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Posted on UGH!!, Titebond Original on Cutting Boards, Am I Screwed?

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 03:21 PM

Hi Lumberjoe: I haven’t mentioned this before, but I actually have a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology so I’m particularly attune to conversation about wood vs plastic and how it relates to microbial contamination. The truth is, there is no simple answer. There is research on both sides of the fence suggesting one or the other is better which is the case with most biological science. For example, with the “anti-microbial” properties of wood, is it truly anti-microbial (aka, the wood contains something that actively kills bacteria) or is it more mechanical than that (the bacteria are drawn into the wood through capillary action and then proceed to die in an hour or two because they dry out inside the wood). If it is really the drying out that kills the bacteria, then pores in plastic would be equally dry with time and the bacteria would die there too. For more discussion on both sides of the argument read (, where they actually site a few scientific studies directly.

That being said, I don’t really have much interest in debating the pros and cons of each because the immunologist in me says, “do you know anyone who has gotten sick and died from their cutting board???” —A dose of realism is likely in order! Probably not, but even if perhaps so, it would be hard to tell, but I’ll bet my hat that it’s exceedingly rare and not really something worth all the time and worry we devote to it.

Ok, enough with the science mumbo jumbo…

I’m with Lee, the end grain joint is stabilized by the other slats on top and bottom. One thing I didn’t mention though is that the cutting board I posted, I did a long time ago for myself where I just scrolled it out of a thrown away butcher block table top, hence the end grain joint. The pig I actually made yesterday I just took a picture of… seen here. Lumberjoe, you can find these shapes on the internet by googling them… I then put them on the computer, resize them to whatever size I need, print it out, cut the shape out, and then trace it on my cutting board blank. Voilia!

Lee: loved your Corian story!

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