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nate22

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369 days ago

I am thinking of making some cutting boards to sell. What is some good kinds of wood to use. I have used maple and cherry before but I don’t know what other kinds would be good. Any ideas would be helpful.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.


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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 369 days ago

You can use any tight-grained, hard wood like maple, cherry, walnut, purpleheart, etc. Avoid the soft woods and open grain hard woods like red oak. HOWEVER, you need to be sensitive to the fact that some people are allergic to various woods, especially nut woods like walnut. Therefore, when I sell a CB, I clearly identify that it contains a wood to which some people might be allergic and let the buyers make an informed choice. HTH

-- Art

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 369 days ago

I agree with Art on that!!.........No Oak!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 369 days ago

I second that

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#4 posted 369 days ago

I’ve never had problem with oak? Maybe just a tighter grain around here. Have had problems find good walnut and cherry boards that don’t have pits or cracks. Usually can fill them with a Titebond III/sawdust combo.

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#5 posted 369 days ago

I never understood the “now open grain” statement. I get it that bacteria can get in there, but an end grain seem pretty porous too. Can anyone enlighten me as to what I am missing? Thanks

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#6 posted 368 days ago

Birch is very good for cutting boards. End grain is going to be more open than long grain, however with an open grained wood it’s even more so. Bacteria can be very happy hanging out in the cuts on a plastic cutting board, but these cut clean out easier than wood. On the other hand, the tannins in some woods keep down the grow of bacteria.

-- Fredj

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 368 days ago

Shawn, maybe this article will be of some value to you. Also, someplace in the FDA regs they specifically mention close grained woods like maple as being acceptable for food contact. If you make items for food contact and don’t follow the FDA regs, you might be leaving yourself exposed if there ever happened to be a problem. However, I have never been able to find a comprehensive list of tight grained woods or even a definitive definition of tight grained. FWIW

-- Art

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#8 posted 366 days ago

What size would be good for cutting boards. I see a lot of different sizes guys make. Is there a common size for them.

-- K & N Furniture Middlebury, In.

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AandCstyle

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#9 posted 366 days ago

I like to make them about 12”x19”x1.5” (approximates a golden rectangle), but one reason there are so many different sizes is that it often depends on the size and quantity of scrap you have in your bin.

-- Art

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