types of wood for cutting boards

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Forum topic by foneman posted 12-13-2011 09:41 PM 1654 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-13-2011 09:41 PM

Are there any types of hardwood that is not appropriate for cutting boards? I have some padauk and did not know if there are some precautions or problems with specific types of wood.

thanks in advance for any advice anyone could provide.

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#1 posted 12-13-2011 10:57 PM

This topic has come up several times, with varying opinion. You may want to stay away from spalted woods or open grain woods like red oak. Some will say becareful of walnut due to alergies, but I dont think you will ever get a unanimous opinion on it. I have used padauk, no confirmed deaths…yet. Good luck.

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#2 posted 12-13-2011 11:30 PM

As long as you seal it correctly you will be fine. I always use GF salad bowl finish because it seals all woods and is extremely strong.

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#3 posted 12-14-2011 03:21 AM

Thanks to all of you for the good advice!! I will be trying to make a couple cutting boards in the next couple of days.


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