My First Cutting Board

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Project by chef57 posted 02-06-2017 12:29 PM 694 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a professional chef I have had the opportunity to use some really nice butcher block tables during the course of my career. However, I never owned one. After I retired i needed something to do with my time so I slowly began woodworking. That’s when I decided to learn how to build a cutting board.

The wood is maple and oak and it came out beautifully. I love using it.

The pattern for this board came from the wood whisperer. I like watching his videos, he’s funny as well as informative.

I realize most people would not choose oak for a cutting board but I did because it is very hard and very affordable. Since this was my first attempt, if I screwed up, I would rather waste maple and oak rather than say walnut or cherry, both about double the cost.

The other issue with oak is the size of the pores on the end grain. They are big alright and it seems a lot of people believe this is a problem because there is a potential for bacteria to develop.

At the end of the day wood, all wood, has natural anti-bacterial properties. A wooden cutting board that has been contaminated and left over a 24 hour period will destroy 99.9 % of any bacteria present. You can read the research for yourself by doing a search for “UC Davis cutting board paper” – it will be the first or second hit.

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 08:12 PM

You ought to love it – pretty darn nice. congrats and thanks for the bacteria info.

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 02-07-2017 11:57 AM

Beautiful and well done! I hope you realize that it won’t be the last one – by a long shot. Welcome to your newest addiction!

-- "They don't want it perfect - they want it SPECIAL"

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#3 posted 02-07-2017 11:46 PM

Thank you both, it’s nice to hear that.

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#4 posted 06-24-2017 11:46 PM

Beautiful cutting board

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