First cutting boards

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Project by SASmith posted 09-24-2010 08:49 PM 5227 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first post showing my first cutting boards.
Pics 1 & 2 bookmatched endgrain spalted ambrosia maple and cherry
Pics 3 & 4 bookmatched endgrain spalted ambrosia maple and sassafras
Pic 5 ambrosia maple, sassafras, walnut, and hickory in a chevron pattern
Pic 6 random boards
Constructive criticism welcome.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#1 posted 09-24-2010 09:27 PM

This may be a dumb question since I’m still somewhat new to woodworking, but isn’t spalted wood just wood with a fungus? Is splated wood safe to use for food applications like a cutting board? Once again, not to be rude but just a question perhaps displaying my own ignorance. Does anyone have any info on this? I do like the designs however. Some nice looking wood as well.

-- Matt -

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 10:18 PM

Wow. What a nice set. I like ‘em.
My hat is off to you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 11:10 PM

Spalting is decoloration of wood by fungus. Unless the spalting is still active(live fungus is there), it wouldn’t be harmful for cutting board use. However, you have to consider the strength of wood. Usually the spalted wood is softer than regular lumbers, so it wouldn’t be easy to find dense ones. Soft lumber soaks up moisture very easily and chips out easily too.

It’s nice boards. You’ve been very creative for nice set.
It’d be good for kitchen decoration but some people prefer simple ones for daily chopping jobs.

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 11:32 PM

Welcome to the LJ cutting board club, pick up you washroom key on the way out. Very nice set

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#5 posted 09-25-2010 01:43 AM

Nice boards and don’t forget the washrm. key…lol nice one abbynormal

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#6 posted 09-25-2010 01:53 AM

That is a nice set of boards. You are off to a very good start. Keep up the good work.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#7 posted 09-25-2010 02:37 AM

Terrific work….and now the bar is raised a bit more for the rest of us….

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 09-25-2010 07:07 AM

Nice boards… day I’ll have to try for my key…........hope I do half as good as these!!!

-- Doug, New Mexico.......the only stupid question is one that is never asked!........don't fix it, if it ain't broke!

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#9 posted 09-25-2010 10:53 AM

beautiful boards and well designed to incorporate the grain best way possible!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#10 posted 09-25-2010 12:09 PM

I wouldn’t use spalted wood either for a cutting board. Not just the soft part of it, but the fungus, even though dead, is still there. There is no proof that it is harmful if eaten it can cause problems working with it. Especially sanding. I had an allergic reaction to it a few years ago, so make sure you protect yourself. Beautiful boards and welcome.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 09-25-2010 02:16 PM

If these are your first I can’t imagine what you will come up with next!!

-- curious woodworker

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#12 posted 09-25-2010 03:41 PM

Nice looking boards. Not sure about the use of the spalted would though, but all look great. Nice Job!!!

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#13 posted 10-11-2010 12:35 AM

I am not concerned with the spalted lumber. The last stage in kiln drying is the high temp stage used specifically to kill mold, fungus, bacteria, and insects.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#14 posted 08-01-2014 09:10 PM

What about using Sassafras? There are lots of reports that it is toxic, but I wonder if that is the roots and bark, not the wood? Does kiln drying make it safe? I love the sassafras in your pic, and I have some of my own that I would like to make into a cutting board, but I’m not sure…

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#15 posted 08-01-2014 09:42 PM

Azul531, welcome to lumberjocks.

I am not worried about sassafras being toxic. It might be toxic if you were to eat the whole board though.
It is a little soft for a cutting board.
This board is only used for serving/decoration anyway.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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