Alder forcutting boards?

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Forum topic by doninvegas posted 05-22-2011 12:11 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2011 12:11 AM

I asked this question awhile back and the only answers I got was that you can’t use spalted Alder for an end grain cutting board.I understand that. I have a bunch of Alder, both spaltped and regular. The end grain seems to be very tight. As tight as the maple I have. So, what do you think? Can I use the Alder, not the spalted stuff, for an end grain cutting Board?

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#1 posted 05-22-2011 06:22 AM

Alder is actually a pretty soft wood (for a hardwood tree). End grain is prone to little micro cracks that are sometimes very hard to detect without looking very close. These little micro cracks, if not sealed correctly (cyan glue) will cause problems. If you use alder remember to check VERY thoroughly for these little cracks and fill them prior to moving on.

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#2 posted 05-24-2011 07:46 AM


I don’t think so either. It’s too soft and that means it will get cut up in use leaving large places (if you’re a bacterium) to hide.


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