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Forum topic by Mean_Dean posted 12-03-2009 04:06 AM 1205 views 1 time favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Mean_Dean

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12-03-2009 04:06 AM

Hi Guys,

I’d like to make some smaller, simple cutting boards as holiday gifts.

What is the best wood species to use, and what is the best finish?

Thanks!

-- Dean


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#1 posted 12-03-2009 04:11 AM

I think any tight grained wood will work. Some folks have suggested that certain woods cause allergic reactions and should be avoided. I like to use plain old pure mineral oil from the grocery store as the finish.

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

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 05:25 AM

See Wood Allergies and Toxicity and try to avoid the species with skull and cross bones.

“Salad bowl finish” and Waterlox are good choices for durable non-toxic finishes.

Have you thought about doing an end grain cutting board?
Check out this link:

End Grain Cutting Board Plans

-- Matt - Syracuse, NY

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 05:35 AM

Matt,

Thanks for posting the wood chart. And my goodness—every wood looks to be dangerous!

Maybe it would simpler if you guys made a couple of recommendations.

-- Dean

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#4 posted 12-03-2009 06:11 AM

Walnut and Maple are hard and have been used by many of the Lumberjocks.

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

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 08:14 AM

+1 for walnut and maple. Purpleheart, too.

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#6 posted 12-03-2009 09:02 AM

I reccomend a mineral oil/wax finish for edge grain cutting boards. You don’t build up a hard film that way, like salad bowl finish does.

For end grain, nothing beats Marc’s Salad Bowl Finish cut 50/50 with mineral spirits. Let it soak up completely before sanding lightly. 2-3 coats like this and it’ll be amazingly well sealed.

I tried the salad bowl thing with edge grain, it doesn’t hold up well at all, for obvious reasons.

-- Dylan Vanderhoof - General hobbiest and reluctant penmaker. http://llarian.etsy.com

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 01:55 AM

Thanks, everyone!

Now, I’m off to make some cutting boards!

-- Dean

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