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Forum topic by KandKwood posted 06-22-2015 06:20 PM 838 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-22-2015 06:20 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board lumber walnut maple question

I recently purchased a few large 8/4 boards from my local lumber dealer.

I picked up a 17” wide Sapele (ribbon-stripe) board, 14” wide lightly-figured Walnut, and 13” wide curly Hard Maple board. All Kiln dried, S3S stock.

I am a beginning wood worker and have a few end-grain cutting boards under my belt, but not much more.
I am thinking with the beauty in the grain of each of these boards, they would look great as a single-piece long-grain boards.

I have noticed you don’t find many single-piece boards out there.
Is this because wide-stock is rarer/expensive, or are they just a bad idea for other reasons that I am overlooking (wood movement, cracking, etc.)?

I believe I would shoot for roughly 16×12 boards meaning for the Walnut and H. Maple the grain would run horizontal to the cutting surface, but with the Sapele I could make it vertical because that board is so wide.

Any advice of pitfalls I may be overlooking or better ways to utilize these wide boards would be appreciated.
Also, is there a better finish for long-grain boards than the usual mineral oil and/or bees wax that is common for end-grain boards. Thanks.

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 06:37 PM

With a single width of solid stock you will encounter cupping and checking. Rip these down to 4 or 5” sections and glue with alternating grain directions (look at the endgrain and make it look like smiley face and frowny face for the next board then smiley). This reduces the amount of cupping that can happen. Use Titebond II or III as it will see some moisture. I refuse to cut meats on my board just to keep some moisture/germs away from it. I keep a plastic one for that.

Yes, it is sad that you cant keep the nice grain of a solid board, but with some creative placement you can get a nice board.

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 06:51 PM

I ripped hard maple and walnut to make this board. It turned out nice. It was wider than my planer, but fortunately, I had just bought a 18-36 drum sander. That worked out really well.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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