Maple and Mahogany cutting board test run

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This is a test run of a maple and mahogany cutting board. I made it to see the contrast of the 2 woods. I personally like it. It just seems that the mahogany is a soft wood, which I did not realize. So that may be out for a cutting board design. Let me know what ya think.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#1 posted 10-02-2010 05:29 AM

I like the contrast. Not sure about how hard the wood needs to be for a cutting board, but I can tell you that no matter what species you use it needs to be end grain for the cutting surface. Otherwise, you will eventually sever the wood fibers. Just my .02

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#2 posted 10-02-2010 06:14 AM

I think I agree on the mahogany as being too soft.

You can probably get cherry as the same contrast and have harder wood.

I like Maple and Cherry together.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-02-2010 07:33 AM


The mahogany may be a little “tougher” if you use the “edge” grain. I have seen cutting boards that use this technique. The appearance is very close to what you have doe here.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 10-02-2010 01:30 PM

It will still make a great serving tray or trivet or cheese board… contrast is indeed a wonderful thing…

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#5 posted 10-02-2010 02:37 PM

ummm cherry and maple, did someone say pie and pancakes :)

It does look nice, but cheese only please

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#6 posted 10-02-2010 02:57 PM

The colors are nice. I’d say Lew’s suggestion regarding the Mahogany is good advice. This board appears to be well done and someone will enjoy using it for a long time.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 10-02-2010 03:36 PM

I’ve thought about using mahogany in a CB, but I’ve always heard it’s an oily wood that doesn’t glue well. Never thought about it being too soft. Anybody know the scoop?

I think your “test run” will make an excellent trivet.

-- Tom

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#8 posted 10-02-2010 05:15 PM

They do look nice together. I have noticed that some species of mahogany are more dense than others…. Maybe a more experienced person than I would know whether or not one of them would work well as a cutting board????

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#9 posted 10-02-2010 07:27 PM

I’ve used Mahogany before and it is softer than the Maple by far.
This is just one sample of Maple and Cherry together:
And this is one of my samples using Maple , Walnut and apparently the same type of Mahogany that you used.
What’s the worst that could happen , you might have to make another board in 15 years instead of 20 ? LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 10-04-2010 02:03 PM

Looks nice.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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