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Forum topic by TheKingInYellow posted 1027 days ago 836 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TheKingInYellow

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1027 days ago

I need to make, oh, a dozen or so end-grain boards for Xmas this year and although I know I will be using hard maple, I’m looking for other woods to use for contrast that are suitable for the task.

I was thinking about Purpleheart but it’s not the cheapest stuff, and I don’t think Cherry or Walnut are particularly suitable for the task. Any other options that I should be considering?

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...


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Sarit

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#1 posted 1027 days ago

How about Rosewood?

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reggiek

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#2 posted 1027 days ago

If you are going to use these boards with food, I would not use the dalbergia’s (Rosewood, Cocobolo) as they can be toxic to folks that are allergic to them.

Some folks have told me to be somewhat careful with woods that have been imported as they are fumigated with toxins to kill bugs and embryos. I don’t know enough about the residual effect of these chemicals to dispute or accept that fact.

There are some great sites on wood toxicity that you should peruse to insure you do not select a problem wood.

My favorites for boards to be used in food preparation are walnut, maple and cherry….there are others of course…but I have never had any issues with these woods in any combination.

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TheKingInYellow

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#3 posted 1027 days ago

Walnut was my first choice after Purpleheart, but I was just worried about the durability and suitability for a cutting board.

If Walnut will work, that’s good enough for me.

Thanks!

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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stevenmadden

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#4 posted 1027 days ago

TheKingInYellow: Walnut works just fine. I made several end grain cutting boards for Christmas presents last year, they were made of hard maple and walnut. Turned out beautifully and have been very durable.

Steve

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#5 posted 1025 days ago

I agree with Steve. Walnut will work fine, as will cherry, particularly on and end grain cutting board, and especially when alternated with maple. The maple will help prevent the knife from penetrating as far into the softer woods, but as long as you don’t use a serrated knife on it you will be fine.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#6 posted 1025 days ago

Walnut or cherry gets my vote.

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TheKingInYellow

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#7 posted 1025 days ago

Could only find Cherry in anything thicker than 4/4, so I bought some of that, and some 4/4 Walnut for accents.

Of course, I’ll post pictures when it’s done.

-- I'm just learning how to cut the stuff with some other stuff...

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