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Forum topic by Quentin posted 12-01-2009 02:46 AM 1403 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-01-2009 02:46 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board wood species moisture content christmas gifts question


I’ve decided that I’d like to make some end grain cutting boards for christmas gifts (using the Wood Whisperer’s method) but before I head out to the wood store, I have two questions. Before I ask them, I must confess that I am fairly new at working with hardwoods.

1. In his videos, Marc says to use tight grained woods when making an end grain cutting board, how do I know which woods are tight and which ones aren’t?

2. I’m buying the wood this week and working on the project this week, do I need to worry about moisture content of the wood I choose?

Thanks folks. I love this board, everyone is so helpful!

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#1 posted 12-01-2009 05:17 AM

Look at a piece of oak and some maple, you’ll see the difference. You need to use dry wood for sure.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 12-01-2009 05:25 AM

Here’s an example Red Oak- open pores in the grain, Hard maple- very tight grain. Typically in end grain it’s not the end of the world I use Black Walnut I feel like the openness gets “filled in” pretty well with the beeswax and mineral oil combo I use. Typically I use Hard Maple and Cherry for contrasting woods. It’s always best to let the lumber acclimate to the conditions in your shop for a day or two before using.

-- There's many a slip betwixt a cup and a lip.--Scott

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#3 posted 12-02-2009 05:28 AM

I jst finished a board using Marc’s instructions. I used hard maple and walnut and am very pleased with the results. The salad bowel finish worked well.


-- measure once, cut once, swear, start over

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