Would this work for a chopping block?

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Forum topic by brantley posted 11-16-2009 04:42 AM 1081 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-16-2009 04:42 AM

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Ive got about 8 of these big chunks of cypress. They are 3” x 6” x various lengths around 3 ft. So ive got plenty to go around. I know cypress isnt a very hard wood but ive just got a good bit of it . Id have to run it through the planer….What do yal think using it for a chopping block???


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#1 posted 11-16-2009 04:52 AM

nice stash – definitely not for a chopping board though. cypress is soft, and brittle – everything a chopping board shouldn’t Be. there should be plenty of other great uses for these boards though. cypress does really well outdoors with no need for any finish… naturally.

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#2 posted 11-16-2009 04:56 AM

You can use most any wood for a chopping block but some are better than others. If your going to use cypress I would think you would want to use end grain. I have never built with cypress but if it’s like ceder it might not be suitable because it can pass a flavor or smell onto your foods.

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#3 posted 11-16-2009 05:45 AM

I’m with Jim on this one, I work with a lotta Cypress, save it for your chairs and use some nice maple for your chopping block. Cypress is a little too porous so trying to keep it food safe would be an issue too.

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#4 posted 11-16-2009 06:40 AM

Yeah i was kinda thinking that cypress would not be the best choice. I have looked at all the past projects people have posted of their blocks and it looks like Purple heart and Maple make up 99% of them….only problem is down here in south finding those woods is few and far between. Most of what i have access too is cypress, oak, pine, etc

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#5 posted 11-16-2009 06:45 AM

Hey Brantley
out of those choices I would use white oak.

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