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Forum topic by Chris Speights posted 10-13-2012 04:25 PM 1142 views 1 time favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Chris Speights

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10-13-2012 04:25 PM

It seems I always work with maple, cherry and walnut for cutting boards. What other woods are good for these? Specifically, I am curious about rosewood and cocobolo? I have read about them both and know I am looking for something hard/dense with closed pores, but since they are exotic woods (I think, right?), I wasn’t sure if there was some reason not to use them?

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 04:31 PM

Purpleheart gives some nice color. Zebrawood too.

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#2 posted 10-13-2012 06:09 PM

If they have them at a hardwood store, or online, exotic or not, they are for sale, and would prolly make a nice board…...

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#3 posted 10-13-2012 06:33 PM

The only potential problem with cocobolo, and even rosewood to some extent, is that it’s a bugger to glue up. You would want to clean the glue surfaces with acetone prior to gluing. Polyurethane glues are often used with such oily exotics, not sure about being food safe.

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#4 posted 10-13-2012 08:00 PM

Purple heart is one my favorites. It does darken over time, but the boards that I have made with it are some of my favorite.

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#5 posted 10-14-2012 03:39 PM

Thank you all for your comments. I had completely forgot about purple heart, and I did happen to have a small board of it. I do think the rosewood could be really nice in a cutting board, assuming you could get it to glue up right, but I stayed safe with purple heart. Thanks again!

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