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Forum topic by paulcoyne posted 04-16-2010 01:44 PM 1253 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2010 01:44 PM

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hey everybody was just looking for your toughts on this, i always belived it was better glueing boards of timber together to form a wide board rather than not cutting the board and leaving it as a wide piece of timber, my idea would be that the board would cup split or crack, but by cutting and alternating the grain you counter act the natural forces in the timber i found this company that make cutting boards out of one solid piece,7

i hope this makes sense… i would love to hear everybody’s ideas

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#1 posted 04-16-2010 06:39 PM

I think you are absolutely right. However, I also know there are situations when a single solid piece has more appeal.

As an FYI – I saw you used the word “timber” and immediately thought that you must not be from the US. I checked your profile and see that you are in Ireland. My ggg grandfather immigrated from Ireland (Caven County) to Canada in the early 1800s. Later my family immigrated from Canada to the US (state of Michigan).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 04-16-2010 07:22 PM

Ok, so they mill a tree. Perhaps they dry the wood. They surface 2 sides. They cut the boards to length. They slap a finish on it and charge $50 or so. Clearly I’m in the wrong line of work.

A board for cutting is cute to hang on the wall but I want a nice, thick, endgrain butcher block for actual use. It’s not just about wood movement, either. The longevity of the knife edge and the time between resurfacing the board are the main reasons.

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 12:13 PM

this company that make these boards are very succesful and i hope to compete with them by making a better product…
rich us irish are a well traveled group i reckon you go back far enough most of america has a decendent from ireland, i am not from cavan but i know its a nice spot loads of lakes great for fishing…

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 12:57 PM

A laminated cutting board is more stable, stays flatter than one that is one solid timber. I have a warped one in the kitchen to prove it.
I don’t know if they are more ‘cutting boards with good karma’ or ‘cabbage patch cutting boards.’ Because they come with birth certificates like the dolls, lol. It’s clever marketing either way. I guess you could compete on long term quality, hand crafted and still keeping the money in ireland. Maybe have some fun with his ‘cabbage patch karma boards.’ I don’t know the mood over there for that kind of thing though.

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