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11-12-2012 07:21 PM

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My wife mentioned that she liked a wood cutting board she found on line. Because I am a good husband and listen very well I am going to make her one. :)

After she said that i first did my i have a new project happy dance, in the garage of course, and then started researching. It looks like any hardwood will do and end grain is better on the knives.

any suggestions on wood species and finish would be great. I would like to make a custom set of handles for the knives that match and some sorta storage holder for the knives. I haven’t done a lot of research on the knives but I will put another post about it once i get the cutting board done.

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#1 posted 11-12-2012 07:33 PM

I like to uese the following for cutting boards. They work easily enough, take glue well, and look nice:

Hard maple

I avoid porous grained (or open grained) woods like red oak and ash. If you want to make a nice end grain board, this tutorial is great:


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#2 posted 11-12-2012 07:39 PM

thanks for the quick response lumberjoe.

I have a cherry tree that i cut and down and had rough milled. I don’t have a planner, hand plan, or jointer so I am not sure I can get them in shape. It would be nice to use that wood though.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 07:52 PM

I’m in the process of making a few right now for Christmas presents. My wife really likes to help in the shop lately, and she likes edge grain cutting boards. I prep the stock, cut the strips and she does the rest. These are for her edge grain and should yield about 4 cutting boards. I am going to make 4 end grain boards out of the rest of the stock:

They come out pretty nice. This is finished with mineral oil, then a mineral oil/beeswax mix. I like the yellowheart a lot:


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#4 posted 11-12-2012 08:24 PM

I always use wood I cut myself. So you have to decide how much you want to spend and what is available in your area. It would be tough without a planer.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-03-2012 05:16 PM

so i went to my local wood craft store to by a cutting board kit. The reason i went with the kit is because I read some reviews and i figured it would be a good start since I don’t have a planner or jointer. I also don’t have the time to build one of those sleds to use my router to mill rough cut wood. I also picked up a couple of feet of purple hart to add to the cutting board. The wood in the kit i believe is oak and walnut and cedar.

Cedar seems like a bad wood for a cutting board. I had my 4 year old with me so I was a little distracting. Depending on which aisle he is in it could get real expensive or dangerous. I probable would have passed on the kit but it wasn’t till i got home and thought about it.

I have two questions now that i have give the background.
1. Should you use cedar in a cutting board?
2. How can i tell which is the cedar boards? I tried to smell them but thats about all i know to do. there are a few boards that look the same in color. I can take a pic later today if that would help.

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#6 posted 12-03-2012 09:32 PM

Cedar, I would not use it in a cutting boards as its soft. If you are able to sand a little piece of wood you will be able to smell it’s dust and know. Good luck with your build. You can always cut the pieces on a table saw to square them up using a sled to true one side then the rest.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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