Wood choices for edge grained cutting board.

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Forum topic by wwbob posted 11-25-2010 07:14 PM 1271 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-25-2010 07:14 PM

Topic tags/keywords: question mahogany maple sapele joining cutting board

I have some extra sapele, some mahogany(very red), and I’ll get some hard maple. Are these woods acceptable for a cutting board?

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#1 posted 11-30-2010 02:55 PM

Maple is an excellent choice but stay away from open pore woods like Sapele and Mahogony. The open pores provide a place for bits of food and bacteria to build up.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#2 posted 11-30-2010 07:29 PM

Don – Thanks for the info. I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to use the wood for a cutting board. Now I have to find other projects. Maybe some small boxes?

-- "I like the quiet I hear." - Channing, age 4

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#3 posted 11-30-2010 07:49 PM

I disagree and think mahogany is fine, especially for an edge grain. I use it all the time. Bacteria doesn’t survive long on wood anyway, so there’s no reason to think the bigger pores are a no no. One thing I always tell people is to use beeswax in the finish. The wax helps fill the pores and seals the wood quite well.

-- Childress Woodworks

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