Alder for cutting boards?

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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 02-04-2011 09:09 PM 6372 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-04-2011 09:09 PM

Topic tags/keywords: alder

Hay all members of the cutting board club. I have a bunch of patina and spalted Alder and was wondering if it could be used in end grain cutting boards? The end grain is really tight much like the maple I use. I know Alder is one of the softer hardwoods and I don’t think it will work for face grain boards but what about end grain boards?
Thanks for your input.

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 09:34 PM

I don’t see why not as long as its stable and tight.

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#2 posted 02-04-2011 11:33 PM

Spalted may be of concern. Spalting occurs from a fungus, right? Some question its use in cutting boards.

As far as alder in an end grain board, I think it’s fine. I’m starting to really like the softer woods because they’re easier on the knife’s edge and “self heal” better than harder wood…

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#3 posted 02-22-2011 12:27 AM

Looking for a nice quality grain piece of alder to buy 2×14-16×22 inches, pls pm me thank u

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