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Forum topic by crazy4wood posted 12-24-2011 08:27 PM 937 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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crazy4wood

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12-24-2011 08:27 PM

so this question will be simple to some, but I’m confused by it.
i heard once you werent suppose to use exotic woods for cutting boards but i see it all over, what do you use to coat them to make them safe to use, or was it a myth? would love to make some cutting boards but just confused on wood to use, and what to use to finish them with if it matters with certain woods.


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#1 posted 12-24-2011 09:21 PM

My understanding (and I am by no means an expert) is that you want to use a close grained wood, especially if you are thinking of doing end grain boards. Close grained woods would be ones like maple, purple heart, cherry, white oak (not red oak), and others. As far as finishes go, everyone has their own opinion. Some use just mineral oil, some a salad bowl finish, some mineral oil and wax mixed together.

Hope this helps, this may be a slippery slope you are traveling down (by this I mean toms of fun, you won’t want to quit).

Last but not least, don’t forget to post pics when you’re done.

Have fun.

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#2 posted 12-24-2011 09:35 PM

I use plain old mineral oil on most of my boards , the others I use a mineral oil and beeswax mixture for a little more protection and sheen.
Regarding exotics , if you want to check for toxicity of the wood , you can research it online before using it.
Again , you want to use a closed grain species to keep bacteria ,etc. from contaminating your boards.
Some exotics cause rashes , breathing issues and other allergic reactions from the dust or oils in the woods.
Just One of many links for you to use : )
http://www.wood-database.com/wood-articles/wood-allergies-and-toxicity/

Another finish to be wary of is Walnut Oil , due to people with nut allergies.

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#3 posted 12-25-2011 02:34 AM

Use a closed grain wood. I believe if you look at some of the boards on this site you’ll see lots of different woods. If you are in the US then anything native to Australia is exotic, etc.

As Dusty suggested if there is one type of wood you think you would like to use, just do a little Google search on it and see what comes up.

As to finish you’ll get opinions all across the board on that one topic. You can’t go too far wrong with plain mineral oil, although I think it darkens my boards more than I like.

I do use walnut oil and I’ve not had any problems with it.

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crazy4wood

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 05:33 PM

thank you for the information everyone….

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