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Forum topic by Lloyd Davies posted 1812 days ago 1761 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Lloyd Davies

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1812 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question end grain cutting board board end

I’d love to hear some ideas on how thin you could make an end grain cutting board out of purpleheart and hard maple and still have it stand up to normal wear and tear? Mark Spagnuolo with his design located here http://thewoodwhisperer.com/episode-7-a-cut-above-part-1/ suggests 1 1/4 inches thick which is about 32mm.

Thanks for your opinions, Lloyd

-- Northern California http://www.lloydus.com


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lew

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#1 posted 1811 days ago

I made some from walnut and hard maple. They were about 7/8” thick when finished. They have stayed flat and seem to be holding up OK.

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

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#2 posted 1811 days ago

I have made them down to 3/4” with no issues to speak of. Thick boards are great, but sometimes people just want a lightweight board to use. Moving around a large beast all the time is the biggest complaint I hear about the thick boards I make.

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childress

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#3 posted 1811 days ago

I will not make my boards thinner than 1&3/8 when they are under 12 X 16.
if they are 12 X 16 or 12 X 18 I make them 1&1/2
anything wider than 12 or longer than 18 I step it up to 1&3/4
16 X 22 or 18 X 24 I make no less than 2”
this is what my experience tells me, but then again, I do sell them to people. If it is for yourself, I would definitely NOT go under 1&3/8”
Just my opinion

-- Childress Woodworks

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Lloyd Davies

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#4 posted 1811 days ago

Seems to be some variation in opinions. The first one I made is 1&1/2” thick (maple and purpleheart) and it’s a really heavy beast.

More opinions welcome if you read this post.

-- Northern California http://www.lloydus.com

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