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Betsy

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2322 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board oak end grain

Is red oak hard enough for end grain cutting boards?

If it is suitable for end grain cutting boards, besides walnut what would you match it up with?

I’ve got walnut, maple and Brazilian cherry on hand.

Thanks

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#1 posted 2322 days ago

The problem with Red Oak is it is porous, so juices would leak down into the wood. White Oak is not porous in the same way.

I would go with the Maple instead.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#2 posted 2322 days ago

Thanks Bill. Would you combine:

Maple and Walnut
Maple and Brazilian cherry?

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#3 posted 2322 days ago

Red Oak stinks. I’ve got a shop full of it right now. I wouldn’t use it for cutting boards but that’s just me. I probably wouldn’t use White Oak either. Walnut, Maple and that Jatoba would really look nice and taste good as well.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 2322 days ago

I am not familiar with BC myself. The walnut and possible food allergy debate is still going on here, but I am leaning to avoiding walnut for a cutting board, so maple and BC sounds good.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#5 posted 2322 days ago

Rats on the Red oak. I have a ton of it like you do Tom.

Thanks for the help guys. Back to the shop. Got lots of Christmas presents to finish. It’s not that far off, kind of caught me by surprise this year and crept up on me.

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#6 posted 2322 days ago

The Red Oak is great for a lot of other things though Betsy. Make some storage boxes and such for DVDs or CDs out of the Red Oak.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#7 posted 2318 days ago

I’ve used bubinga for a few cutting boards and it comes out really nice when you get the oil onto it.

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