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Sandra

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373 days ago

Good morning folks,

I contacted a small mill about 40 minutes from here, asking if they had any shorter 8/4 pieces of hardwood such as hickory, walnut or ash.

They got back to me saying they had some cherry, oak and torrefied maple. From reading online, I see that torrefied means it’s been heated to a high temperature and therefore has a darker color.

So, would it still be good for use in a cutting board? I”m not interested in the oak, but wondering if any of you work with torrefied maple?

Thanks

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.


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fredj

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#1 posted 373 days ago

I would think it should work just fine, however, I’ve never used torrefied maple. I’m not a fan of using oak for cutting boards. Always thought of maple or birch being better. Still have a use a birch one I made 35 years ago.

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#2 posted 373 days ago

Torrefied wood is used to harden and stabilize the lumber, in addition to giving it a darker color. Using hardened, torrefied wood in a cutting board is probably at the very least a needless extra expense and the worst harder on the knives.

A cherry cutting board would be nice. If you are set on maple for the cutting board, I would keep looking. Torrefied maple would be a good choice for a lot of things, but I think cutting boards are maybe not the best use of it.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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Sandra

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#3 posted 373 days ago

Thanks for the responses, gents. I did some more reading and discovered that torrefied wood is also quite brittle and poses some gluing issues.
When I go up to the mill, I’ll take a look at the torrefied maple just to see what it looks like, but will take a pass on buying any.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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