Best domestic woods for cutting boards

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Forum topic by ol104 posted 09-05-2013 04:35 PM 984 views 0 times favorited 0 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-05-2013 04:35 PM

Hey all – a buddy of mine has asked me to make him a large cutting board.

I am inclined to go with an end grain board if i can find 8/4 lumber at a decent price, otherwise i will be going with face grain and using 5/4 to get a final thickness of 1”.

I have heard that oily woods dont do well but im not experiences enough to know which woods are overly oily.

I have also heard that open grain woods dont do as well in the face grain boards, so i presume this means woods such as Oak and walnut are not good choices?

I can get my hands on a lot of Ash, Red Elm, Hickory. Are those decent woods for cutting boards? My preference is to do an alternating pattern with 2 woods that contrast well against each other. SImilar to a Maple/Walnut contrast.

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