First cutting boards

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Project by SASmith posted 1403 days ago 2559 views 2 times favorited 13 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 1403 days ago

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 1403 days ago

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 1403 days ago

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 1403 days ago

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 1402 days ago

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

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#6 posted 1402 days ago

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 1402 days ago

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 1402 days ago

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 1402 days ago

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

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

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#10 posted 1402 days ago

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 1402 days ago

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

-- curious woodworker

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#12 posted 1402 days ago

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 1386 days ago

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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