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1211 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: cutting board grain direction face grain edge grain question

So far all the cutting boards I’ve made have been end grain due to the fact I’ve liked the designs better and the durability of them is better. My parent s have asked me to make them two cutting boards the slide into slots under the counter, and above the cabinets below. they will only be 3/4” thick and I’m not going to do an endgrain one but my question is, would it be better to have face grain up, or edge grain up? Anyone have experiences, good or bad with either? Are there pros/cons for each, like the wood movement being horizontal vs. vertical? Thanks for your help.

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#1 posted 1211 days ago

That’s kinda what I was thinking too, plus the wood would move more up and down than side to side, right?

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#2 posted 1211 days ago

I made a number of straight, face and side grain boards and all of them are still in service after 3 years. O also made a few end grain boards but no one wants to use them because they look so nice LOL. Someone described it as cutting into a pile of straws vs. cutting into the same pile from the side. The theory is that end grain goes back together whereas side and edge gran is severed. After 3 or four years the ones I made have a bunch of cuts in every direction whereas with the end grain it’s not nearly as bad.
Hope this helps

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#3 posted 1205 days ago

Well, I will be using Maple & Walnut and I also have some African Mahogany that I may throw a strip or two of into the boards.

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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