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08-12-2012 12:38 AM

Topic tags/keywords: walnut cutting board allergy

Does anyone out there have serious reservations about using walnut in cutting boards?

I know there is a small chance of a nut allergy person having an issue, but generally it seems walnut cutting boards are sold everywhere, all the time.

Any insight is appreciated.

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#1 posted 08-12-2012 12:44 AM

Since I am not allergic to walnut, no worries here. But, I know there are people who are, I just dont know how sensitive you have to be to it, for a problem to arise. If you sell them or give tham away, a disclaimer/warning may be in order.

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#2 posted 08-12-2012 02:13 AM

If you give it as a gift ….just make sure to let the recipent know…....

-- Measure twice and cut once.....Steve Lien

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#3 posted 08-12-2012 02:29 AM

I’m very sensitive to walnut. I love working with walnut and have made many pieces over the years including a few cutting boards. I’ve not had any adverse affects from the cutting boards and they get used a lot.

My sensitivity is with the dust , especially when sanding. I also can not eat walnuts.

-- Nicky

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#4 posted 08-12-2012 02:39 AM

The first couple boards I made had a small amount in them though I’ve never been partial to the wood personally. Since hearing rumour that there is always the possibility of a reaction I’ve stopped using it all together and now I give my sawdust to a local with horses so the stuff doesn’t even enter the shop. Don’t know how valid the rumor is since most people aren’t sucking on their cutting boards and the amount that might actually transfer seems like it would be truly insignificant but considering how bad some of the worst cases can be I can’t be bothered to continue using it. Especially since it seems like those kids with the absolute worse case, who probably shouldn’t even be going near a school cafeteria, seem to have the parents that are the most reactionary towards anyone who may have inadvertently contaminated their kid.

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#5 posted 08-12-2012 02:41 AM

Russ, walnut is very bad for horses.

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#6 posted 08-12-2012 02:51 AM

I’m very allergic to the nuts , but haven’t had any problems with the wood itself…Thank God : )

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RibsBrisket4me

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#7 posted 08-12-2012 03:20 AM

Thanks Nicky/Dusty.

I always read the allergy reaaction was to the walnut dust, and the cutting board would have me be cut on pretty fast and hard to create any dust

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#8 posted 08-12-2012 03:31 AM

The biggest knock against walnut in cutting boards is likely the fact that it really isn’t all that hard, nothing like hard maple for example.

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#9 posted 08-12-2012 03:46 AM

I agree on the hardness issue , but then again , I haven’t worn out any of my Walnut boards yet.
It might be more of an issue if you constantly cut on them with a serrated edge blade versus a regular knife edge. : )

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 08-12-2012 03:58 AM

I’m glad to hear there is no problem with cutting boards!

Walnut just “makes” cutting boards, IMHO.

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#11 posted 08-12-2012 04:13 AM

The chemical traits found in the nut are almost non-existent in the wood. When walnut is cut upon, it is the food that effects the Walnut, not the other way around. If you wiped a piece of food across walnut or checked the food after cutting the walnut, there would be no trace of the walnut. What you would have are traces of the finish applied to the walnut, i.e., mineral, vegetable oil, or maybe a butcher block type finish. Walnut is very safe to use. Walnut has no resins or natural oils that get into the food.

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#12 posted 08-12-2012 04:16 AM

Walnut dust is really bad for you & should be controlled…

OK, we try not to breathe it…

But, how do we get rid of it?

Burn it?

Can’t use it around plants in garden…

What?

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#13 posted 08-12-2012 11:18 AM

I tried to use my walnut dust to kill weeds. Nope, didn’t do a thing. The weeds grew up through the walnut dust and shavings. I think they actually grew faster with the shavings.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#14 posted 08-12-2012 01:32 PM

I make cutting boards with Walnut all the time. In my opinion the contrast to the other woods make the board “pop” and is really appealing to the eye. Each board I make that gets sold or given away comes with a cutting board care sheet and has a disclaimer that warns about nut allergies and the possibility of a reaction. With that being said, I have found that the vast majority of the boards I make have Walnut in them and aren’t used as cutting boards. They end up being the base for a centerpiece or displayed on a kitchen wall etc. I hear all the time things like “It’s so beautiful that I don’t want to use it” or “You put so much work into it, I have it on display”. I guess the best kept secret is how easy they are to make which then lets you make money when you sell them or put joy on someone’s face when they receive one as a gift.

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#15 posted 08-12-2012 01:39 PM

Lots of great info from all of you. That is why I like this forum so much!

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