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Forum topic by daves1 posted 03-11-2013 11:45 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-11-2013 11:45 PM

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I have seen a lot of cutting boards on LJ. Some are end grain while others appear to not be end grain. Obviously non -end grain boards are easier to make, so my questions are. Does it make a difference? Should I be concerned with keeping the board clean more so with one or the other? If I was going to sell these, do people like end grainer better? Oh yeah, one more- is it true to never run an end grain board through a planer?

Thanks in advance!


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#1 posted 03-11-2013 11:52 PM

End grain will last longer and is supposed to be easier on your cutlery. You will sever fibers on the long/side grain boards. They can be put through a planer, but it is risky, hard on the machine, and you can take only the lightest of light passes.

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#2 posted 03-11-2013 11:58 PM

Shane pretty much summed it up. I would not advise putting an endgrain board through a planer. Just sayin….

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#3 posted 03-12-2013 12:03 AM

daves1- here’s a link that is very informational about how to season, maintain, and sanitize cutting boards

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#4 posted 05-08-2013 12:38 AM

good advice above. I however maintain that frequent handwashing and sanitizing work surfaces (would include cutting boards) frequently (like after each use or user!)

I worked in a greasy spoon years ago—the boss had ritual cleaning of the three horizontal grain boards. Never leave washcloth or towel on them. Wash with strong dishwasher soap at the start of the day, after busy periods wash again, and at the end of the day wash and scrub with a chore boy (?) a very heavy copper wool. Then rinse in hot-boiling water (our service water was set at 190 deg. F. and leave to dry over night. We never, ever heard of flu cases from our customers. Dept of health was always more worried about what was stored where. I was twenty years a safety and health officer and in our testing of air and surfaces always found the lunch rooms had the highest counts. This was at a wastewater treatment – solid waste handling facility. Still, wash your hands fastidiously. I season my boards with grape seed oil or walnut oil. I use turps as a solvent for my wax finishes so beeswax is out for me. I reseason them when they no longer look marvelous. (I use the strong soap, chore boy, hot water treatment before drying and oiling the next day. Good gastric fortune to you and yours. On Wisconsin!

-- Steve, 'Sconie Great White North

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#5 posted 05-08-2013 01:24 AM

End grain can be tougher to make, but if you like to make long grain boards like I do, and you still want a challenge, give this a shot. I tried to document as much as possible


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