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Forum topic by wphollar posted 11-11-2010 04:25 PM 1336 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-11-2010 04:25 PM

what kind of woods are best for making cutting boards? are there certasin types i shouldnt use?

-- warren, grove city ohio

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#1 posted 11-11-2010 05:06 PM

There are some toxic woods that should not be used with anything that comes in contact with food. I am particularly cautious about this – probably more cautious than I need to be. Most domestic woods are okay. I have no reservation about using maple, cherry and walnut. I avoid oak because, IMO, it is too rough grained.

I’m sure there are lots of other woods that are safe, but I just don’t take chances.

Also – be sure to use a food safe finish.

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

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#2 posted 11-11-2010 06:40 PM

I agree with Rich. Alot of people including myself use purpleheart also.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#3 posted 11-11-2010 07:44 PM

I’m an ole fart that lives in Port Orchard, WA and I just love working with all kinds of woods, Seems like I make a lot of cutting boards because people are alway requesting them. It must be that they love my designs and contrast of types of woods. Here are my favorites that I’ve been using for years. I love using Hard Rock Maple because it is a lighter color, for my darker woods I like these: Brazilian Cherry, Walnut, PurpleHeart, Bubinga, Wenge and Mesquite. I stay away from the toxic type woods because I don’t know what will happen when they come into contact with raw foods. I alway buy a good grade of cutting board oil and give it several coats before I give it away and always give a small bottlle of oil with the gift and a letter explaining how to care for the board. Hope this helps.

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#4 posted 11-12-2010 02:08 AM

Best cutting board oil is at the drug store known a mineral oil.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 11-12-2010 05:37 AM

Stay away from the open grained woods like oak, ash and hickory.

Mineral oil is best, available in the laxative section at your grocery’s pharmacy. Warm it up (double boiler, NOT the microwave) for better penetration. keep adding to to places that stay dull—they’re absorbing still.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#6 posted 11-12-2010 06:14 AM

Walnut and maple are good to start with

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#7 posted 11-12-2010 02:23 PM

What is considered a “toxic” wood? Can you name some of them?

-- curious woodworker

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#8 posted 11-12-2010 02:37 PM

thanks for all the advice. i have done a couple of boards in the past and i am glad to see i have used all the right things. but i am curiouse what woods are considered toxic to. the boards i have done in the past i covered in mineral oil then wrapped it in a trash bag and let it sit over night then whiped off the excess and rubbed in one more coat. might be over kill but they have held up good sofar lol.

-- warren, grove city ohio

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