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Absolution

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10-11-2016 12:36 PM

Topic tags/keywords: cherry question

Hi Folks,

I made this cutting board out of cherry and a mystery piece of wood. Do any of you know what kind it is?


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Marn64

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#1 posted 10-11-2016 01:55 PM

I would say oak of some sort. You can visibly see the rays of the wood in the end grain.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#2 posted 10-11-2016 02:00 PM

Looks like oak to me too.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#3 posted 10-11-2016 02:07 PM

Yup, oak.

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#4 posted 10-11-2016 03:39 PM

Looks like some white oak that I just used. You can see the face grain on the piece at the bottom left corner.

Nice board by the way…

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#5 posted 10-11-2016 05:37 PM

Must be oak. Thanks guys. It just looked so much different than the white oak I’ve used in the past. Thanks again!

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#6 posted 10-17-2016 04:59 PM

I don’t wanna burst your bubble, but oak is a terrible choice for cutting boards. very porous which allows juices to soak in and people get sick eventually.

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#7 posted 10-17-2016 10:55 PM

It seems when the matter is actually studied scientifically, that bacteria are killed by porous wood.

http://timeless-environments.blogspot.com/2013/01/plastic-vrs-wooden-cutting-boards.html

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#8 posted 10-17-2016 11:03 PM

Looks like white oak, which doesn’t have the porous problem anyway.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 10-17-2016 11:48 PM

I read a similar study regarding bacteria growth on various types of cutting board materials. It examined several types of wood and oak in particular seemed to kill bacteria faster than other hardwoods. It has to do with a high tannin content. I’m not too worried about the pores.

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#10 posted 11-04-2016 12:47 PM

I have to disagree with the white oak assessment … I believe this to be jatoba (Hymenaea spp.); widely known in the US as Brazilian Cherry.

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#11 posted 11-04-2016 05:00 PM

The medullary rays in jatoba aren’t as pronounced as in the OP pics. I’d guess oak as well.

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#12 posted 11-04-2016 05:20 PM

I have nothing useful to add to this thread, but I wanted to remark at how cool it is that you guys can identify wood by the picture like that. I am just not versed in it enough to do that, and I love reading threads like this.

That is all. Carry on.

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#13 posted 11-04-2016 05:48 PM


I have nothing useful to add to this thread, but I wanted to remark at how cool it is that you guys can identify wood by the picture like that. I am just not versed in it enough to do that, and I love reading threads like this.

That is all. Carry on.

- DavedA

Given that every piece of lumber on the planet has its own particular qualities, until we can touch it, smell it, taste it, and perhaps know what Absolution did to it before the photo; it’s just best guess scenario, really. And with said and just the photo, who can say for sure that the other lumber is really cherry and not hard maple or perhaps persimmon?

-- Ron, Lilburn, GA

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#14 posted 11-04-2016 11:08 PM

It’s white oak 99.9% positive. 100% sure it isn’t Brazilian cherry.
I’ve milled easily 10 thousand feet of both, and I’ve never seen rays in Brazilian cherry anywhere close to those in the picture.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#15 posted 11-05-2016 03:20 AM

I think it’s oak also.Looks great pared up with walnut.

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