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Forum topic by Tom posted 09-24-2016 03:05 AM 377 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-24-2016 03:05 AM

Christmas (it pains me to say that in September) is coming and it looks like I’ll be making cutting boards for gifts. So far I’ve used Walnut, Maple, and Cherry but would like to know what other wood is good for them. I have a very nice lumberyard (MacBeath) that’s close and plan on making a trip there soon to spend some money. Thanks!


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#1 posted 09-25-2016 02:17 AM

Pretty much anything goes. I’ve seen it suggested to stay away from open-pored woods (e.g. Oak) – the concern being that food could lodge in the pores and lead to bacteria build up. That being said, I’ve seen plenty of cutting boards made from oak, even have one myself.

-- Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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#2 posted 09-25-2016 04:10 AM

All of the woods you mentioned are generally used in boards, because they are good hardwoods, and tight -grained….Another hard wood I use, and you might do the same, is Purpleheart…I always use Purpleheart in my boards, wheather used just as accent small strips, or larger strips, incorrprated between other hardwoods….Purpleheart, Maple, and Walnut looks really good together….Or just Walnut and Purpleheart…..!!

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#3 posted 09-25-2016 10:55 AM

I have used all the wood listed and bloodwood, zebra wood, hickory, cherry or any other scrap laying around.

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#4 posted 09-25-2016 03:08 PM



Pretty much anything goes. I ve seen it suggested to stay away from open-pored woods (e.g. Oak) – the concern being that food could lodge in the pores and lead to bacteria build up. That being said, I ve seen plenty of cutting boards made from oak, even have one myself.

- Mark Kornell

They make wine barrels out of white oak because it has closed pores and should be perfectly fine in a cutting board. Red oak with open pores would not work as well.

-- Steve

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