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Forum topic by Grady posted 10-31-2013 04:39 PM 993 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-31-2013 04:39 PM

Hey all,

I’ve been lurking for a long time but pretty new to the forums, so I apologize if this has been asked before. I couldn’t seem to get the exact thing I was looking for.

If I have a batch of unknown wood, how can I tell if it would be food safe? It’s basically a package of kiln dried kindling, but the wood had some great color to it and I thought it could be a fun little cutting board.

I am very new to woodworking (less that 6 months) so I have a lot of trouble telling the difference between different types of woods. Most people could probably glance at these and tell what they are, but I’m clueless.

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#1 posted 10-31-2013 08:43 PM

can ya post a picture

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#2 posted 10-31-2013 08:50 PM

Actually many struggle with ID of wood. That being said, most common woods are food safe. The discussion still goes on about woods from nut trees being used for people who have nut allergies. I wouldn’t chance it. Aromatic Red Cedar shouldn’t be used around someone who has asthma. Walnut and Black Walnut are toxic to horses. I am sure that there are others as well. I have learned it all here.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 11-08-2013 02:44 AM

Sorry for the delay, haven’t had a good chance to get back and post pics. Here is a picture of the packaging, and then a few pieces from the pack:

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#4 posted 11-08-2013 03:21 AM

If someone can identify your wood then you can refer to this link and it may helpful for a lot of aspects in woodworking as it lists irritants and toxicity

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 04:01 PM

I was able to get in touch with the manufacturer, and this is what he said:



Anything to be worried about? I did a search and it appears that most of the woods have a minor chance of an irritant.

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 04:12 PM

It’s hard to tell from that pic, but they all look like cedar to me. Are they soft? Can you dent it with a coin in your hand? If so, I would double down on my bet.

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#7 posted 11-27-2013 01:39 PM

Any of those that I listed something I should be concerned about?

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