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Forum topic by Bill7255 posted 08-25-2015 11:55 AM 1102 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-25-2015 11:55 AM

I have looked at some of the commercial end grain cutting boards and it seem most are 1 1/2” as a minimum thickness and many are thicker up to 3”. I have made a few around 1 1/8” to 1 1/4” and that seems plenty thick. I also made mine 12” X 18”, but my wife say most prefer (she does) smaller say 11” X 14”. I am getting ready to make some for presents and want to give a nice board. And lastly, feet or no feet.

-- Bill R

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#1 posted 08-25-2015 12:13 PM

I dont get it with some ladies. I made my mom in law a cutting board that was every bit 18×24 and it was nice. She asked if I could cut it down to 12×14.

What? Let me interject that I am quite an ok cook. I cut a lot on my board and just like with jointer size, you cant have enough. I am actually thinking of making one 24×30 for me.

Thickness for me is a min of 1.5 and anything more is better.

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#2 posted 08-25-2015 12:34 PM

I made a big 16×24, 2.5” thick cutting board for home, and my wife doesn’t like to use it except for big jobs, and I, the main cook in the house, have been surprised that I often reach for a smaller, lighter one.

I’m not a end-grain cutting board person, so take this for what it’s worth, but I’ve ended up with 9×11, 3/4” flat grain boards that folks really seem to like (just friends, nothing commercial). It’s what I end up reaching for as well.

If I had a bigger kitchen, I might like the bigger boards.

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#3 posted 08-25-2015 09:26 PM

The (one and only) board I made is roughly 11” X 15” X 1.5”
I went with feet. Repurposed wine corks at that, for an all natural material (wood?) board.

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When using a non-footed, a feetless board….
A wet surface can make a cutting board “slip & slide”....
Unless a wet towel is used between the board and countertop.
My hope is that having feet would prevent any accidents, from a slithering board!!!
Don’t know for sure if that worked out, as I gifted the board.

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#4 posted 08-25-2015 09:56 PM

1-1/2 to 2 inches.

But largest dimension was 12X16
If I was going bigger – - I would go thicker by proportion

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#5 posted 08-26-2015 01:36 PM

As an experiment I made one a long time ago that is about 1-1/8”. It tends to cup when exposed to uneven moisture, such as cutting a melon or washing it. It will cup in either direction, so it is not a problem to get it back to flat, but it is a hassle and I would never sell one that thin. I’ve never had this happen with the ones that I normally make which are 1.5” to 2”.

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#6 posted 08-26-2015 07:24 PM

I, like Charles A – find that my wife doesn’t reach for the 1.5” thick cutting board as much – as it’s pretty heavy…so err on the side of “ease of use” and maybe stay nearer 1.25” or 1” if it’s not a very large area.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#7 posted 08-27-2015 03:14 PM

Thanks for your input. Seems 1 1/2” is the choice by many. I didn’t think about cupping would be a problem with a board 1 1/8” thick. I guess I will cut them at 1 1/2” before sanding and should end up with about 1 3/8” when done. I’m guessing face grain boards are better suited for thinner boards. I may make some of those also in a smaller size say 11 X 13 as a add on.

-- Bill R

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#8 posted 08-29-2015 06:05 PM

Yes, Bill, long grain cutting boards can be made thinner before cupping becomes a problem. For an 11×13 board, I would go as thin as 7/8” with long grain, but would want at least 1-3/8” for end grain.

Also, if you do a good job on your second glue-up, you will find that by starting with 1-1/2”, you should end up just a 32nd or so under that when you are done. I never remove anywhere near 1/8” after the second glue-up. Your alignment should be nearly perfect if your setup is correct on the table saw, so a couple light passes on each side though a drum sander (or with a hand held belt sander) and you should be ready for finish sanding.

-- PaulMayer,

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