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Treadfether

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10-29-2015 05:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question tip trick resource hazelnut purpleheart wenge finishing

Does anybody have any info regarding what woods are good, ok, or should be avoided for kitchen projects? Eg; spoons, bowls, butcher blocks, cutting boards…


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bobasaurus

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#1 posted 10-29-2015 05:36 PM

Google the toxicity of any woods you plan to use. Maple, cherry, and walnut are common woods for cutting boards and should be safe for anything (unless maybe you have a nut allergy, in the case of walnut).

-- Allen, Colorado

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Yonak

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#2 posted 10-29-2015 07:26 PM

Closed grain woods normally work well in the kitchen, although a recent thread defended white oak for cutting boards. ..So, it could be just a matter of food juices staining the wood. I would avoid red oak.

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Ocelot

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#3 posted 10-29-2015 07:49 PM

Don’t use pressure treated lumber. ;-)

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#4 posted 10-30-2015 02:57 AM

Thanks, I will try googleing toxicity, hadn’t thought of that!

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#5 posted 10-30-2015 03:09 AM

Do not use pallet wood !

-- BOVILEXIA: The urge to moo at cows from a moving vehicle.

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Treadfether

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#6 posted 10-30-2015 06:39 AM

No, aside from dirt most pallets get treated with insecticides so they can be shipped internationally.

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kdc68

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#7 posted 10-30-2015 09:30 AM

Helpful link below from the Wood Database

http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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SirIrb

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#8 posted 10-30-2015 12:03 PM

Maple is good, as stated above, due to the hardness and grain. But what I cant figure out is why my favorite Gumbo spoon was made from beech. Huge open grain. Not great for food. But still my favorite Gumbo spoon.

Upon request, I made a cutting board for mom in law out of mahogany but its more to look at. Anyone who has tasted mahogany sawdust while cutting knows this is not a taste you want to transfer to the food.

I would think birch would be good too.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Treadfether

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#9 posted 10-30-2015 02:22 PM

@kdc68 Thanks, will check that out.

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#10 posted 10-30-2015 04:55 PM


Upon request, I made a cutting board for mom in law out of mahogany but its more to look at. Anyone who has tasted mahogany sawdust while cutting knows this is not a taste you want to transfer to the food.

I’m just curious, what’s your favorite tasting sawdust?

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BasementShop

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#11 posted 10-30-2015 05:11 PM



I m just curious, what s your favorite tasting sawdust?

- ClammyBallz

Too funny!!!

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Yonak

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#12 posted 10-30-2015 08:41 PM


I m just curious, what s your favorite tasting sawdust?

- ClammyBallz

Half jokingly, I asked my doctor if I should pepper my food with sawdust to increase fibre in my diet. He confided maple was his favorite tasting sawdust (also, half-jokingly, I presume)

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HickoryWill

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#13 posted 10-30-2015 10:12 PM

In order of best to second best etc….
Selecting from Eastern Hardwoods only…

#1 Sycamore if you can get it #2 Sugar Maple #3 (with all respect to SirIrb) American Beech

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