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

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#1 posted 10-15-2012 04:09 PM

Lumberjoe: EXACTLY!! you nailed it!!! fables and lore. So many people speak with authority about this or that, when the truth is they haven’t tested it themselves in a controlled setting and can’t really speak to the truth on the matter. The real answer is always more complicated as you alluded to.. if tannins do really kill bacteria (the literature seems to suggest they do) what concentration of tannins would it require? Does the kind of wood you built your cutting board out of contain those specific tannins? (apparently tannins are a huge class of similarly structured compounds) What kind of bacteria are we talking about here, are they susceptible to killing by tannins (not all bacteria are as sensitive to killing by them)—This paper ( seems to suggest you need VERY high concentrations of tannins to kill some of the more common bacteria. Would the wood contain such high levels?? Would the tannins wash off the surface of the board over time?

The number of relevant questions that need to be answered to truly answer the anti-microbial wood question without the B.S. is dizzying, and frankly, probably not the best use of our time :-) —Like I said, do you know anyone who got sick because of bacteria on their cutting board? how would they know anyway With all the other things to worry about in life, this is not a question that I have the time or inclination to pursue. I think the real answer at this point is “It’s complicated”.

OMG, one thing I have to clarify is that I DID NOT use a scroll saw on this!! HAHAHAh.. I used my band saw to cut the shape out. I tried to use a saber saw (jig saw, reciprocating saw, whatevs) and the wood was so thick and so hard, the blade started smoking after 1 minute, then promptly broke. I’m ABSOLUTELY CERTAIN the same would happen with a scroll saw. = disaster! A nice thin bandsaw blade made EASY work of cutting the shapes. I never thought of using a router.. interesting idea!

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