AM

It’s by far the most dense wood I’ve come across. It destroyed 6 of my planer blades as well as a new table saw blade. It’s some tough wood. I aquired about $10,000 of this wood for only a mere $70. I call that a steal.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#3 posted 03-30-2015 12:47 PM

Great looking board!

Aj2 was nicely hinting at the reason why you don’t see bubinga and ipe used a lot on boards – it dulls and rounds over knife blades. You stated it “destroyed” six of your planer blades AND a table saw blade? I sure wouldn’t want to cut on this board….......

Your board has to be softer than your knife’s edge for a cutting board to work.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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#4 posted 03-30-2015 01:04 PM

That is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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#5 posted 03-30-2015 01:20 PM

@knotcurser the bubinga is only bad on the knife if the person does not know proper kitchen techniques.

It does weigh quite about. Closer to around 30lbs or so. The grain is absolutely beautiful in this wood

-- -Nickel Risk

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BoardSMITH

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#6 posted 03-30-2015 03:44 PM

“bubinga is only bad on the knife if the person does not know proper kitchen techniques.”

Does this mean that if a person knows correct knife techniques cutting on a glass cutting board is okay?

-- David www.TheBoardSMITH.com

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#7 posted 03-30-2015 07:43 PM

”@knotcurser the bubinga is only bad on the knife if the person does not know proper kitchen techniques.”

As a chef, and a very frequent user of fine knives and cutting boards I find your statement totally false.

If I drag a sharp blade across a surface that’s harder than the edge of the knife – be it glass, cement, metal or hard wood like bubinga or ipe that blade edge will actually round over and deform and will need to be honed back into shape or even sharpened.

Going by your statement then I should be able to chop and slice on a cement cutting board, right?

I’m not insulting your project – I think it’s fantastic looking and took a TON of skill to create! It’s just not a good surface for knives is all.

Cheers!

-bob

-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: rrww@rhoadesclan.com / www.rhoadesclan.com

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nickel

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#8 posted 03-30-2015 08:24 PM

@knotcurser I appreciate your input. If you do your research you will find that bubinga is a great wood for a cutting board. The main reason most don’t use it is that it is expensive and can be hard to glue. While bubinga is a harder wood it won’t damage your cutting instruments. The reason my planer had a hard time planing the wood is that the planer was cutting endgrain Which is,always tougher.

http://tacef.org/best-wood-for-making-cutting-boards/

-- -Nickel Risk

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Coxy23

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#9 posted 03-30-2015 08:42 PM

Great looking cutting board…fine work.
I am wondering where you are located that bubinga is prices at nearly $28 / bf. That is based on your 2 boards with dimensions you mentioned (83.3 bf total) for $2300. I just bought some this weekend for $11 / bf…his regular price. Though there is sometimes a 20% upcharge for the wide boards. Many woods will damage planer blades when going across end grain…not unique to bubinga.

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nickel

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#10 posted 03-30-2015 08:48 PM

The bubinga I aquired was from my companies aviation interior ahop. That was the price they paid for it almost 10 years ago. They lost it in their inventory system and it sat there 7 years without them knowing it was there. For those who do t know, aviation grade parts are extremely expensive and go through intense testing and inspection.. Even the wood that goes inside these corporate jets must be sent out to laboratories for testing before it can be used. That’s one reason it’s not uncommon to have a price tag of $700 on a $5 bolt you could buy at lowes.

-- -Nickel Risk

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#11 posted 03-30-2015 09:13 PM

I really like that.

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