Is the maple from home depot hard enough for a cutting board?

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Forum topic by EricW posted 12-11-2009 07:05 AM 12469 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-11-2009 07:05 AM

Topic tags/keywords: maple cutting board

I am going to be making a 3 inch think endgrain cutting board out of maple for a friend of mine. My budget is not large, and home depot is just down the road. Is the maple bought at home depot the correct type?

I have heard there is soft and hard maples.. but i certainly cannot tell the difference? Does anyone know?


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#1 posted 12-11-2009 07:12 AM

I believe the borg stores only sell soft maple.. but don’t worry about that.. soft maple is plenty hard enough for a cutting board.

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#2 posted 12-11-2009 07:50 AM

Do some shopping around and look for a local sawyer. Many of them not only saw but do some drying as well. I’m a little torn on the benefits of kiln drying, especially for something that is most likely going to be treated in oil anyway. I think you’ll like the price and selection the local mills can give you. Best sources of info might me a local cabinet shop or yellow pages. Some of the guys who work millwork area in HD might know of some locals too. Hope this helps. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#3 posted 12-11-2009 09:38 AM

Yeah, home depot’s prices per board foot are about 3 times that of what I pay at the lumber yard. I would check around like BTKS said.

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#4 posted 12-11-2009 04:46 PM

If HD or Menards is the only place you can buy maple, it’s fine for a cutting board or anything. I’ve used it to make a chair. It’s plenty hard. I’ve even used it on the lathe to make the front legs.

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#5 posted 12-11-2009 05:23 PM

Greetings Eric: As stated above by the others, soft maple is fine to use. It is tight-grained, and if mixed with walnut or purpleheart, it makes a beautiful cutting board. The wood really pops when you put the oil to it. I made about 4, mixed and matched the wood, and they’re great. Hard maple is sometimes hard to come by.

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 08:00 PM

thanks a lot guys!

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